Rally promotes environmental awareness

April 24, 2018 - Madison Spratto, Danielle Prokop

Three weeks before graduating seniors throw their caps in the air, one senior threw a rally for her sustainability capstone project.

Mary Lopez, a senior majoring in political science and minoring in sustainability, hosted an environmental rally featuring speakers from sustainability and environmental groups to table between Popejoy Hall and the Student Union Building.

Lopez said she has been studying climate change since her freshman year and hoped action would be taken against it.

“But really the government hasn’t really implemented any comprehensive policy solutions to climate change — if anything, we’ve gone backwards,” she said.

Lopez said she wanted to make her capstone project the defining moment of her final year in school. She said she combined climate change and government policy, because it is issue she has been focusing on throughout her college career.

“Of course government policy and action isn't going to be passed as a result of the rally, but I’m really hoping it’ll be a way for students to voice their concerns and their opinions and just start a conversation,” Lopez said.

After graduation, she said she wants to stay in New Mexico and work with a nonprofit.

Some of the groups who spoke and tabled included New Mexico Environmental Law CenterThink Like a BeeUNM Recycling servicesMulticultural Alliance for a Safe EnvironmentNew Mexico Solar Energy Association and Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter.

Michael Jensen, the communications and public education officer with NMELC, said it’s important for the organization to get out in the public everywhere they can. Since the group is based in Santa Fe, he said people from Albuquerque are unfamiliar with their organization.

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