In March something momentous happened: Utah, yes Utah, became the first red state in the nation to pass a climate resolution! Led by Rep. Becky Edwards (R-N.Salt Lake) and a coalition of students and advocacy organizations, HCR 007 showed our state that elected officials can come together with the community to discuss a topic that has been considered in the past to be highly politically charged.
How did this happen?
By normalizing climate conversations. Community members invited elected officials into a year of conversations that did not push or judge and provided a safe space for our leaders to ask questions and discuss concerns with their constituents. Action Utah helped craft and pass a resolution that focuses on how we can create viable solutions that mitigate climate change and its impacts.
HCR 007 was supported by both bodies of the legislature, the Governor’s office and major business voices around the state, like Rocky Mountain Power, Rio Tinto, Garbett Homes, Ski Utah, Silicon Slopes, Utah Technology Council, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Mark Miller Toyota, Snowbird, Alta, Deer Valley and Solitude and it reversed a previous state resolution that had called climate change a “hoax” and “conspiracy”.
We’d call that a huge SUCCESS!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
This Wednesday Governor Herbert will conduct a signing ceremony of HCR 007 during the Interim Session.
- Show your support for HCR 007 by joining us at a press conference following the ceremony, 12:30p in the Press Room of the State Capitol Building (ground floor inside the Visitor’s Center).
- Show your support by writing a letter to the editor about the importance of finding economically viable solutions to climate change that work for Utah and applauding the legislature and Gov. Herbert for their support of this resolution. Not sure how to write a letter to the editor? Check out our TIPS here!
About HCR 007
Read more about HCR007 Concurrent Resolution on Environmental and Economic Stewardship by Rep. Becky Edwards (chief sponsor) and Sen. Todd Weiler (floor sponsor) here.