A Changing Climate
Did you know that just a year ago two state climate resolutions failed to pass? Yet this year, Utah became the first red state in the nation to pass a state climate resolution (HCR007), showing national leadership on climate. This progress has been made through civil, non-judgmental climate conversations. Now, as my op-ed in the Deseret News states, “Utah must keep the climate conversations going”.
In this changing climate around climate change, now is the time to support our legislators’ good work by letting our elected leaders know we want to see more conversations about climate solutions at the local, county, state and federal level.
Action of the Week
Please join me this week in calling for economically viable solutions to climate variability.
- Contact at least one elected official at the local, county, state or federal level and ask them to work towards policies to address climate variability in your community – like local climate resolutions to reduce carbon emissions or state policies to prioritize emission reductions in policy decisions. Don’t forget to thank state legislators who voted in favor of HCR007 (click on “Status” to see the vote tallies)!
- Write a letter to the editor of the Deseret News in response to my op-ed to help encourage more climate conversations around specific, free-market solutions.
Please use civil and non-judgmental discourse and craft your message to encourage potentially hesitant officials to create viable climate solutions in your community.
1. URGENT!! SUPPORT THE REDUCTION OF INTERGENERATIONAL POVERTY (IGP EITC). The Interim Revenue & Taxation Committee will meet this Wednesday morning at 8:30a to vote on a proposal to apply a funding mechanism to a state earned income tax credit (EITC) bill, proven policy that would reduce intergenerational poverty for the long haul in Utah.
- Click here to ask legislators to attach funding to the IGP EITC proposal! Take action before Wed morning!
2. WRITE ABOUT WHY YOU SUPPORT MEDICAID EXPANSION. The Utah Decides Healthcare initiative to expand Medicaid has made it to the November ballot and is now called Prop 3! A limited expansion proposed in HB 472 is still waiting on a federal waiver with no indication it will be granted. That means Prop 3 remains the only guaranteed option to expand Medicaid in Utah.
- Write a letter to the editor about why Medicaid expansion matters to you and why you support Prop 3. Click here to find our local paper and talking points from Prop 3 and check out AU’s TIPS on how to write a LTE and Medicaid expansion primer.
3. SUPPORT ORGS THAT HELP IMMIGRANTS. Care about the treatment of immigrants at the border and in our communities? Not only can you support good policies for immigration reform, but you can also support the organizations helping immigrants on the ground.
4. BE PART OF INTERIM THIS WEEK. Interim Session is coming up on Wednesday, with public meetings from 8:30-4:00p and the possibility of a special session on policy around the inland port. You can participate in person or from home!
- Find out what’s happening at Interim in our July Interim Highlights and tune in by sitting in on meetings in person or listening to them live or recorded online.
- Join our Spotlight Discussion on Healthcare during your lunch break this Wednesday. We’ll focus on big issues like Medicaid expansion and suicide prevention.
5. GET TIX FOR LETTERS & LEMONADE! Learn how to make your words powerful during an evening of community and conversation in SLC on July 31st. Letters to the editor are a great tool for community advocacy that can allow you to make a difference from the comfort of your own computer. Get tips and tools on writing and publishing LTEs, plus talking points on issues that need your voice. Space is limited Get your tickets today!
- Interim Session Tour of the State Capitol: Spotlight on Healthcare – Wed, July 18th, 12:00-1:00p at the State Capitol. Get the low-down on how to participate on Capitol Hill. This month we’ll cover what’s happening with Medicaid expansion (Prop 3) and what legislators are doing to reduce suicides in Utah. Space is limited. Register now!
- Letters & Lemonade – Tues, July 31st, 6:00-7:30p at Impact Hub, SLC. Join Action Utah for an evening of community and conversation to learn how to write letters to the editor that impact the issues. Tickets are going fast – get yours today!
July is our membership drive month. Help us make civic engagement easy for Utahns across the state. Get 5 new members to subscribe to our emails or one new Monthly Sustainerand we’ll give you free admission to Letters & Lemonade on July 31st!
Thanks for all you do!
Co-Founder and Executive Director