This afternoon, our Progress Now team brought you social media coverage on a special announcement on climate change action in Albuquerque. Mayor Tim Keller, alongside several of New Mexico’s elected officials and community leaders came together to celebrate former Mayor of New York City and UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action Mike Bloomberg’s announcement of Beyond Carbon. These climate leaders heralded the launch of the Beyond Carbon initiative and spoke of how New Mexico looks forward to partnering with Beyond Carbon to accelerate New Mexico’s movement to a clean energy economy.
Beyond Carbon is the largest coordinated effort to tackle the climate crisis ever undertaken in the United States. With a $500 million investment from former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Beyond Carbon is committed to working with climate leaders in New Mexico and in states and cities across the country to combat the climate crisis and transition the country to a 100 percent clean energy economy.
Beyond Carbon will partner with New Mexico to “pass clean energy legislation, push executive action, and support climate-forward leadership” said Brynne Craig, Beyond Carbon campaign manager.
New Mexico became an instant leader in Clean Energy policy with the passage of the Energy Transition Act during this year’s legislative session. Lawmakers and community leaders agree that there is still more work to do – this partnership will accelerate our efforts. With the involvement of organizations such as the Native American Voters Alliance, Environment New Mexico, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, CAFE, and Conservation Voters New Mexico.
During the press conference, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller built off the momentum of being selected as one of twenty-five U.S. cities chosen for Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. The Bloomberg partnership will expand on this work in New Mexico, with one goal listed as making Albuquerque 100 percent renewable-energy-powered within the next five years.
Mayor Keller’s first steps are in line with this goal; he also announced a deal with PNM to purchase 50 megawatts of solar energy from the Jicarilla Apache Nation, alongside a push toward electric vehicles and energy efficiency measures, with a focus on low-income and working class neighborhoods.
Bloomberg and Keller’s actions have expanded support for the grassroots movement against climate change that our readers and community activists have built over the years. Together, we laid the foundation for action against the climate crisis. Together, alongside friends, activists, community leaders and progressive partners, we’ll keep pushing our state to become a leader in clean energy.