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:

  1. Prepare 2 or 3 questions to ask policy makers at the 10-12am forum on January 31st on water, energy and environmental issues.
  2. Find who are their local Senate and House representatives, how to reach them by phone, email and their office locations in the legislature.
  3. 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.
  4. Write a letter to their representatives on a water issue or any other issue the youth care about.  The letter can address:

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.

Finding your legislator and researching legislation (click here)

Guidance for writing letters (click here)

Click here to see HOT Legislation for 2018

Click here to see Hot Legislation for 2017 – a summary of current bills being considered at the Roundhouse (click here)! 

Click here to see Hot Legislation from the 2015 session!!

Click here on some of the bills addressing water, watershed restoration and energy issues for 2014

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