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This week, the Colorado General Assembly kicks off debate over some of the most important bills they’ll consider all year: to commit Colorado to ambitious goals for slashing greenhouse gas emissions, and to give communities most impacted by pollution and climate change power to hold powerful polluters accountable.
This is Colorado Climate Week. Action item #1: contact your state lawmakers right now and urge them to support a suite of legislation that cuts greenhouse gas emissions, regulates air pollution, and promotes environmental justice.
Today at 1PM, tune in live for the press conference to discuss this year’s climate action and environmental justice bills. To draw attention to these nation-leading bills, we’re unveiling a two-ton ice sculpture of Planet Earth on the West Steps of the Colorado Capitol created by award-winning ice sculptor Jess Parrish. Thanks to Colorado’s always unpredictable weather you may want to watch this one from home — just tune in to our livestream on ProgressNow Colorado’s Facebook page to follow along. And on Twitter, follow the #ClimateJusticeNow and #CoClimateWeek hashtags.
Whatever the weather brings, we know that weather isn’t climate. Earth’s climate is heating up, the consensus is clear that humans are responsible, and we have to stop letting the oil and gas industry stall for time we simply don’t have anymore. Thank you for your support for this critical legislation to help Colorado continue to lead in the fight against human-caused climate change.
Once that’s done, here are some more great ways to fight for progress for the week of April 19:
Sierra Club: Colorado Climate Week Actions
Join us for Colorado Climate Week — 5 Days and 5 Ways Colorado Legislators Can Protect People and our Planet! We are celebrating Earth Day all week long and providing actions for YOU to take each day to make Colorado a cleaner, healthier, and safer place to live. Stay tuned and follow Colorado Climate Action Week starting on Monday so you can make an impact each day!
When: April 19 – April 23
Brady Colorado Kickoff and Gun Violence Prevention Town Hall
Please join us as we formally launch Brady Colorado with a Gun Violence Prevention Town Hall. We’ll discuss Colorado’s gun laws, the solutions we need, and answer your questions. Speakers include Sen. John Hickenlooper, State Sen. Rhonda Fields, State Representative Tom Sullivan, Tom Mauser of Colorado Ceasefire, Brady President Kris Brown, and Brady Vice President of Organizing Maisha Fields, and Wheat Ridge City Council Member and Brady Colorado State Lead Val Beck.
When: Monday, April 19 at 5:00pm
Colorado Mountain Mamas: Raise the Alarm About Climate (legislative delivery)
Help us deliver smoke detectors, a (road)map to escape Colorado’s climate crisis, and a letter in support of SB21-200 to our elected officials. This bill is the best chance we have to act locally to combat the climate crisis! We must show our strong support. We’ll meet, masks on & socially distanced, at the Southern entrance to the Capitol.
When: Tuesday, April 20 at 8:30am
CCHI & YI-Colorado: Mental Health & Health Care Affordability
Join Young Invincibles and CCHI as we talk about mental health care and health care affordability on Zoom! What’re the concerns that young adults have around health care? What policy changes do we need for our communities, and what are the basics of health care literacy? This event is free to attend. Attendees will receive a Zoom link a day before the event.
When: Monday, April 19 at 6:00pm
History Colorado: Garrett Reppenhaggen: Democracy & War
“War is the health of the state,” said Randolph Bourne. Can the same be said for “Democracy”, too? Founding member of Iraq Veterans Against the War and executive director of Veterans For Peace, Reppenhaggen discusses the prospect for democracy during perpetual war.
When: Wednesday, April 21 at 1:00pm
Earth Day Celebration: Healing with Nature
Join The Alliance Center and celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, April 22! We’ll come together virtually to recognize our sustainability victories from the last year and explore opportunities to restore our planet and our relationship with it. You’ll hear an inspiring conversation between Nicole Jackson, Next Generation Advisory Council member at the National Parks Conservation Association, and Bianca Acosta, Community Outreach Manager at GrowHaus in Denver. They will discuss how reconnecting with nature can be cathartic and restorative to both the planet and ourselves.
When: Thursday, April 22 at 4:30pm
Winning Red & Rural Colorado: Indivisible Action Summit
Save the date! Register now! Activists in red and rural Colorado activists and supporters: join special guests Shawn Sebastian (Senior Strategist for Rural People & Planet First Campaigns at People’s United), Rural Colorado United and many more leaders from deep in the trenches of rural change-making. We’ll learn the hard truths about the Colorado Rural electorate, discover exactly how we can make a difference, and form action groups to embark on the meaningful, long-term work of organizing to ensure the real needs of rural communities are met by those elected to represent them.
When: Saturday, April 24 at 12:00pm
Also save the date for this upcoming event:
One Colorado: What You Need to Know About the Equality Act
The Equality Act would provide consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. Find out more about this vital piece of legislation and what needs to happen to make it federal law.
When: Wednesday, April 28 at 6:00pm
Thanks again for your help making these events successful! We’ll be back next week with more ways to take action.