Redford sounds environmental alarm at Santa Fe event

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SANTA FE (AP) – Robert Redford is sounding an environmental alarm, telling Mayor Javier Gonzales that the world is changing and “opportunities are shrinking.”

The Santa Few New Mexican reports Redford spoke during a one-on-one session with Gonzales Tuesday that packed the audience at a performing arts center.

Redford said it’s difficult to combat the idea perpetuated by energy companies that cost savings related to coal, drilling and fracking take priority over finding ways to avoid ripping up the Earth.

Young people, he said, will drive the change.

The actor owns a home in Santa Fe, and said he sees New Mexico as a state that can balance energy development and natural resources.

He chose Santa Fe, he said, because of its land, sky and history combining Anglo, Native American and Mexican cultures.

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