Email and call 3 Colorado Elected Officials to Encourage Bold Climate Action

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This action alert is to alert you to something important we have learned from a personal conversation with a senior leader of the Colorado House of Representatives.
This House leader told us that the most important thing we could do to advance climate action in Colorado in a meaningful way is to “fill the inboxes” of three officials–Rep. Angela Williams, Senate President Leroy Garcia, and Gov. Polis—to vigorously support climate action.
Therefore, we encourage you, and encourage you to get others, to send a short email to those three officials, and followup with a phone call. We’ve included an attachment with a sample email, and pasted that same sample email into the text below for your convenience. We’ve also included their email addresses to make this as easy as possible for you.
Here’s the Senators’ contact info:
First Name Last Name Email Work Phone Committee Membership Party Affiliation District
Angela Williams A. angela.williams.senate@state.co.us
303-866-4864 Business, Labor, & Technology — Chair
Local Government — Vice-Chair Democrat 33
Leroy Garcia leroy.garcia.senate@state.co.us
303-866-4878 Democrat 3
Send Gov. Polis an email here: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/share-your-comments
and call him at 303-866-2471, or 303-866-2885.
We also encourage people on both the CCLC Members and Allies listserves to get the letter out to their organizations, and encourage their own members to send the letter to Williams, Garcia and Polis.
Here’s the sample email:
On the email subject line: Please act boldly on climate action!
Dear [insert title: Senator Williams, Mr. Senate President, or Governor Polis],
First and foremost, I ask you to accept and promote better understanding of the well-documented fact that climate change is an existential threat to Colorado’s economy, and to our species’ very survival.
Secondly, I ask you to support meaningful goals for climate action in Colorado. You may be aware that the Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate has been promoting a climate goals bill. Specifically, I want you to know that I strongly support, and ask you to support, the CCLC’s position on climate goals:
“We will support a climate bill that includes any greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals that begin moving Colorado in a straight line from present emissions levels to zero emissions by 2035 or sooner.”
CCLC is currently focusing on goals for the 2020s, specifically:
–5% GHG emissions reductions by 2022 compared to 2005 levels
–26% GHG emissions reductions by 2025 compared to 2005 levels (This goal is incorporated into Governor Hickenlooper’s Executive Order D2017-015: Supporting Colorado’s Clean Energy Transition);
–48% GHG emissions reductions by 2028 compared to 2005 levels; and
–63% GHG emissions reductions by 2030 compared to 2005 levels
The climate will warm over the coming decades because burning coal, oil, and natural gas releases carbon dioxide (CO2) that prevents heat from escaping into space. If the world’s average temperature rises more than 1.5 – 2.0 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, we will cause what is officially termed “dangerous interference with the climate system.” How fast and how deeply do we need to cut emissions to avoid this dangerous interference? The Carbon Dioxide and Climate Calculator, developed by Fort Collins Sustainability Group Science Advisor Scott Denning, can help answer these questions.
To use the Calculator directly, visit https://tinyurl.com/Climate-Emissions.
To view a video demonstrating use of the Calculator, visit https://youtu.be/6vlqrLVsl_Y.
Thank you for your attention. I look forward to your reply.
Sincerely,