DEAR FRIENDS OF NM'S WATERS ~
In this month of Thanksgiving, we offer thanks to each of you for your continued support of Amigos Bravos and the waters of New Mexico.
Founded in 1988, in one of the financially poorest states in the nation (we are rich in Beauty), the existence of Amigos Bravos and its continued accomplishments are nothing short of a miracle. That miracle is composed of persistence, hard earned wisdom, and a great deal of luck. Your support figures in each of those attributes. Thank you. We wish you and your family and friends a very very Happy Thanksgiving!
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In this month's E-Currents, we honor volunteer, Kristin Ulibarri, for twenty years of service to Amigos Bravos and the waters of New Mexico.
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We are also very happy to announce the November "Water Matters" Lecture. The Lecture will feature solar architectural designer and builder, Michael Coca, speaking about "Solar Dew Ponds & Green Houses: A Proposal for Grassroots Resilience in Response to Climate Change." Scroll down for more information!
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Headwaters of the Rio Hondo
AMIGOS BRAVOS HONORS VOLUNTEER KRISTIN ULIBARRI
Kristin Ulibarri has served as a volunteer to Amigos Bravos for the past twenty years. "I have not made one big contribution to Amigos Bravos, rather I hope my volunteering has cumulatively impacted the organization and in a positive way," she says. "I feel we can all take steps, whether large or small, that sway public policy."
Ulibarri's involvement has taken many forms. The list includes: stuffing, labeling, and sealing envelopes at least once and sometimes twice a year for Amigos Bravos' massive mailings; hosting holiday parties for the staff and board of directors; assisting Projects Director, Rachel Conn, with field work on the Rio Pueblo de Taos; overseeing Girl Scout group participation in Amigos Bravos annual river clean-ups; providing flyers and information and contributing and preparing food for events too numerous to detail; writing letters and emails to the powers that be and attending hearings on behalf of the waters of New Mexico; providing helpful member feedback to Amigos Bravos; selling raffle tickets; showing up to help move the office in the late 1990s and again in 2008; recruiting members and other volunteers; tending to artists and serving food at the Paintathons; restoring habitats; making posters for rallies, in particular the Save the Valle Vidal rallies; and participating in the recent 5 Year Amigos Bravos Strategic Planning Retreat.
"The two special contributions, of which I am most proud, are 1) being a loyal supporter of my husband Ross' work as a former Amigos Bravos board member and board president, as well as a volunteer Amigos Bravos lobbyist; and, 2) passing along a legacy via my daughter Nicola, who is a former volunteer, intern, staffer, and current board member," says Kristin. "I continue to support Amigos Bravos because water DOES matter. Water cannot speak for itself. Her voice in New Mexico
is Amigos Bravos."
THANK YOU, KRISTIN !
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Nicola, Ross, and Kristin Ulibarri
AMIGOS BRAVOS NOVEMBER "WATER MATTERS" LECTURE FEATURES MICHAEL COCA SPEAKING ABOUT "SOLAR DEW PONDS & GREENHOUSES: A PROPOSAL FOR GRASSROOTS RESILIENCE IN RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE"
On the evening of Tuesday, November 19, at 5:30pm, at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, the Amigos Bravos "Water Matters" lecture will feature solar architectural designer and acequia activist, Michael Coca. The lectures are free to our members and the public and feature some of the most knowledgeable and dynamic speakers in the region, including writers, scientists, poets, environmental activists, and scholars.
Amigos Bravos President of the Board of Directors, Michael Coca
Climate change is likely to disproportionately impact low income and traditional acequia users who are dependent on natural (non-municipal) sources for water. This lecture will discuss the conceptual design and management of solar dew ponds and greenhouses that draw water from a well, acequia, or stream. Solar dew ponds and greenhouses will have the ability to sustain availability of water and greenhouse products throughout the year. Solar greenhouses, on a large scale, using a decentralized economic development model - such as the acequia system - can serve communities, and allow for small-group decision-making and individual management in the production of food, in a successfully resilient response to climate change and drought.
Michael Coca is president of the Amigos Bravos Board of Directors. He has worked as a solar architectural designer and builder since 1975, with background in low-income economic development. He has also worked for the U.S. Department of Labor in the design, development, and implementation of the Santa Fe Community Solar Cooperative Training Program for high school and college students in Santa Fe, and provided trainings to the New Mexico Solar Energy Association, Office of Navajo Economic Development, National Indian Youth Council, Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, Rio Grande Community Development Corporation, Tapetes de Lana Wool Cooperative, Kagyu Shenpen Kunchab Buddhist Center, and privately.
Would you like to have a "preview" of the lecture? Tune in to the fabulous Mary-Charlotte Domandi's Santa Fe Radio Cafe, every weekday morning from 8:05am to 9am, on KSFR radio, 101.1FM. Domandi will interview Coca sometime during the seven weekdays prior to the "Water Matters" lecture on November 19.
The Santa Fe Community Foundation is located between Old Santa Fe Trail and Acequia Madre, at the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Halona. For more information, call 575-758-3874.
AMIGOS BRAVOS IS CELEBRATING
25 YEARS OF PROTECTING & RESTORING NEW MEXICO'S WATERS
Please celebrate with us and help to make sure Amigos Bravos remains strong for the
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT OF AMIGOS BRAVOS AND NEW MEXICO'S RIVERS & WATERWAYS!!!