Be a good environmental steward for Earth Day

Earth Day is TOMORROW!!! What will you do to be a good steward?

Last week we brought you “10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day (April 22)” to help give you some ideas about how you can celebrate the Earth and raise awareness about environmental issues. But if you haven’t already taken action (and even if you have), here are a few things you can do over the weekend to be a good environmental steward.

CALL TO ACTION

  • Participate in the March for Science on Saturday. If you aren’t in DC for the main march, join a local march in Salt Lake, Logan, Park City, St. George and Moab. Click here for more information about a march near you. The mission of the March for Science is “to champion robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, non-partisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.”
  • Ask your U.S. representative to join the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, which will explore policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. The caucus was founded in February of 2016 by two south-Florida representatives, Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL), who serve as co-chairs of the caucus. The caucus will be balanced in number of Republicans and Democrats, so let’s get members of both parties on board. Do you live in District 4? Thank Rep. Mia Love for joining the Climate Solutions Caucus in January. Find your U.S. Rep and their contact info here.
  • Ask your state legislators to join the bipartisan Utah Clean Air Caucus, founded in 2014 by Rep. Patrice Arent (D-Millcreek). Find out who your state legislator is and how to contact them here.
  • Tell the EPA not to exit the Paris agreement. Last week, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt has called for an “exit” from the Paris agreement, an agreement endorsed by nearly 200 countries to fight climate change. Leave a comment at the EPA comment website and provide your thoughts about the EPA unwinding important regulatory measures.  Click on the upper right “Comment Now” tab to open the comment form.  If you have specific facts supporting your opposition to the repeal of these regulations, please include them in your comments.  If not, a simple message might be best.  If you want help crafting a comment, you can email these climate change policy experts who will lend you a hand.
  • Stand up for Science by opposing the HONEST Act. Contact your Senators to vote NO on this deceptively titled bill, which undermines the scientific process and the EPA’s ability to access the best scientific data for their educational and regulatory programming. Find out more here.
  • Ask your MoCs to vote for legislation that strongly supports science and environment. Call your MoCs up and ask them their opinion on Trump’s environmental actions. Let them know your thoughts about environmental stewardship through policy. For instance, you can let them know that repealing environmental regulations does not bring American economic prosperity and harms Americans by creating costly and tragic health issues. You can tell them that upholding the Paris agreement is not only essential for human health in the U.S. and around the world but also for national security via good international relations and prevention of serious climate effects in the U.S that have already led to violent protests and wars in other regions. You can ask them to fully fund the EPA and oppose any legislation to dismantle or disempower it.

Thank you to Mormon Women for Ethical Government for some of these great suggestions.

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