Download and print the brochure Water, Air and Land: A Sacred Trust. The New Mexico Threats Map is on page two. Although the Threats Map was updated in 2016, the text and and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Map on page one have not yet been changed from the 2013 version. However, you can find the updated LANL map as well as other maps on our Maps page. We are working on the other brochure updates now.
A modified version of the New Mexico Threats Map, emphasizing nuclear sites, was used on the Bradbury Science Museum poster. You can download a pdf of the poster from the Poster page. The map in the poster does not include the 2016 updates.
“Of all our natural resources, water has become the most precious…. Man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival.”
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Information in the brochure invites you to participate in the public policy discourse. The following guiding principles are essential for shifting public policy to a life-affirming paradigm.
THE PUBLIC TRUST DOCTRINE is the principle that government has an affirmative duty to protect natural resources for public use. It is built upon Indigenous wisdom and spiritual traditions. It became U.S. common law in 1647.
THE EARTH CHARTER is an ethical global framework created over a ten-year period with input from communities all over the Earth. It outlines principles calling for the health of the human and natural world. Protection of the environment and all people is a key element, especially for those most vulnerable to exploitation from dominant cultures and greed.
THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE states that if an action could harm the public or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken. The burden of proof falls on those who advocate the action.
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE refers to the “fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.”
Environmental Health and Racial Equity:
Building Environmentally Just, Sustainable, and Livable Communities. Bullard, 2011.
CLIMATE CHANGE CRISIS will increasingly affect water, land and air. In
New Mexico longer droughts, hotter and longer spring and fall seasons may
result in more fires, dust storms and water shortages.
January 18, 2012, Santa Fe Reporter First Person, “EcoSystemic Policy,” by Laura
“Information is power. Let’s use these visual tools to protect our Southwestern landscape – the beautiful mountains and mesas, water and air–for future generations.”
Petuuche Gilbert, Laguna Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment (LACSE)