Our wins over the past year will make a real impact. But our work is far from over.
We’re at a pivotal point in the fight for our future. These next few years will be some of the most important of our lives. Scientists warn of a “Code Red for Humanity” if we do not quickly cut emissions. The U.S. is losing a football field of nature every 30 seconds, and biodiversity is declining faster than at any point in human history. As Colorado is increasingly strained by drought, wildfire, poor air quality, pollution, water shortages, suburban sprawl, and energy development, these impacts will fall disproportionately on communities who are already hurting the most. We still have a chance to ensure Colorado is a safe, healthy place to live for generations to come—but we need to act now.
We need even stronger policy to ensure Colorado gets on track to meet our climate pollution reduction targets. We need to address emissions from transportation, Colorado’s largest source of carbon pollution and most important next frontier for state-based climate action. We need to fight the environmental racism that results in communities of color experiencing more pollution. And we still have 14 million acres of land and waterways to protect to meet our goal of conserving 30 percent of Colorado’s lands and waters by 2030.
It will be an uphill battle, but we can win it together. In 2022, we’ll be fighting for policies that protect clean air, from stopping big polluters to limiting emissions that are accelerating the impacts of climate change including wildfires and poor air quality. We’ll be making sure Colorado invests new federal funds in a way that is beneficial for our climate. We’ll be pushing to conserve more of our land and water. And we’ll be working to elect pro-conservation leaders from the Senate to our city halls.
We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for sticking with us, and stay in touch to hear about the many ways you can support our work in 2022.