Letter to President Peña Nieto Regarding Mexico's National Climate Contribution

March 23th, 2015

 

Enrique Peña Nieto

President of Mexico

Residencia Oficial de Los Pinos

Distrito Federal

MEXICO

 

Mr. President Peña Nieto:

On behalf of our organizations, we write to congratulate the government and people of Mexico for the serious attention you have given to addressing climate change. As countries of the world announce carbon pollution goals and other climate measures ahead of UN climate talks in Paris this December, strong, positive leadership from Mexico is vital for our common success.

For this reason, we call on Mexico to maintain its leadership with your announcement of an ambitious and transparent national climate contribution at the end of March. You can set the standard for subsequent country contributions with a proposal that transitions Mexico toward renewable energy, protects its forests, and prepares for climate impacts, including measures to implement these plans and support regional cooperation. Your leadership would also set a powerful example of the collaborative spirit needed for success in Paris.

The United States and Mexico share the common challenge of responding to the growing impacts of climate change in the Americas. The extreme storms that battered communities in Cabo San Lucas and Lázaro Cárdenas last year also flooded the homes of families in Tucson and Phoenix. Sea level rise is already threatening cities from Miami to Veracruz. And the water shortages that have always plagued the 2,000 miles of our shared border are getting worse, causing additional stress to Mexican and American farmers and freshwater ecosystems on both sides of the border. We can meet these challenges, but we must act together and with urgency.  

For these reasons, we have watched with encouragement and pride as Mexico has demonstrated a non-partisan approach to addressing climate change at home. The Mexican General Law on Climate Change was groundbreaking, the first of its kind in the developing world, setting clear targets to reduce carbon pollution. Your administration has continued to lead by setting a national target of 25% renewable electricity by 2018. This auspicious target requires doubling renewable energy generation, while reducing 18 million tons of carbon pollution. Mexico also has been one of the most important nations in advancing a cooperative international response to this global challenge, including an early contribution to the Green Climate Fund.

Just as Mexico has prioritized climate action, US Latino communities are an increasingly strong voice for action. From the farmers and farmworkers whose livelihoods are threatened by droughts in the American West to urban communities facing disproportionate health risks from fossil fuel pollution, US Latinos are on the front lines of the climate challenge. A recent poll by the New York Times and Stanford University is indicative of this, showing that 95% of US Latinos want the US Government to address climate change. Our concern for US action is driven by the impacts felt by our extended families in Latin America as well. We know that US leadership is crucial to delivering the type of global response required to protect communities everywhere. And we were encouraged to see the United States and China announce new commitments last November.

Mr. President, Mexico has been an important leading light on climate action. Your leadership is needed again now, especially by committing to strong 2025 and 2030 emissions targets to help move Mexico toward renewable energy while protecting vulnerable populations.

This year represents a special moment where all the nations of the world are putting forward their best plans to reduce emissions and prepare for climate impacts. If we act together while each doing our fair share, the climate talks in Paris can succeed. We stand ready to support you, and will actively encourage the United States to continue its efforts to be a strong climate partner for Latin America and the world.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mark Magaña

President & CEO

GreenLatinos

 

Irene Vilar

Founder & Director

Americas For Conservation + The Arts

Americas Latino Eco Festival

 

Marce Gutiérrez

Founder & Director

Azul

La Madre Tierra

 

Anabella Bastida

Executive Director

Council of Mexican Federations (COFEM)

 

Bruce Goldstein

President

Farmworker Justice

 

Maite Arce

President & CEO

Hispanic Access Foundation

 

Antonio R. Flores

President & CEO

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

 

Jose Calderon

President

Hispanic Federation

 

Clayton Louis Ferrara

Executive Director 

IDEAS For Us

 

José González

Founder & Director

Latino Outdoors

 

Juan Alfredo Rodriguez Martinez

Founder

Latin@Verde Advocacy Project

 

Brent A. Wilkes

National Executive Director

League of United Latin American Councils (LULAC)

 

Irma R. Muñoz

President & CEO

Mujeres de la Tierra

 

Oscar Chacon

Executive Director

National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC)

 

Elena Rios, MD, MSPH

President & CEO

National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)

 

Rafael A. Fantauzzi

President & CEO

National Puerto Rican Coalition (NPRC)

 

Arturo Carmona

Executive Director

Presente.org

 

Elizabeth C. Yeampierre

Executive Director

UPROSE

 

Rebeca Vargas

President & CEO 

U.S.- Mexico Foundation

 

Adrianna Quintero

Founder & Director

Voces Verdes

 

Peggy Shepard

Executive Director & Co-Founder

WE ACT for Environmental Justice

 

 

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