A voice for wildlife and wild places since 1992

Our vision is a world where all wild animals have a right to flourish, regardless of their utility to humans. Our mission is to protect wildlife and their habitats in the Southwest through grassroots advocacy, education and on-the-ground restoration projects.

Victory! Circuit court halts border wall construction (for now)

Border wall in NM
Once again a court has ruled that the Trump Administration's use of emergency powers to build the border wall is illegal. This time it was the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in a lawsuit brought by the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) and the Sierra Club. SWEC is a co-plaintiff…

SWEC joins with Senator Udall, University of New Mexico to sponsor biodiversity webinar series

The Southwest Environmental Center is excited to announce that we are co-hosting a series of webinars this fall focused on the critical need to address the biodiversity crisis in New Mexico and beyond, in partnership with the Office of the U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Species in Peril project at UNM,…

This Week on Earth Matters Radio Hour

Photo by George Wilhelm
Listen in as host Kevin Bixby talks about a California bill that would set an incredibly ambitious goal of protecting 30 percent of the state's land and waters by 2030 with his guest Pamela Flick, California Program Director, Defenders of Wildlife.

Border Wall Fight goes to the Supreme Court

Border Wall Construction
Despite lower court rulings that the diversion of funds from the military to fund the border wall construction are illegal, President Trump continues to bulldoze sacred tribal lands and threaten wildlife in the borderlands. Today, the Sierra Club, American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern…