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Two years ago, Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a comprehensive roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—a crucial step in making sure Colorado does our part with the rest of the world to meet the ambitious goals of the Paris climate agreement.
This year, Colorado’s progressive lawmakers have introduced legislation to make these goals reality. By empowering Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission to manage the process of migration to a clean energy future, Colorado is taking the next necessary step.
Today, the Denver Post editorial board came out strongly in support of Senate Bill 21-200, urging Gov. Polis to sign the bill once it reaches his desk:
The goals have already been established by Polis’ roadmap and by legislation in 2019, and the bill has been amended to align perfectly with those already established benchmarks. Greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by 26% below a baseline 2005 level by 2025; 50% by 2030 and 90% by 2050. Note that these goals are actually less ambitious than the ones former Gov. John Hickenlooper tossed out in an executive order signed at Red Rocks in 2017, so it’s not as though this is a radical new bar. 
Gov. Polis was elected on a platform of getting serious about confronting climate change, and Senate Bill 200 is the tool to turn this campaign promise into a promise kept. Action item #1 this week: Call Gov. Jared Polis’ office at (303) 866-2471 and let him know you SUPPORT Senate Bill 21-200.
And if you haven’t already, contact your state lawmakers today and urge them to support the climate justice bills including Senate Bill 200 currently making their way through the process.
Thanks for your help! And here are a few more great ways to take action for the week of May 3:
Protect Our Communities: End Forced Ketamine Injections From Police
We have the power to stop the death and trauma that comes from involuntary sedation. Demand that the Colorado State Legislature do their job and protect Coloradans from forcible injections of ketamine — demand they vote YES on HB21-1251.
Colorado Sierra Club: Give public comment to ensure Suncor’s harmful air pollution is kept in check!
The Suncor oil refinery is a massive source of air pollution and an environmental injustice. Harmful air pollution must be kept in check! Help to ensure that Suncor will operate in compliance with clean air laws and regulations.
When: May 1-4
History Colorado: From Second Banana to First Lady Feminist: A mind-blowing, heart-stopping journey with Dottie Lamm
The Curatorial Services & Collections Access team is hosting a well known Colorado woman, Dottie Lamm under their In Sights and In Person Connections Series! Join Curator of Archives Shaun Boyd and Dottie Lamm, former Colorado First Lady, columnist, psychiatric social worker, US Senate candidate, popular speaker, breast cancer survivor, mother, and author. She’s also been a flight attendant, Visiting Fellow at the University of Denver, delegate to two United Nations Conferences, and 1985 inductee into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. Dottie and her husband, former Colorado Governor, have given their papers and artifacts to History Colorado, and a table display of select items will be featured at the event.
When: Thursday, May 6 at 12:00pm
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Phone zap for citizenship4all
Join people across the country in making phone calls to members of Congress- advocating for citizenship for all and an end to inhumane practices of detention. and deportation. We will give a quick training on what you need to know—just come ready with a phone and internet access.
When: Thursday, May 6 at 12:00pm
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Fighting for Family: A Mother’s Perspective
FIGHTING FOR FAMILY is a story about the family separation caused by deportation. The film captures the love story between a young family who faces countless challenges, yet continues to be hopeful, resilient, and joyful. Join Rex and CIRC Mothers after the film for a panel discussion on the effects this has on ones family, the U.S. imperialist war machine and the intergenerational harm it inflicts, from the refugee flight to the school to prison to deportation pipeline- all from a mother’s perspective.
When: Friday, May 7 at 6:00pm
And save the date for these upcoming events:
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Reproductive and Immigrant Health Care Policy
Join COLOR and CCHI as we talk about reproductive and immigrant health care policy on Zoom! What are the health care gaps that keep our immigrant communities from being able to access the reproductive care they need such as preventative, maintenance, and emergency care? What policies can help us provide affordable health care for Colorado and our immigrant communities?
When: Thursday, May 13 at 6:00pm
All On The Line Colorado’s Public Comment Workshop
All On The Line Colorado’s Public Comment Workshop is intended to share information about how you can make your voice heard in the redistricting process. We’ll provide tips and training on how to submit effective written public comments to the Independent Congressional and Legislative Commissions.
When: Monday, May 10 at 6:00pm
Watch this space next week for more ways to take action. Thanks again.