From the beginning of this year’s legislative session, we knew we had an urgent need for bold action on our priorities. Colorado had just seen its most devastating wildfire ever. The previous summer, we’d experienced air pollution levels so unsafe that the state urged people to stay indoors much of the time during summer months. And we got the news that the West was undergoing its worst drought in over 1200 years. Climate change is hitting home, and its impacts are inequitable.
In a legislative session that went down to the wire, we’re proud to say that the legislature passed all of our top-priority bills and additional legislation that will make progress towards protecting our climate, land, air, water and communities. This includes bold policies to cut toxics from our air and water, historic investments in clean air, action that will help us hit our climate targets, innovative ways to conserve water, and important advancements toward racial, social and environmental justice.
Along the way, we brought together long-time partners and first-time activists to build our movement and advance our priorities. We helped bring an impressive statewide turnout to Latino/a Advocacy Day and held our first-ever Conservation Colorado member lobby day, where members had the chance to speak to legislators and urge them to move our bills forward. 1500 Conservation Colorado members sent 7,597 emails to legislators, demonstrating how important climate and conservation are to Coloradans. Many members testified on our bills and dozens more shared their stories on our blog and social media. We couldn’t have achieved these victories without our community.
Here are some of the most important environmental bills Conservation Colorado helped pass this session: