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NEW MEXICO GREEN AMENDMENT

New Mexico Overview

What is a Green Amendment?

Green Amendments are self executing provisions added to the bill of rights section of a constitution that recognize and protect the rights of all people. regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or income, including future generations, to pure water, clean air, a stable climate, and healthy environments.

What's Happening in New Mexico?

Happening in New Mexico

On January 5, 2022,  House Joint Resolution 02/Senate Joint Resolution 02 -- a resolution to amend the New Mexico Constitution in order to add enforceable environmental rights -- was introduced by Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Representative Joanne Ferrary.  The amendment currently under consideration can be viewed here.

Even more legislators have signed on as official sponsors of the amendment.They are: Senator Harold Pope, Jr., Senator Bill Soules, Senator Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics, Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino, Senator Carrie Hamblen, Representative Tara Lujan, Senator Shannon Pinto, Representative Debbie Sarinana,  Senator Linda Lopez, Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero, Senator Bill Tallman, Senator Jeff Steinborn, Representative Kay Bounkeua, Representative Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson, Representative Gail Chasey, Representative Miguel Garcia, Senator Roberto "Bobby" J. Gonzales, Senator Brenda McKenna,, Senator Michael Padilla, Senator Nancy Rodriguez, Senator Benny Shendo, Representative Pamela Herndon, Representative Linda Serrato, and Representative Matthew McQueen.

At a hearing of the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee the amendment did not receive enough votes to advance - with a 5 to 5 vote the amendment was placed in legal limbo. But through hard work and negotiation the language we negotiated so it provides the same powerful protection but in a different way, and the amendment was again on the move with a new hearing scheduled before the same committee on February 5, 2022.

Check out our Take Action page and events calendar to learn more about what is happening and how you can make your voice heard.

Check out this short video to learn about the power of this movement and some of the leading New Mexico voices supporting it.

Upon securing just a majority vote in each of the legislative houses, the NM Green Amendment will be placed on the ballot for a vote of the people at the next election. While the Governor has the bully pulpit and could be using her voice in support, she does not have an official role in the constitutional amendment process.

The Joint Resolution for 2022 consideration proposes amending the state constitution’s Bill of Rights to recognize and protect the rights of all of the people of New Mexico to a clean and healthy environment, and stable climate; and to ensure the natural resources of the state  are protected for present and future generations. (See full text below in Green)

Want to see the full NM Green Amendment text and benefit from the top talking points you can use to educate yourself and others? Check out the Resources Page of our site including Top Points of Importance, Frequently Asked Questions, how the amendment can help address the climate crisis, how such an amendment helps advance true environmental justice and more.  

MORE EXCITING NEWS

On National Green Amendment Day, the Doña Ana Board of County Commissioners stood in solidarity with many New Mexico organizations and passed a proclamation formally recognizing July 13 as Green Amendment Day.

Read the proclamation here and listen to Senator Carrie Hamblen's powerful remarks on the need for a NM Green Amendment particularly for BIPOC communities. Senator Hamblen is the CEO and President of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce and serves as the state Senator for District 38.

New Mexico organizational support for a state Green Amendment is on the rise. If you are the leader of an organization, business or other entity, please consider signing our organizational letter of support found here.  A full list of organizational supporters, along with links to their websites, can be found below.

New Mexico is being featured in The Green Amendment documentary series. You can read about the journey of interviews and filming in a 3 part reflection series written by our Founder, Maya van Rossum:

New Mexico is being featured in the Green Amendment Documentary Series.

Want to see a bit more about the beginning of our NM Green Amendment movement?  This video includes highlights of one of our earlier visits and how it all began.

The New Mexico Green Amendment Joint Resolution Currently Advancing Reads as Follows:

SECTION 1. It is proposed to amend Article 2 of the constitution of New Mexico by adding a new:

A. The people of the state shall be entitled to clean and healthy air, water, soil and environment; a stable climate; and self-sustaining ecosystems, for the benefit of public health, safety and general welfare. The state, including its political subdivisions, shall serve as trustee of the natural resources of New Mexico and shall conserve, protect and maintain these resources for the benefit of all the people, including present and future generations.

B. The provisions of this section are self-executing. Monetary damages shall not be awarded for a violation of this section."

SECTION 2. It is proposed to amend Article 20 of the constitution of New Mexico by repealing Section 21.

 

History of the New Mexico Green Amendment to bring you up to speed:

In the 2021 legislative session, a very similar amendment (only a few words difference) was the subject of a February 8, 2021 hearing and vote before the Senate Rules Committee who voted 7-4 in favor.  From there the amendment proceeded to the Senate Judiciary Committee where it unfortunately languished until the end of the legislative session because of the failure of Senator Cervantes to put it forth for hearing.

Not to be deterred, our legislative champions and growing coalition of organization supporters immediately started gearing up for the 2022 legislative session. Consideration of constitutional amendments are appropriate and commonplace for the 30 day session.  Bringing us to today.

Organizations Signed On Supporting New Mexico Having a Green Amendment

COVID-19 has certainly impacted the ability to engage as robustly as is needed to ensure everyone understands the values and power of a NM Green Amendment.  If you want to help us spread the word by organizing a zoom talk please send an email to GAFTG@ForTheGenerations.org and we will work with you to set it up.

You can also help us demonstrate support for passage of a New Mexico Green Amendment by signing the petition today and be sure to share it with your friends. Read the petition and sign on here

National Green Amendments Movement

Find out where else we are working.

Learn more about Green Amendments For the Generations at forthegenerations.org.