Brower Youth Awards

Artemisio Romero y Carver

Santa Fe, NM

Pushing for Smart Climate Policy

In the summer of 2019, artist, poet, and organizer Artemisio Romero y Carver, helped to found Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA), a youth-led nonprofit working to hold this country’s elected officials accountable for the health of the planet, future generations, and BIPOC communities. The group leads protests, lobbies for federal and state legislation, endorses candidates, and educates voters.

Romero y Carver, 18, serves as a steering committee member and spokesperson for YUCCA. She also served as YUCCA’s policy director during New Mexico’s 2021 legislative session, during which three of the organization’s priority bills ­— all of which seek to combat climate change through market regulation and energy diversification ­— were passed.

Romero y Carver was Santa Fe’s 2020 Youth Poet Laureate. Her art pursues the goal of empowering the disempowered.