Sarah Cottrell Propst, secretary of the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, and Dr. Dan Arvisu, NMSU Chancellor, listen as Kelsey Rader, Albuquerque sustainability officer, describes action the city is taking on climate change. The event was part of the 2019 New Mexico State University Climate Change Education Seminar Series. Image by Leah Romero. After President Donald Trump withdrew the United States in 2017 from an international agreement that set voluntary targets for how much countries would reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, a swath of states and cities across the country announced they would continue to honor the agreement.
New Mexico’s largest city joined that effort in 2018, and the state followed when Democratic governor Michelle Lujan Grisham assumed office in 2019. Three leaders in climate initiatives described efforts at the state, local and university levels at the second talk of the New Mexico State University Climate Change Education Seminar Series last week.