Candidate, City Council, Santa Fe District 4

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

Yes

 
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?

Yes 

 
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 believe we have to educate, and bring the correct people to the table to educate our leaders. I know, already through this process, I have been educated by so many, many of which are part of organizations/movements such as this. You all need to be involved in leading initiatives that address our climate crisis. Santa Fe has implemented the Green New Deal but we need the right people to be involved in these actions so there is follow through and true intentionality.
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 will examine closely our Sustainability Plan/Green New Deal, making sure we are making sufficient progress, and that we have accountability systems in place for making this plan a reality. I believe we must examine our building codes to build a sustainable future. Lastly, I would like to develop youth opportunities through after school or summer programs, where they are involved in our sustainable plan, being educated but also having a hand in building our sustainable future.

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?

Collaborative voice and community participation, making sure that funding represents all of Santa Fe, and the needs for each part of our city. The only way to truly understand diverse need is to collect the data to appropriately advocate for proper funding for our diverse needs. This is qualitative and quantitative data to draw an accurate picture to justify investment into our community.

If elected, will you support investment in community-driven climate mitigation and adaptation strategies? Explain.
Absolutely, community buy-in, education, and involvement will be necessary for any and all sustainable planning and initiatives.
If elected, how will you include Indigenous and traditional land-based knowledge in the development of a sustainable economy for Santa Fe?

Giving these communities a voice in our rollout of our sustainable plan. I believe we could gain great knowledge.

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

The community, this organization, the scientists, advocates/activists who are fighting for the sustainability of our future. You will be my thought partners, educators, and hold me accountable to set our city up for a sustainable future. I will have an open door policy, you will have my contact information, I will need you to have access to me to lead me in the right direction.

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

Inequities in access to green/clean environmental opportunities, or over exposure to toxic environmental conditions based on SES, and/or community placement.

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.

We have to involve our youth in our sustainability plan. This would include educational and extracurricular opportunities to contribute, to become educated, and to be involved in the necessary steps for the success of our sustainability plan.

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?

I would have to look further into this, as I have not developed my own ideas so far on this. I'm curious about the ideas already out there.

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

I need to learn more about this, but if it involves public voice and involvement, I would imagine that I would support this. I look forward to the opportunity to learn more on this so that I can collaborate with the experts in developing the best approach.

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?How unprepared we are for what may be in our future. We have a reactive culture rather than preventative, but a reaction to the outcome of a climate crisis, may not be a enough to dig us out. Prevention, prevention, prevention is key.

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 have a lot of experience with social/emotional/mental health, but not as much environmental, like I said this journey so far has taught me so much, and has opened my eyes to so much, but I will admit I still have a lot to learn. What I will say is that my community experience will allow me to learn fast and tackle the necessary preventative. measures for our current climate crisis more appropriately and successfully.

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

Will you take the #fossilfree pledge? 
Yes