TODAY: Sen. Udall, Rep. Haaland, NM Rep. Louis to Host New Mexico Stop on “Road to 30” Virtual Tour

September 21, 2020
Press Release
Udall and Haaland have introduced the “30x30 Resolution to Save Nature” in Congress, and will speak with NM State Rep. Georgene Louis and the Center for Western Priorities, Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club about the importance of protecting 30 percent of America’s lands and waters by 2030 for New Mexico

WASHINGTON— TODAY, Monday, September 21, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. MT / 3:30 p.m. ET, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.),U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and New Mexico State Representative Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque) will join will join the Center for Western Priorities and the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club for the New Mexico stop on the “Road to 30” virtual tour of states across the West. The lawmakers will emphasize the importance of protecting 30 percent of America’s lands and waters by 2030, known as the 30x30 initiative. The event will focus on protecting New Mexico’s natural heritage, biodiversity, public health, and the role protecting nature will play in the economic recovery from the impacts of the coronavirus.

According to biologists, nature across the world is collapsing. Global human activity has altered three-quarters of the Earth’s lands, and within the United States, about a football field worth of natural area is converted to human development every 30 seconds. Hundreds of scientists are warning the rapid loss of natural space will result in a mass extinction, exacerbated by climate change. In the face of this crisis, ecologists are urging the conservation of at least 30 percent of the planet’s lands and oceans by 2030 (30×30), a critical step that can protect nature, strengthen communities, and improve public health.

TODAY, September 21, 2020

WHAT: Sen. Udall, Rep. Haaland and NM Rep. Georgene Louis will join Center for Western Priorities for the New Mexico stop on the “Road to 30” virtual tour to discuss the bold vision to protect 30 percent of America’s lands and water by 2030, highlighting the pressing need to conserve New Mexico’s natural heritage, strengthen communities, and improve public health.

WHO:

  • U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), United States Senator for New Mexico
  • U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), United States Representative for New Mexico’s 1st district
  • NM Rep. Georgene Louis, State Representative for New Mexico District 26
  • Camilla Feibelman, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Director
  • Jennifer Rokala, Executive Director of Center for Western Priorities

WHEN: TODAY, Monday, September 21, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. MT / 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

HOW TO JOIN: View the YouTube livestream here. View the Facebook livestream here.

BACKGROUND ON 30x30 INITIATIVE:

Nature across the world is collapsing, according to biologists. Global human activity has altered three-quarters of the Earth’s lands, and within the United States, about a football field worth of natural area is converted to human development every 30 seconds. Hundreds of scientists are warning the rapid loss of natural space will result in a mass extinction, exacerbated by climate change. In the face of this crisis, ecologists are urging the conservation of at least 30 percent of the planet’s lands and oceans by 2030 (30×30), a critical step that can protect nature, strengthen communities, and improve public health.

In a recent Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll, 73 percent of voters in eight Mountain West states favored the 30x30 initiative, with majority support across party lines for the ambitious conservation goal.

For more details on Udall’s legislation, S.Res.372 and Haaland’s legislation, H.Res.835, please visit Udall’s website here and Haaland’s website here or go to Roadto30.org.