“Ella Kirk’s passion was working to save the Gila River from a diversion project. She created a petition and delivered it with 6,470 signatures from around New Mexico and the world to NM Governor Susana Martinez to stop the diversion. This short video presents Ella’s testimony to the NM state legislature in February 2014 on behalf of a bill that would have funded alternatives to a diversion and keep the Gila wild and free.
Ella was an inspiration to all of us. She had a gift so striking for such a young person to speak her mind and heart so clearly and in a way that was inspiring to all. We draw strength from remembering her courage and determination to speak truth to power.” – Gila Conservation Coalition