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New Mexico Holds "People's Climate March" Events This Weekend

PHOTO: People's Climate March events take place on Saturday in Albuquerque and Santa Fe in support of the national People's Climate March in New York City. Photo courtesy of People's Climate March.
PHOTO: People's Climate March events take place on Saturday in Albuquerque and Santa Fe in support of the national People's Climate March in New York City. Photo courtesy of People's Climate March.
September 18, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – People's Climate March events are being held in New Mexico on Saturday to show solidarity with the national People's Climate March in New York City, ahead of next week's Climate Summit at the United Nations.

Camilla Feibelman, director of the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, says the events in Albuquerque and Santa Fe are also meant to show public support for the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which calls for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030.

"But we're also calling on Gov. Susana Martinez, who recently came out against these clean air standards, to withdraw her opposition to those new carbon pollution standards for power plants," Feibelman says.

Feibelman is also hopeful that PNM, the state's main electric utility, will use renewable energy to replace power from the stacks it's retiring at its coal-fired power plant at the San Juan Generating Station.

She says the United Nations Climate Summit brings together leaders from many nations with hopes of reducing carbon emissions, which research has shown are harmful to human health.

"They intensify and worsen asthma," Feibelman stresses. "They can be associated with premature deaths because of respiratory and heart disease issues."

The Climate March is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Church in Albuquerque.

In Santa Fe, the march starts at noon Saturday at the Santa Fe Plaza.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NM