Youth for a Safe Water & Climate Future amplifies the voices of youth in watershed and energy policy issues since 2003 and has been sustained by the support of the Bosque School, Goodman Youth Leadership Project at the Black Institute, the New Mexico State Land Office and the McCune Foundation. We bring over 150 youth each year to the NM Legislature to speak about issues they care about, including securing a safe water and climate future. We also focus on advancing good water and land resilience policy on the local, state, federal and international levels. Keep posted here for statewide gatherings and new policy analysis resources.
Teachers, we ask your students to:
- Prepare 2 or 3 questions to ask policy makers at the 10-12am forum on January 31st on water, energy and environmental issues.
- Find who are their local Senate and House representatives, how to reach them by phone, email and their office locations in the legislature.
- Research what bills their representatives have introduced and/or sponsored (signed on to an already introduced bill) both related to water and not related to water.
- Write a letter to their representatives on a water issue or any other issue the youth care about. The letter can address:
- proposed legislation the representative will vote on any topic the student chooses.
- concerns about streams, wet areas (including farm land), and lakes the students know and want to protect.
- suggestions for safeguarding existing environmental protections by state agencies.
We suggest all teachers contact your representatives and/or their staff personally to let them know that you are coming. You may ask your legislator to meet with them to ask questions of them directly during the afternoon of February 10 – this can be very exciting for the students. All teachers that have requested meetings in the past have been received by their legislators for at least a brief talk with students.
Youth for a Safe Water & Climate Future Documents