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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01)

Albuquerque, N.M. – Thursday evening, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) discussed climate change and protecting public lands with Las Cruces Public Schools Youth Climate Advocates and students. The discussion centered on the 30×30 Resolution to Save Nature to conserve and protect 30 percent of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030.

VIDEO: Haaland, Udall Discuss Climate Change, Public Lands with Las Cruces Students 

Congresswoman Haaland and Senator Udall introduced the 30×30 resolution earlier this year, which creates a roadmap for addressing the conservation, climate, and wildlife crises. This event is part of a series of events to boost awareness about the need to address climate change, a movement led by young people. During the discussion, Las Cruces students raised their concerns about water shortages, fossil fuel development, and plastic waste. 

“Students and young people are leading the movement on climate change, but many times their cries for change fall on deaf ears. Senator Udall and I hear them and we’re working to protect our lands and waters, which is essential to protecting our communities and wildlife and stabilizing our climate,” said Congresswoman Deb Haaland, Vice Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and leader of the THRIVE Agenda.

“When we commit to protecting 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030, we are laying the foundation for New Mexico’s young people to enjoy our state’s natural treasures while boosting our outdoor economy,” Udall said. “The 30×30 goal is not only one of the most urgent protections for our current health and well-being—it’s absolutely essential to ensuring we can pass on a livable planet to the next generation and preserve our human life support system. I am looking to the young activists who are leading a new generation of the environmental movement. They represent the great diversity of this country – it is with their leadership that we will achieve a more equitable future. I am proud to carry this movement forward with Congresswoman Haaland, Friends of Organ Mountains Desert Peaks, youth organizers and activists, and other grassroots environmental supporters leading this fight for 30×30 in New Mexico and across the country.”

“Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks are committed to building a future of protected public lands that will be there for the generations to come. 30 x 30 represents a real path forward and we applaud Congresswoman Haaland and Senator Udall for their strong advocacy for our public lands. We look forward to helping develop our own New Mexico vision and roadmap that will achieve the goals of 30 x 30.” said Patrick Nolan, Executive Director, Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

“Protecting a connected network of healthy lands and waters in the United States is vital to helping our nation tackle the climate crisis., and an excellent place to start is with our public lands and waters,” said Juan Pérez Sáez, energy and climate campaign manager for The Wilderness Society. “We applaud public lands champions’ Senator Udall, Congresswoman Haaland, and young leaders, who are working to make New Mexico’s public lands part of the climate solution.”