Earth Day, conventions and calls to Congress: What will you do this week?

It’s Earth Week!

Earth Day​​ is coming up on Sunday, April 22. According to the Utah Foundation’s 2016 Priorities Project​, air quality, water and the environment all fall in Utah’s top 10 priorities.

That’s why Action Utah tracks and develops policy to promote environmental stewardship — like HCR007, the second climate resolution ever to pass in a red state. We’re working on more great policies, like adopting the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program and rural renewable energy development, for 2019 and will continue bringing you opportunities to make a difference!

This week is a great time to think about the things you can do yourself at home or in your community to be a good environmental steward.

Conventions underway

The Democratic and Republican state parties have been holding county conventions to determine candidates for the 2018 primary elections, which are coming up on June 26th. Go check out the political process at the GOP State Convention on Saturday, April 21st or at the Democratic State Convention on Saturday, April 28th.

  • Participatory Democracy in Utah: Recent Victories and the Road Ahead – Tues, April 17th at the Impact Hub in SLC. Featuring panel speakers from the ACLU, March for Our Lives SLC, Park City Leaders and Voterise. Hosted by NCJW. Click here to view the invitation.
  • GOP State Convention – Saturday, April 21 at the Maverik Center in West Valley City.

 

 

  • Democratic State Convention​ – Saturday, April 28th, Salt Palace in SLC.
  • Voter Registration Training – Saturday, May 12th, 12:30-2:00p at the Marmalade Library, Learn how to register others to vote. Hosted by Salt Lake Indivisible and Voterise.
  • People’s Energy Summit – May 12, 9:30a-5:00p at Library Square in SLC. Uniting diverse communities across Utah and the broader Southwest to create a just transition towards a renewable and regenerative future.
  • Governor’s Energy Summit – May 14-15 at the Grand America Hotel in SLC. Annual conference and trade show dedicated to knitting together diverse perspectives to build key relationships and to chart new paths for the responsible growth of the energy and minerals sector at home and abroad. Registration required.

 

State Issues

1. Do your part for Earth Day – Earth Day is a series of international events bringing awareness and action to environmental stewardship.

  • Take action at EarthDay.org​, which offers 5 ways to get a little greener. Help them reach 3 billion acts of green worldwide.
  • Reduce your carbon emissions – check out this NY Times article​ to learn more about carbon emissions and how to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Donate to an organization committed to environmental stewardship, such as Action Utah. Help us continue to bring you action and information about environmental stewardship in Utah by becoming a subscribing member today​!

2. Help a candidate get to primary elections. With county conventions completed and state conventions around the corner, candidates need all the help they can get through primary elections. In many districts in Utah primary elections are more critical than general elections, as the winning candidate of the majority party is almost certain to win general elections.

  • Find a candidate to help. Check this list of candidates filings at elections.utah.org​ to find out who is running in your federal, state senate and state house districts. (Don’t know your district? Go to vote.utah.org​, enter your home address and click “Elected Officials” to find a list of all your elected reps and your district numbers.) Candidates have personal campaign websites. If you find a candidate you like, donate or offer some volunteer time to help them in the next few months.

3. Prevent sexual harassment in Utah. Sexual harassment impacts one out of two working women in Utah, with 38% of all harassment charges being sex-based. Educating ourselves is the first big step toward combatting sexual harassment. Find out about the issue and what you can do to help reduce and prevent it by clicking here.

 

National Issues

1. Ask Congress to protect elections. In the wake of Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony​ last week on election interference via Facebook, election security is once again in the spotlight. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Warner (D-VA) and John McCain (R-AZ) introduced the bipartisan Honest Ads Act (S. 1989/H.R. 4077) to update standards for political advertising and reduce the potential for foreign interference in future elections. Let’s help get it passed. Click here​ to take action.

2. Ask Congress to protect SNAP. Last week the House unveiled the 2018 Farm Bill,​ traditionally a bipartisan bill. But this year’s bill is highly partisan and highly controversial for including significant changes to SNAP​ (formerly Food Stamps). The proposed changes would expand work requirements to include older Americans (ages 50-64), make it harder for states to feed people in times of high unemployment, and re-impose asset limits that create barriers to participation and a disincentive to save. Click here​ to take action.

2. Ask members of Congress to protect Special Counsel Mueller. Last week senators introduced the bipartisan Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act​ to limit President Trump’s ability to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. The White House has stated that Trump certain believes he has the authority to fire Mueller. Ask our Senators to commit to supporting S. 2644.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)

 

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Andrea
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Action Utah


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