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New Mexico Indigenous, environmental and frontline groups head to New York to advocate for end to fossil fuels

September 13, 2023
Rebecca Sobel, WildEarth Guardians, (267) 402-0724, rsobel@wildearthguardians.org
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SANTA FE, N.M.— More than 40 prominent New Mexican community leaders in the battle against oil and gas extraction will travel to New York City to participate in the March to End Fossil Fuels, a mass mobilization taking place Sept. 17 ahead of the United Nations Climate Ambition Summit. The New Mexico delegation will deliver a declaration and join global advocates in calling on President Biden and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to lead the way in phasing out fossil fuels.

“We’re marching to end fossil fuels because here in New Mexico we experience firsthand the devastating harms that oil and gas pollution and climate change cause to our lands, air, waters, health and cultures,” said Julia Bernal, executive director of Pueblo Action Alliance. “Oil and gas extraction in our state plays an enormous role in the global climate crisis and we’re standing up to demand that our leaders take action to help us secure a safe and healthy future without fossil fuels.”

What: The New Mexico delegation joins a march of more than 10,000 advocates in New York City to implore the Biden and Lujan Grisham administrations to halt fossil fuels and champion a just and inclusive transition to clean energy.

When: Sept. 17, 2023, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST.

Where: The march starts on Broadway between 52nd and 57th streets in Manhattan. It will proceed on 52nd Street and culminate with a rally on 1st Avenue and 50th Street. The New Mexico delegation will be positioned toward the front of the march. Photo and video resources of the delegation will be available for reporters immediately following the march.

Who: Representatives of the Greater Chaco Coalition, the New Mexico No False Solutions Coalition and the Permian Basin Climate Justice Coalition, including Pueblo Action Alliance, Diné Citizens Against Ruining our Environment, Diné Centered Research and Evaluation, Indigenous Lifeways, Youth United for Climate Crisis Action, Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women,  NDN Collective, New Mexico Climate Justice, New Energy Economy, WildEarth Guardians, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter and the Center for Biological Diversity.


The United Nations is urging world leaders to phase out fossil fuels in order to safeguard people and the planet. The March to End Fossil Fuels will leverage national and international pressure to compel President Biden to change course after a series of approvals for fossil fuel projects, including an extensive fracking expansion in New Mexico’s Permian Basin, one of the world’s largest oil fields.


Other Contact
Julia Bernal, Pueblo Action Alliance, (505) 220-0051, julia@puebloactionalliance.org, Alejandria Lyons, New Mexico No False Solutions Coalition, nmnofalsesolutions@gmail.com, Jonathon Juárez, Youth United for Climate Crisis Action, (505) 420-9498, yucca@earthcarenm.org, Cheyenne Antonio, Diné C.A.R.E., (505) 377-1862, c.antonio40@gmail.com, Silas Grant, Center for Biological Diversity, (312) 286-9511, sgrant@biologicaldiversity.org, Danger K Varoz, New Energy Economy, (505) 659-0217, danger.varoz@newenergyeconomy.org, Anni Hanna, New Mexico Climate Justice, (505) 879-3806, nmclimatejustice@gmail.com