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New Mexico Rising Climate Film Fest

  • UNM Continuing Education Center 1634 University Boulevard NE Albuquerque, NM (map)

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Join us in exploring the effects of climate disruption globally and here in New Mexico, while also learning how you can make a difference.

Nuestra Tierra Founder Gabe Vasquez will be speaking about how to use traditional media to get messages out to the public about climate change and climate disruption in New Mexico:


5:45 pmRegistration/No fee

6:00 pmWelcome/Overview of Film Festival: Ray Powell, former NM Commissioner of Public Lands6:15 pmDr. David Gutzler, Ph.D, UNM Professor of Climatology: Impacts of Climate Change on Humans and the Environment

7:00 pmDr. Sandra Steingraber: Her personal story, Film: Unfractured (2017), presentation, Q & A

9:00 pmClosing comments/reminder of Saturday events


8:45 amDoors Open/$10 for adults; Children/youth to age 18 eat free
Voter Registration Table

9:00 amOverview: Ray Powell, moderator
Greeting: Elizabeth J. Kistin Keller, Ph.D, First Lady of ABQ
Update/Q&A: Kelsey Rader, Sustainability Officer, City of ABQ

10:00 amFilm: CAVU Premiere in ABQ: Wildlife Without Borders: Wildlife Across the West, the first film in a new series, plus CAVU films:

  • What isn't there to love about New Mexico?

  • Changing Landscape

  • Is New Mexico ready to be the next Saudi Arabia?

11:15 amMaya van Rossum, author and activist: The Green Amendment: Securing our right to a healthy environment11:55 amClimate Strike: Delese Dellios,, and YouthNoonFilm: The American Southwest: Are we running dry? (23 min.)
Speaker: Theresa Cardenas, President, Middle Rio Grande Water Advocates1:00 pmVegetarian lunch (with registration)

1:45 pmTarin Nix, State Land Commission: Open for Business: Transitioning to a Renewable Energy Future2:10 pmChristina Allday-Bondy, NM Healthy Soils Working Group: Supporting Healthy Soils and Regenerative Agriculture at Home, with The Soil Story (4 min.)

2:30 pmPhoebe Suina, Cochiti and San Felipe Pueblos: Indigenous Insights Into Sustainability2:45 pmFilm: Sacred Land, Sacred Water
Q&A: Donald T. Phillips, geologist and screenwriter, Craig Barth, publisher and filmmaker3:45 pmBreakout groups/discussion

  • Using the media to get our message out, August March & Gabriel Vasquez

  • Climate Change effects on wildlife management and public lands, Jesse Deubel & Tarin Nix

  • Green Amendment: Securing our right to a healthy environment, Maya van Rossum

  • Changing personal habits to make a difference, Craig Barth

  • Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture, Christina Allday-Bondy

  • Opportunities to advance climate-related policy at the state and local level, Melanie Stansbury & Isaac Benton

4:30 pmReports by groups with action plans

4:50 pmClosing remarks

Earlier Event: August 17
Wilderness First Aid Training
Later Event: September 21
Gila River Festival Hike