The New Face of NM Climate Justice

Meet the new face of the NM Climate Justice: Bosque Bobcat, Cheyenne ‘26. She is “humbled and proud” that her likeness is featured in the organization’s new logo—which her dad designed. NM Climate Justice focuses on grassroots efforts to protect clean air and water, bring awareness to the health of frontline communities, defend sacred lands, and promote transitioning off of fossil fuels. “Young people are leading the way to protect our earth,” said Anni Elwell Hanna, founder of NM Climate Justice. “Cheyenne’s deep commitment to climate justice and dedication to community inspires us! We are honored to have her on our logo.” 
Her face isn’t the only connection Cheyenne has to NM Climate Justice. She first learned about the work they do at the 2019 Global Climate Strike rally. “I loved that rally because it was led by other kids who want to make a difference,” she explained. “Being part of the climate justice and the environmental movement is important to me because I want to have a future where our planet is healthy, the air is clean, and I can live,” she said. “Here in New Mexico, we have to protect our land as well as our culture. They go hand in hand.”
Cheyenne is a fierce advocate for climate justice. She has been participating in the Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta Day of Service every year since she was four years old. Ms. Huerta was a leader in the United Farm Workers Union with Cesar Chavez. During this day of service, over 400 students gather each year to learn about growing food, planting and storing seeds, and water conservation.
Cheyenne also volunteers at La Plazita, a community group in the South Valley that engages vulnerable youth and families through focusing on food justice, water protection, traditional healing, and organic gardening. This year, La Plazita moved their organic farm onto Cheyenne’s family’s property. The farm will be named after her grandfather, David Witherspoon, who was credited as one of the first teachers to start school gardens in Albuquerque. “I am inspired by his activism in saving agricultural land in the South Valley from development,” Cheyenne said about her grandfather. “Once it's gone, it's gone. Without this sacred land, we wouldn’t have the same access to farms and local food.” Now, Cheyenne will be able to walk out her front door to volunteer on the La Plazita farm and help grow produce for her community members. 

NM Climate Justice invites other young community members, like Cheyenne, to share the work they are doing through video and photos.