Climate change, national security presentation to be held

CNJ staff

Clovis is the fourth stop for New Mexico’s Operation Free, as it plans a Saturday film and discussion focused on climate change and national security.

The presentation is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Clovis’ Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3015.

State Director Chuck Tyler said Operation Free’s message is that climate change has the potential to exacerbate the frequency and severity of natural disasters. As a 10-year Army veteran and a five-year period as a reservist, Tyler has been part of deployments to natural disasters

“We recognize that as a national security threat,” Tyler said, “because the United States is always going to be the world’s 9-1-1 responder.”

In addition, he said America’s dependence on fossil fuels from unstable and unfriendly countries is “foolhardy” and also hurts America’s security interests.

Saturday’s presentation will focus on a film Tyler calls “Clean Energy Jobs for America,” a joint effort of Operation Free and the Blue Green Alliance, a partnership of labor unions and environmental groups dedicated to expanding jobs in renewable energy.

“The film we’re going to be showing focuses on green jobs, national security and how some of our people coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan are thriving in these jobs,” Tyler said.

Specific jobs Tyler mentioned included wind turbine construction and biofuel treatment.

The film will be shown Wednesday in Alamogordo, Thursday in Las Cruces and Friday in Roswell before the program makes its way to Clovis.