CAVU’s efforts to make methane matter to the people of New Mexico as well as its regulators have taken on several forms, the first being our Unearthed series, an exploration of the history of oil and gas development in New Mexico and its impact to people and place. On the heels of Unearthed’s success, CAVU initiated a public petition supporting methane regulations for the State of New Mexico, part of a cooperative effort with dozens of other organizations that culminated in Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s executive order to create a methane waste rule and reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030.
CAVU believes that solutions to complex problems are strengthened when entities on opposing sides of an issue understand the driving principles and values that shape their opposition’s perspectives. CAVU’s involvement in past environmental issues has demonstrated that misunderstanding can make enemies of potential allies, eliminate potential opportunities to meet the needs of multiple parties, and prevent healthy conflict and communication. In order to help bring new ideas to the forefront and encourage collaboration and relationships where they don’t currently exist, CAVU is investigating opportunities to act as a shuttle diplomat, acting as an intermediary where it can.