Join local activists, community members for ‘Environmental Day’ at the Capitol

By TARA ALATORRE

PHOENIX – Environmental activists from nearly all of Arizona’s 30 legislative districts are gathering the day before Arizona’s 107th birthday on February 13, for a day of activities and action at the State Capitol.

Participants will gather from more than 25 organizations with residents to attend scheduled meetings with local representatives and senators addressing the “Five Cs for a Sustainable Future,” and key environmental bills effecting the state.

Pictured: Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club speaking at Environmental Day last year. Photo by James Garcia/Courtesy of Sierra Club, Arizona
Pictured: Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club speaking at Environmental Day last year.
Photo by James Garcia/Courtesy of Sierra Club, Arizona

Students will also present Governor Doug Ducey and legislators an “Arizona birthday card,” with their wish for a sustainable future in Arizona.

Organizations facilitating Environmental Day at the Capitol created the “Five Cs for a Sustainable Future” as an updated twist on Arizona’s Five Cs, which are citrus, climate, cattle, cotton and copper and were the most important commodities shaping the state’s economy in its early years.

The Five Cs for a sustainable future have been identified as:

  • Cultural inclusiveness and diversity: Create a healthy environment that includes environmental justice, equitable access to nature and resources, and respect for all people.
  • Climate preparedness: Develop and implement plans to reduce emissions and protect those most affected by climate change.
  • Clean Air and water for all Arizonans: Eliminate bad air days and ensure safe drinking water for everyone.
  • Conservation of lands, waters and wildlife: Protect public lands, rivers and streams, plants and animals.
  • Commitment to efficient and renewable energy: Make clean energy accessible to all; address energy poverty issues.

Ann Hutchinson is co-leading events for residents in Arizona’s Legislative District 1, which includes New River, Black Canyon City and areas of North Phoenix and Carefree.

She has three District 1 representatives scheduled, including Senator Karen Fann, for a meeting around 10 a.m. and will attempt to give everyone who wants to speak with them an opportunity to participate.

All citizens are invited to attend the activities and engage in dialogue with their legislators, but pre-registration is highly recommended so the organizers can put you in touch with the correct local team.

The event takes place on February 13, starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Arizona State Capitol Rose Garden for an official opening and news conference and activities will continue until 2 p.m.

For more information or to RSVP contact Sandy Bahr at 602-253-8633 or email: sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org.