Youth for a Secure Water & Climate Future amplifies the voices of youth in watershed and climate policy issues since 2003.  Through hands-on civic experiences, students learn ways to improve public speaking, research and storytelling, and ways to take the issues they care about and make a case for positive change. Students learn to write persuasive letters and send factually-based emails to advocate for improvements in water and climate policies in their communities and the state. Creating civic pathways for youth helps them express their own desire for action and inspires them to raise their voices to have an impact on laws related to protecting water and addressing the climate crisis. Once they have this experience, youth have a growing awareness about water and climate concerns and also can share ways to do something about it.  

We bring over 150 youth each year to the New Mexico Legislature to speak about issues they care about. 

Teachers, we ask your students to:

  1. Prepare 2 or 3 questions to ask policy makers at the forum event on water, energy and environmental issues (Feb. 9 in 2024) .
  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  – 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.

Online curriculum with short videos and knowledge checks on Water, Wildlife, Climate, and more

Finding your legislator and researching legislation (click here)

Guidance for writing letters (click here)

 

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Youth for a Safe Water & Climate Future Documents