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Kerry to Join New Mexicans in ‘Stepping Up’ the Call for Climate Action

April 12, 2007

Former Presidential candidate John Kerry will be in New Mexico this Saturday urging Congress and regular citizens to “Step It Up” when it comes to acting against climate change. Over a dozen rallies and events are planned across the state for the first National Day of Climate Action. Eva Thaddeus with the Sierra Club says everyone needs to get serious about reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

"The message is that climate change action can’t wait, that what we do right now and in the next 10 years is going to affect the generation of our children and generations to come."

Kerry will speak at a rally in Santa Fe. In Albuquerque, Thaddeus and others will go door-to-door handing out energy-efficient light bulbs donated by the city. Most scientists agree that humans contribute to global warming and that major changes are needed soon to preserve our climate.

In Santa Fe, community members are also invited to ‘Step It Up’ by planting trees on the Santa Fe River Preserve south of town. Rosie Brandenberger with Forest Guardians says the goal is to restore habitat while fighting global warming.

"We will plant trees along our river preserve to actually offset people’s carbon emissions that they’ve already used."

Over 1,300 “Step It Up’ events are planned in all fifty states. To the find the one nearest you, visit online at

Eric Mack, Public News Service - NM