Colorado is at a critical moment for fighting climate change.
Governor Jared Polis recently released his Climate Roadmap, his plan for Colorado to tackle climate change by reducing carbon pollution emissions 26% by 2026, 50% by 2030, and 90% by 2050. There are some good ideas in the first draft of the Roadmap, but if Governor Polis wants to go “boldly forward” on climate, it needs to have specific policies and deadlines.
SIGN THE PETITION: Urge Governor Polis — who ran on climate and renewable energy — to propose and adopt timely policy solutions that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution!
People in Colorado are already feeling the impacts of climate change. With increasing temperatures, more extreme storms, and more frequent wildfires, the health and well-being of Colorado residents are being impacted every day. The science and the urgency are clear on what it will take to leave a legacy for our children.
It is incumbent upon the Polis administration to meet this moment and protect vulnerable and highly-impacted communities through a clear plan to measurably reduce pollution. The recently-released “Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap” outlines excellent options, but in order to go “boldly forward” it needs more specific policies and deadlines.
Colorado needs timely policy solutions that will protect the health and wellbeing of future generations of Coloradans — especially those disproportionately burdened by pollution and extreme weather.
Successful policies will meet three key criteria:
- Equitable: Climate policy must center, uplift, unburden, and invest in frontline communities.
- Enforceable: Any policy or plan must include a backstop of enforceability, not just rely on voluntary measures or incentives.
- Verifiable: We need a plan that is measurable and specific enough to ensure our climate goals are met.
I ask Governor Polis to “go boldly forward” by working with the Colorado Energy Office, the Air Quality Control Commission, and all other key decision makers to adopt policy solutions in the Climate Roadmap that meet these criteria and deliver a plan that reduces pollution, centers communities of color, and makes Colorado proud.