Candidate, Mayor, Santa Fe

Alexis Martinez Johnson
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Do you agree with climate scientists that we are facing a climate emergency?

I am an environmental engineering professional and while we do need to take environmental stewardship seriously with concerted and reasoned efforts, I do not promote apocalyptic environmentalism whereby our children can be faced with serious mental anguish.​

Do you agree with climate scientists that greenhouse gas emissions must be reversed within 10 years in order to achieve carbon neutrality in time to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees and to avoid catastrophic runaway climate disruption?

I do not support environmental apocalypse scenarios; I support proactive measures to be environmental stewards while providing an excellent quality of life.

In your opinion, why do political leaders set benchmarks and timeframes for emissions reductions that do not comport with climate science mandates? If elected, what will you do differently than current leadership?
I will not support extremes whereby, for example, New Mexicans may be subjected to brownouts during the summer months due to the inability to produce cost-effective and reliable energy from the shutdown of current energy sources. I promote a graduated response to environmental stewardship so that we do not put children or elders in harms' way without the ability to cool themselves in the summer months or creating egregious utility costs which some New Mexicans will not be able to pay.
If elected, what specific policies will you initiate in your first year of service to implement the Sustainable Santa Fe Plan and to transition our economy to net zero carbon emissions in the timeframe set by the world’s leading scientists?

I would support a Water Audit whereby we can plan the water usage for 1-25 years into the future. I would make sure that new development was near or had public transit intersect the areas where we have new homes and businesses so that we can decrease our emissions. I would not be in favor of extreme measures where Santa Feans would pay an immense amount of taxes for little gain in environmental stewardship. I would utilize my skills as an environmental engineering professional to move forward

What measures will you propose and advance to ensure that investments in economic recovery and the transition to a green economy foster equity and economic & racial justice?

First, I would educate the youth on where many products come from such as: the lubricants required to refrigerate the vaccine during transit, clothes, plastics, cleaners, lipstick, fuel to drive, fuel to take a plane, paint, ink, roof shingles, skis, dentures, trash bags, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dishwashing liquids, deodorant, bandages, eyeglasses, aspirin, heart valves, hearing aids, masks, etc. These all come from oil and gas products. The first part of equity is education to all.

If elected, will you support investment in community-driven climate mitigation and adaptation strategies? Explain.
I would support science based engineering activities to promote environmental stewardship and not environmental apocalyptic rhetoric to youth. I do not believe in scaring youth to where they display depressive or anxiety symptoms. I believe in common sense solutions that will create a balanced approach using proactive measures. I support youth mentorship with Los Alamos National Lab, our neighbor, to work together to mitigate negative impacts to our environment and teach the next generation.
If elected, how will you include Indigenous and traditional land-based knowledge in the development of a sustainable economy for Santa Fe?

I was born and raised in New Mexico and have lived the experience where we are respectful to all cultures. In addition, my ancestry still carries through to me now the spirit of a great respect for Mother Earth. I will continue to promote equality, education, and environmental stewardship in our community. I seek to unify Santa Fe and work together, in all parts of the community, to exemplify the great respect we have for our Earth.

Who will you talk to about climate issues? Who advises you? What is your plan for community consultation on climate issues?

As an environmental engineering professional, my work experience in project management is a key skill I bring to the mayoral race. In addition, I have worked to ensure clear air, water, and soil throughout my work experience. I have many colleagues who are involved in creating a better world and will rely on environmental experts to assist in problem solving ways in which we can better Santa Fe by being conscious about our usage and working with engineers to be more efficient with any usage.

Define environmental racism in your own words and provide an example in NM

I am here to unify Santa Fe and would like to see all parts of the community to be unpolluted and welcoming to all youth, families, and community members. I strongly promote children and as a Hispanic woman I am not an ally, I am a representative of the very diverse mixture of people we have here in Santa Fe. My experience as an environmental engineering professional will serve Santa Fe well.

Do you believe climate action is an issue of intergenerational justice? What is the responsibility of your generation to the youth and future generations while in office? Explain.

I believe that we should work diligently to respect our current environment and plan to make sure resources and a great quality of life is here for our children.

What are your ideas to reduce the City's dependence on state revenues derived from oil and gas development and to increase LOCAL revenue generation from sustainable sources?

The current oil and gas funds support education in NM as well as many first responders which is necessary for a prosperous NM. We are currently in the very last in standings in education. We most definitely need to have monies for our first responders to have a safe community. I support smart transition to the best methods for utilizing energy to fuel our lives and minimizing negative effects. I support research at NM Tech and Los Alamos Lab to further innovative, cost-effective solutions.

Do you support energy democracy? How will you integrate this approach to energy justice into public policy?

I support more science and engineering students and professions so that we have a realistic understanding of what can be done to promote the best quality of life while respecting Mother Earth. As an environmental engineering professional, I do not promote apocalyptic environmentalism which can contribute to depressive and and anxious states in our youth. I believe in honest, science based proactive solutions to respecting our environment.

Some are saying that COVID-19 is the dress rehearsal for the climate crisis. In fact, in many places throughout the world, the two are compounding crises. What do you think we can learn from the COVID-19 crisis when addressing the climate crisis?
A virus and climate change are two different subject matters. I would like to hear from the youth to see what they understand to be true and provide a science based engineering perspective. I do not believe in apocalyptic associations to the environment but believe in proactive solutions to bettering our environment and quality of life. As your next mayor, I would support subject matter experts in the community such as from Los Alamos Lab and NM Tech to speak on engineering solutions.

Describe your previous experience working on social/health/environmental issues, do you have experience working with impacted communities to co-develop solutions? How will you use this experience to tackle the climate crisis?
I do not refer to our current state as a climate crisis because I think it is harmful for our youth to be in a constant state of depression and panic. We should definitely worked in a concerted effort to mitigate negative impacts by having more youth get involved in STEM related areas of study so that they can fully understand the basis for claims and make the best possible decisions as leaders in the community. As an environmental engineering professional, I am the most adept in this regard.

Have you accepted any donations from fossil fuel companies or utilities? Yes/No

Will you take the #fossilfree pledge?