In the wake of so much climate-caused devastation, there is much we can do without waiting for leaders to come to their senses to prevent more temperature increases. Top of the list is to halt extraction of oil and gas from our fragile lands and seas. The governor’s hydrogen hub depends entirely on natural gas to produce hydrogen energy. This is like the former president’s support of “clean coal.”

We can reduce our own consumption by carpooling or driving one day less each week or taking a shorter shower. Many organizations provide opportunities. See The Climate Reality Project;; Sierra Club; Sunrise Movement; or faith-based groups like Faithful America and Interfaith Power and Light. We must keep the Earth at a temperature our children and grandchildren can live at. There is plenty each of us can do.

Paula Claycomb


Tree time

A big thank-you to Bonnie Bird and friends who organized the lovely ceremony to honor the 70-plus-year-old cottonwood in decline at Harvey Cornell Rose Park. The tree will be felled later this month. About 30 participated, paying homage with prayers, poems and kind words. We watered the tree one last time and tied ribbons around the tree with our personal thoughts. This mighty cottonwood brought respite and cooling shade to many. Those who took time to gaze upon its beauty throughout the years will always remember it.

“No where else can beast or man sweeter solace find.” — Lenore Hetrick

Ann Maes

Santa Fe

Soak in knowledge

Water is a topic of great concern to all New Mexicans, including residents of Santa Fe, where we already are experiencing the devastating effects of climate change. While occasional drought has been with us for centuries, the aridification (drying) from climate change is likely to be with us for the foreseeable future, and it will influence our lives in ways we can’t yet predict. That is why I suggest that interested folks tune in to the website of the Middle Rio Grande Water Advocates (mrgwater This group is holding a two-week free virtual Zoom conference on Saturdays and Wednesdays, featuring water experts from all over New Mexico. It started Saturday. Our water woes are not easy to grasp, but this conference is a good way to hear what knowledgeable New Mexicans have to say about this topic.

Sterling Grogan

Santa Fe

No way out?

Preparations for fire protection currently address property protection and personal preparations for evacuation. There is no information about evacuation procedures, especially for neighborhoods in or near forested areas. Current streets and roads have critically limited access/egress capacities for evacuation and allowance for emergency equipment to enter areas. Does the city/county have plans, even provisional, that provide directions or other information on evacuation for areas at risk?

Dave Warren

Santa Fe

Shots by mail

I would like to see our governor apply the same logic she and others in our state government have applied to increasing voters’ rights applied to expanding citizens’ health care rights, particularly in the area of COVID-19 vaccination policies. All citizens should be mailed vaccination request forms that they can fill out and return via USPS or conveniently located vaccination request dropboxes. For those requesting a COVID-19 vaccination, a vaccination kit with instructions and a return form to be filled in and returned by recipients after self-administration of the vaccine would then be shipped to each requestor.

Such a policy would ensure more people who want a COVID-19 vaccination can get one.

Scott Karns

Santa Fe

Too flattering

It is surprising that a newspaper like yours, with deep roots in good journalism and service to its community, would publish a flattering piece on a self-styled journalist (John Block) who refuses to accept reality (“An unlikely conservative voice needles New Mexico’s left,” Dec. 26). Anyone who “remains convinced that Donald Trump won the election” certainly does not deserve to be trusted in his evaluation of other events. It would also be interesting to know more details about his participation in the events of last Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol and the lengths to which he would go to discredit his opponents.

Roxanne Allen


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Lynn k Allen

One simple thing anyone else can do immediately is catch water as you use it from Faucets in a small bucket or bowl then carry it to which ever plant you feel would like to be watered. It's amazing the amount of water you can catch & give to plants. Once water leaves the Faucet, it is Polluted, but not bad enough to make it unusable for a plant in your yard. Microbes, worms & plants need it.

Khal Spencer

If Roxanne Allen has her way, then a conservative newspaper will never write about a liberal politician, either.

Both sides, to your ideological bubbles!

Mike Johnson

In heartily endorse Ms. Claycomb's suggestions, personal sacrifice is necessary if you truly believe all this stuff, everyone who believes should immediately stop using anything made from or with fossil fuels, and stop using any form of transport, heating, etc. that uses these evil molecules. “We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi".You can save the planet, now get to it and stop complain about what I do........[lol]

Russell Scanlon

Mike—it certainly seems like there is some wiggle room between the extremes—and it would help if the fossil fuel industry would not try to block any attempt to pivot to alternative energy and was honest about their role in the current dilemma we are in. Fat chance—but in the meantime we are treated to your histrionics whenever anyone even brings up the fact that man made climate change is a real thing.

Khal Spencer

Hey, Mike. If I had room for a Corvette (mid engine C8, of course) or Porsche (I'd settle for a 718 Cayman), I'd likely buy one (sometimes I do think about a bigger place...). But I would still use my bicycle as my daily driver and save the zoom zoom car for special occasions. Come to think of it, that's what I did when I did own a Porsche 951!

The Gandhi quote is spot on. Take care, my friend.

Richard Reinders

Roxanne, not allowing the other side fair time in the paper is what they do in China, Russia or Venezuela. I don’t agree with Block but I am ok with him having the right to say what he wishes, it’s an American thing. If it upsets you don’t read what he writes or move to China.

Emily Koyama

Spot on, Richard. It seems that some would be perfectly happy with doing away with the First Amendment, as long as THEY get to decide what speech is acceptable.

A slippery slope indeed.

Russell Scanlon

And there are other choices we can make individually also. Part of our plan for retirement was to move to a place where we are less dependent on our car and we can access services by walking. So here we are in central SF. We have reduced our typical weekly consumption of gasoline by over 75%. . . . Better for your health also, BTW.

Khal Spencer

Yep. Upon retirement, we moved to Santa Fe for the same reason. Everything is pretty close. Plus, we cut our home footprint by a third, i.e., less heating and cooling.

We won't accomplish much by nibbling around the edges. Its gonna take a sea change in sustainability. Our choices in food (per JC Corcoran's comment), transportation, energy, housing, etc. And one doesn't have to rail about about Senate filibusters preventing one from making those choices.

Meanwhile, there are already people pushing back against the proposed lithium mine in their back yards. AFAIC, a honkin' electric F-150 being driven to the supermarket is greenwashing at its finest.

Stefanie Beninato

Thanks, Roxanne, for pointing out the paper's touting of John Block's candidacy which for those of us who are rational and accept facts can only come to a quick flame-out.

JC Corcoran

“It is rare that a single choice of ours can have a broad and decisive impact on the climate crisis. We have a moral imperative to choose and advocate for plant-based diets for the health of our planet and the well-being and survival of generations to come.” ~ George C. Wang, M.D., Ph.D. is an integrative medicine physician, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, and adjunct assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

"Adopting a plant-based diet is one of the most powerful choices an individual can make in mitigating environmental degradation and depletion of Earth's natural resources." ~ National Academy of Sciences

“If cattle and dairy cows were a country, they would have more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire EU 28.” ~ Steven Chu, President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, former Energy Secretary, Nobel Prize winning physicist

"The only way to have a truly sustainable diet is to eat more plant-based foods and less meat and dairy. All this new research shows that we don’t have a choice — there simply isn’t the land to feed the U.S. or the world any other way." ~ Center for Biological Diversity

“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use... It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car." ~ Joseph Poore, University of Oxford, Department of Zoology and the School of Geography and Environment

"A 1% reduction in world-wide meat intake has the same benefit as a three trillion-dollar investment in solar energy." ~ Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy

"As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease." ~ Worldwatch Institute, "Is Meat Sustainable?"

“If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains... the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” ~ Environmental Defense Fund

"The growth in [animal agriculture] coupled with an increased need for protein and energy-rich animal feed has had a devastating impact on nature. Feed crops threaten the biodiversity of many of Earth’s most valuable and vulnerable areas." ~ Appetite for Destruction, World Wildlife Fund

"The livestock sector emerges as one of the top contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. The findings of this report suggest that it should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency." ~ UN Food and Agricultural Organization's report "Livestock's Long Shadow"

“Eating mostly plant-based foods while reducing the global consumption of animal products, especially ruminant livestock, can improve human health and significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions.” ~ Alliance of World Scientists

“... the consumption of healthy and sustainable diets, such as those based on coarse grains, pulses, and vegetables, and nuts and seeds … presents major opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” ~ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

"Reducing meat and dairy consumption will have positive effects on greenhouse gas emissions and human health. It will also help biodiversity, which must be conserved to ensure the world's growing population is fed." ~ Global Environmental Change

"Beef, the most commonly consumed ruminant meat, is resource-intensive to produce, requiring 20 times more land and emitting 20 times more GHGs per gram of edible protein than common plant proteins, such as beans, peas and lentils." ~ World Resources Institute

"As a planet, we need to transition away from a dependence on livestock, just as we need to transition away from fossil fuels..." ~ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

"Moving the American appetite from our burger-heavy diet to plant-based eating is a powerful and necessary part of curbing the climate crisis." ~ Center for Biological Diversity

“Our research emphasizes the importance of reducing emissions from the global food system. The most important is for individuals to shift towards predominantly plant-based diets.” ~ Dr. Michael Clark, Oxford Martin School and Nuffield Department of Population Health

“Our use of animals as a food-production technology has brought us to the verge of catastrophe.” ~ United Nations Environment Programme

"However they are achieved, plant-based diets are a compelling win-win for society... Few climate solutions of this magnitude lie in the hands of individuals or are as close as the dinner plate." ~ Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist

Mike Johnson


Richard Reinders

But what he doesn't know is the fertilizer used to grow the lettuce comes from natural gas, as well as all plants need fertilizer to grow enough to feed the world. Lets not forget about the tractors to plant and harvest or the trucks to deliver these veggies or are we going to do world distribution from a horse and wagon.

Emily Koyama

A nicely marbled ribeye, baked potato, asparagus and lotsa artery-clogging butter for dinner. YUM.

Richard Reinders

Throw 2 of those ribeye on the grill and I will join you.

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