Petitioned by a coalition of groups across the country, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has granted a hearing on the fundamental human right to clean and affordable drinking water on October 23rd in Washington DC.
The Red Water Pond Road Community Association - a grassroots organization of Diné families who have experienced and lived with the impacts of uranium mining and milling near Churchrock, NM since the 1960s - is one of the co-petitioners. With the support of the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment, members of the organization will be traveling to Washington, D.C. with NMELC staff attorney Eric Jantz, to testify before the Commission about the impacts that 50 years of mining and mine waste have had on their ability to secure safe drinking water.Read questionnaire submitted to Commission.
10/09/2015 • Back to top
Reflective Images, Santa Fe-based designer jewelry studio with its gallery and studio on Baca Street, has been widely recognized for its green and fair business practices. The company have been very active in environmental and business issues. In 2015 Reflective Images Jewelry announced it was the first certified Fairtrade Gold American jeweler by Fairtrade International.
*Items must be regularly priced and does not apply to diamonds on engagement rings.
10/02/2015 • Back to top
“I look for the places in between whether I have a month, a day, or a minute…, I find wilderness.” Craig Childs
SANTA FE, N.M.— Join the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) when it hosts the Wild & Scenic Film Festival with special guest speaker, Southwest author and naturalist Craig Childs. Childs will give a live presentation to NMELC members and introduce his short film The Story of Place at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Pavilion on the evening of Saturday, September 12, 2015.
In his members-only presentation, Ghost Water, Childs will take us on a journey through time and water, unfolding the land around us to look inside and find the one element we all need.
“Water is the most elusive and crucial element we have,” says Childs. “Water flows through everything. You might not be able to see it, but it’s written all around you in every cottonwood and arroyo. It’s a ghost, and you have to honor your ghosts.”
09/11/2015 • Back to top
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival returns to Santa Fe!
SANTA FE, N.M.— Join the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) when it hosts the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Tour in its 2nd Annual showing at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Pavilion on the evening of Saturday, September 12, 2015.
One of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, Wild & Scenic films combine stellar film making, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite. Explore solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.
This year our Special Guest is author, Craig Childs, who will give a presentation to NMELC members prior to the films.
08/12/2015 • Back to top
The project was permitted by the state in 2002. Three years later, the EPA agreed to investigate Reade’s claims. Then: silence, for nine years… Environmental injustice “definitely exists in New Mexico,” Meiklejohn said. “It’s an issue because the state laws and state regulations don’t protect politically powerless people.” NBCNews.com
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08/11/2015 • Back to top
“Our clients are not trying to stop copper mining; they are trying to ensure that copper mining does not pollute ground water.”
Douglas Meiklejohn, NMELC Executive Director
SANTA FE, N.M.— The New Mexico Supreme Court has granted the petition filed by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) requesting review of the Copper Rule, which regulates discharges from copper mines in New Mexico. The Supreme Court order, dated July 13th, states that it will review all the issues raised in the petition.
07/14/2015 • Back to top