News Release | Environment Colorado

More than 200 Colorado students attend Youth Lobby Day on plastic pollution

 

More than 200 students from across the state called on Colorado legislators earlier this month to take action on single-use plastic pollution. The March 5th Youth Lobby Day was hosted by Environment Colorado, CoPIRG, Eco-Cycle and Inland Ocean Coalition. From coast to coast, students are leading the charge to get state governments to take action on plastic pollution, and lawmakers are listening. Colorado is no different. In 2018, students from Steamboat Springs succeeded in proposing and passing a plastic bag ban and paper bag fee. “We look up to our elders in the wrong image, we look at them and think that they are the best people. While they may be great, they have left us a burden, a burden [plastic pollution] that is now our responsibility to fix. Now is the time to fight,” said Zach Ruppel, a 7th grader from Louisville Middle School. 

 

 

News Release | Environment Colorado

Bipartisan Bill to Protect Colorado's Pollinators Passes House Committee

 State legislators, the First Gentleman, environmental activists, and beekeepers came together testify in support of a bill, HB20-1180, that would take a necessary and first step to protect bees and other pollinators by restricting a harmful class of pesticides called neonicotinoids (or neonics) on the consumer level. Bees have been in decline for decades, and are critical to pollinating many Colorado crops, including Palisade peaches, apples, tomatoes, and the alfalfa that feeds our dairy cows. Scientists point to pesticides like neonics as one of the factors contributing to bee die-offs along with habitat loss, climate change, and urbanization. The bill passed committee with a 7-4 vote.

 

News Release | Environment Colorado

Environmental activists urge Sen. Gardner to act on climate change

 Activists affiliated with Environment Colorado implored Sen. Cory Garder to take stronger action on global warming Friday, delivering more than 600 petitions to the senator’s Colorado Springs office. To date, the Trump Administration has rolled back nearly 100 environmental protections, including lowering clean car standards and easing methane regulations. While senators of both parties have criticized these rollbacks, Sen. Gardner has not. 

News Release | Environment Colorado

Statement: Senate introduces Clean Economy Act

s global warming pollution reaches new heights, our federal leaders must follow the lead of states across the nation who have made climate solutions a top priority, and they must do it quickly. By cosponsoring and supporting the Clean Economy Act, senators will put the American government’s might behind the great work that’s being done in states across the country.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: House passes suite of clean water safeguards on “forever chemicals”

The U.S. House approved a bipartisan measure today to protect America’s water and air from toxic “forever chemicals” best known by the acronym PFAS. The PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535) passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 247–159. Environment America has long advocated for stronger protections on PFAS as part of its No Toxics On Tap campaign. The national nonpartisan organization successfully worked with Congress last year to phase out the military’s use of these chemicals in firefighting foams under the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. While that phaseout was a significant step, the PFAS Action Act takes further action to curtail continuing sources of pollution to water and air as well as establish new provisions to clean up existing contamination.

Pages