It’s time to support climate action!
This year we wrote and passed a momentous resolution (H.C.R. 007) — the first climate resolution ever passed in a red state and first official acknowledgement of climate change by our elected officials. The recent ceremonial signing by Gov. Herbert made national news on CNN! Yesterday it was also featured on “A Woman’s View” on KSL NewsRadio, where Amanda Dickson, Natalie Gochnour and AU’s Andrea Himoff discussed the importance of the resolution for Utah. Catch the episode HERE if you missed it!
Now it’s time to build on the incredible efforts of the students who initiated this bill and the work of Rep. Becky Edwards! Action Utah is busy working on state policies and municipal climate resolutions for cities around Utah that want to build on H.C.R. 007 to realize economically viable and achievable climate solutions locally. Our partners at Citizen’s Climate Lobby are pushing for congressional climate solutions.
- Join the Congressional Call-in Day for climate solutions this Wednesday with Citizens’ Climate Lobby (see below)!
- Initiate local climate resolutions. Many cities in Utah are ready to take action toward climate solutions. Is your city interested in creating a local climate resolution based on economically viable climate solutions? Contact us!
- Write a letter to the editor about the importance of viable climate solutions at any level – local, state or federal. Be sure to commend the state legislature for taking the first step! Get tips on writing LTEs here.
1. OPPOSE A BILL THAT WOULD CUT FUNDING FOR HOUSING. Rep. Ross (R-FL) has proposed a bill that would cut housing benefits for millions of low income families. The draft bill establishes unaccountable, alternative rent policies in the name of “local control” that would raise rents for the poorest households. This bill is likely to be heard in the House Financial Services Committee this week (NOTE TO DISTRICT 4 CONSTITUENTS: Rep. Mia Love is on this committee!).
- Contact your member of Congress and ask them to look instead for solutions that close our 47,000-unit affordable housing gap and lead to better school, health and career outcomes. (MoC contact info.)
2. VOTE EARLY BY MAIL OR IN PERSON! Don’t wait to cast your ballot.
- Vote-by-mail ballots get mailed tomorrow. Vote and send your ballot back right away! Need more time? Schedule a date and time in your calendar to drop off your ballot to make sure you participate in the 2018 primary election!
- In-person early voting goes from June 12-22. Find your polling location by entering your address at vote.utah.gov. Find election info here, at your local county elections website or by calling your County Clerk.
3. JOIN CONGRESSIONAL CALL-IN DAY WEDNESDAY JUNE 6TH FOR CLIMATE ACTION! Utah students and community members recently helped pass the first ever climate resolution in a red state — the first official acknowledgement of climate change by our elected leaders and a strong statement that environmental and economic stewardship can go hand in hand. On Wednesday, June 6th, Citizens’ Climate Lobby invites you to join them in calling on our members of Congress to support the efforts of our students in finding climate solutions.
- Call your members of Congress on Wednesday to tell them why you support congressional action on climate change! You may use this calling tool from CCL or click here for contact info for Utah’s congressional delegation.
4. MISS THE PRIMARY DEBATES? CATCH THEM HERE! Last week there were 5 debates with candidates who will face off in the June 26th primary election. Did you miss them? Watch the videos here:
- Republican Senate Debate
- Democratic District 1 Congressional Debate (airing again on KBYU on 6/19 at 6p)
- Republican District 3 Congressional Debate (airing again on KBYU on 6/20 at 6p)
- Democratic House District 24 Debate
- Democratic Senate District 2 Debate
- Catch the Wasatch County Attorney Republican Primary Debate TOMORROW at the Wasatch Senior Citizens Center at 6:30p!
5. REGISTER FOR OUR UPCOMING EVENT: Interim Session Tour of the Capitol (Spotlight: Education Advocacy), coming up on Wednesday, June 20th. Action Utah demystifies the legislative process, our state legislature and how YOU can make a difference in the state policy issues that impact you and your community. This month we will spotlight education advocacy and how to get your voice heard on education issues. Space is limited. Register here today!
- Wasatch County Attorney Republican Primary Debate – TOMORROW, June 5th
- Ballots mailed out – TOMORROW, June 5th
- Early voting begins – Tues, June 12th (through June 22nd)
- Last day to register to vote online for the primary election – Tues, June 19th
- Interim Session on Capitol Hill – Wed, June 20th (Join Action Utah on the Hill!)
- Primary Election – Tues, June 26th
Have a great week!
Andrea & Katie
Co-Founders, Action Utah