New Mexico has long been treated as a sacrifice zone by the fossil fuel and nuclear energy industries, with Indigenous, people of color, and low-wealth communities being the worst impacted. Today, it is becoming a site for harmful, unproven false solutions such as carbon capture and storage and hydrogen. However, the state is ideally placed to transition away from its dependence on toxic industries, guided by the leadership of the most impacted communities.
IPS recently released a report titled New Mexico at a Crossroads: False Solutions or Just Transition?,” which draws upon publicly available information as well as insights from community organizers leading the fight for a just transition in New Mexico to make the case for centering community-led solutions. Please join us online to hear about a vision for a future free of harmful extractive industry from two leaders in the fight for a just transition in New Mexico.
Basav Sen, IPS Climate Policy Project Director
Taneya Garcia, the 2022-2023 New Mexico Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.