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Kate Toan was cool with taking her husband’s last name when they married. “How can you pass up being a Merlin?” she says. “I can definitely relate to this bird, which uses insight and strategy to hunt larger birds,” she says. Small yet fierce, merlins embody agility, determination, focus and vision, grace, mental speed and power, swiftness, and leadership. Not bad qualities for an attorney who goes after powerful industries like oil and gas.

The newest member of Guardians’ legal team, Kate has been working as an attorney for about 10 years on oil and gas and climate issues. She came on board with Guardians at the end of 2020 in the Climate and Energy Program as our Colorado attorney.

Kate credits an intense wilderness experience that set her on this path. Raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Kate signed up in 1998 for a three-month trek through the Southwest with the National Outdoor Leadership School. She was 20.

“More so than other outdoor education programs, NOLS really focuses on the ‘education’ part,” she says. “They teach you skills, they teach you values, and they teach you to how to actually see the things you’re looking at. Until I began working a full-time job with an infant, a toddler, and a puppy during a pandemic, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I carried more than 50 percent of my body weight over 10 miles a day through the desert and over mountains….It’s hard to describe how being isolated from civilization for months, while eating, sleeping, breathing in designated wilderness areas, changes you. It’s like seeing with new eyes.”

She went on to earn a B.S. in environmental science from Northern Arizona University, a J.D. from Vermont Law School in 2008, and an LLM in Natural Resources Law from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013.

A case she calls probably her most significant to date was Martinez v. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which challenged oil and gas regulators to address climate change. Although ultimately the case was lost at the Colorado Supreme Court, in another sense it was a win for the environment: the agency’s position was revealed—that it didn’t have a duty to protect public health, safety, welfare, or the environment when it regulated oil and gas development. And the unprecedented public scrutiny led to legislative reforms within just a few months of the decision.

Before Kate joined the Guardians staff, she represented Guardians at a Clean Air Act challenge to Colorado’s so-called “90-day loophole.” Before this suit, Colorado allowed oil and gas producers 90 days of production prior to applying for air pollution permitting. “Production” was also defined as saleable production, not the moment at which hydrocarbons began coming from the well. The rationale was to allow producers to get a better understanding of what a well’s production levels would be before they obtained permitting. Unfortunately, this loophole meant that the production phase with the highest level of air emissions—the pre-production phase—wasn’t subject to permit limitations. Although this case was lost at the District Court stage, the agency revoked the 90-day loophole almost concurrently with the court decision.

“Right now the cases I’m most excited about are Guardians’ Clean Air Act, Title V lawsuits,” Kate says. “These cases all challenge the failure of the State of Colorado to take final action on ‘major sources’ of air pollution, including the Suncor oil refinery. Prior to these suits the state believed that it was permanently immunized from suit over these overdue permits by a 35-day statute of limitations. The oldest overdue permit application at that time was the initial major source permit for the Holcim Portland Cement Plant, whose application was more than 25 years old, and which had been operating under its construction permit. Recently Guardians added Governor Jared Polis as a defendant to these cases, as the duty to adequately staff and resource his agencies ultimately lands at his desk.”

Kate Merlin and Max on a hike.

“I am very excited about what Guardians can do in the next few years to advance climate health, and the health of the people and the amazing web of life hosted by this planet. I’m bringing to this position an ongoing litigation docket which is almost exclusively related to Colorado sources of air pollution, and most of which are deadline cases—did an agency miss a deadline by which it was required to act.”

“With national climate policy so much in flux, with changes to the National Environmental Policy Act possible, with the push to decarbonization finally seeming to be gaining real traction, and in general the climate and environmental policy changing ever more rapidly, I anticipate more litigation with substantive challenges to agency regulatory interpretation. I hope to bring a real focus on impacts to Frontline, Indigenous, and disproportionately impacted communities who have been too often disregarded or trampled on by the legal system.”

We know Kate’s fierce determination will make all the difference in the world.

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Alma “Rosie”Sanchez, Colorado Organizer

We’re excited to introduce WildEarth Guardians’ new Colorado Organizer, Alma “Rosie” Sanchez! Rosie brings a wealth of experience with her and a fire for the issues we care about. Learn more about Rosie here.

While Guardians continues to win in court, we know a people-powered movement is needed to truly hold our decision makers accountable. With the help of new organizers and our new Organizing Program, Guardians is focusing on building the leadership we need for the movement to win. We want you to join us on the ground floor!

We’re building an activist network across Colorado to support Guardians’ priority campaigns and initiatives. We’re also driving mutually beneficial relationships with community leaders, impacted constituency groups, and allied organizations to amplify and strengthen our work to protect and restore the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of communities in Colorado.

In this moment of compounding crises, we need an engaged activist network to grow a movement for lasting change. Join us in building this movement! 

Fill out this form so we can learn a little more about you, your interests, and your availability. We’ll be in touch in the next few weeks on next steps for engagement in your area.

If you’re in the Denver area, meet Rosie in person on Thursday, June 9 at the Wolves of Colorado Speaker Panel at Patagonia’s Denver store. Or sign up here for our Colorado Wolves webinar on Tuesday, June 14 to learn about our COexistence campaign and ways to support Colorado wolves.

Stay tuned as we host other volunteer engagement meetings across the state! We look forward to YOU being a part of our collective efforts.


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In a victory for Colorado’s clean air, our climate, and environmental justice, we just won a lawsuit over the Suncor oil refinery’s toxic air pollution!

Now we need your help to truly confront this dangerous polluter and have a chance at shutting it down once and for all. Take action today and help us put an end to Suncor’s reign of pollution terror.

The Suncor oil refinery— in Commerce City, north of Denver—is the poster child for climate and environmental justice in Colorado. Its toxic air pollution, including hydrogen cyanide, benzene, and other gases, disproportionately impacts people of color and low-income families, all while fueling the climate crisis. Too often, this pollution has been illegal. Making matters even worse, officials have illegally let Suncor operate under outdated air pollution permits for years.

That’s why we sued last year. In a landmark case, we challenged Colorado’s failure to take action on the refinery’s pollution permits. On January 10, a judge ruled in our favor and ordered the state to act “without further delay.”

It’s a big win, but we need your help to make sure Colorado Governor Jared Polis and his public health officials follow through. We need to make sure that they do the right thing and deny Suncor’s permits.

The Suncor oil refinery is Colorado’s number one environmental injustice. It’s also one of the largest sources of climate pollution in the state. We can’t afford to let up the pressure.

We’ve delivered justice in the courtroom, but now we need to deliver justice in real life. Speak out for justice and demand real action on the Suncor oil refinery. Join us in calling on Governor Jared Polis to stop delaying and start putting people before polluters.

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President Biden is working furiously to undo Trump’s wretched environmental rollbacks, including restoring our nation’s bedrock environmental law—the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

With your help and your voice, we can ensure the Biden administration follows through to protect clean air and water, communities, public lands, wildlife, and more. Sign the petition today to restore NEPA!

Described as our nation’s basic charter for environmental protection, the National Environmental Policy Act holds the federal government accountable to people and the planet. The law guarantees the public is informed of the environmental impacts of federal actions and has a chance to influence decision-making.

Unfortunately, corporate polluters, resource exploiters, and their cronies in the Trump administration launched an unprecedented assault on NEPA, erasing safeguards and rolling back protections.

Thankfully, thousands of Guardians like you have taken action this year to restore NEPA, and now the Biden administration is wasting no time undoing Trump’s assault on the environment. Let’s make sure they stay on track. Sign the petition today!

We know firsthand that without NEPA, we can’t keep our air clean, our water pure, our communities safe, public lands protected, or achieve environmental justice. Join us in speaking out to restore the National Environmental Policy Act! Add your name before the November 22 public comment deadline.

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While Colorado has passed one of the strongest climate laws in the nation and made environmental justice and health a priority, the state’s leaders shockingly continue to let polluters run the roost, endangering people and communities, and threatening to derail action for the climate.

It’s why Coloradans are increasingly asking, are state leaders on their side or the side of polluters? It’s high time they decide. Take action today. 

The latest disturbing revelation is a whistleblower complaint filed in late March over the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division’s pattern and practice of approving illegal air pollution permits. The complaint detailed that for more than a decade, the Air Division has illegally approved permits for new mines, fracking sites, gravel pits, asphalt plants, slaughterhouses, and more.

Excerpt from whistleblower complaint

In e-mails submitted with the complaint, the whistleblowers revealed the Director of the Division himself ordered employees to ignore violations and that managers directed staff to falsify data.

In response, WildEarth Guardians, Colorado Latino Forum, 350 Colorado and many others called on Governor Jared Polis to remove the Director and halt the approval of new air pollution permits, while also calling on Attorney General Phil Weiser to launch a legal investigation.

During a virtual press conference, our friend Ean Thomas Tafoya with the Colorado Latino Forum called out the Polis administration for its blatant disregard for the law, and called on the Governor and the Attorney General to take forceful action as a matter of environmental justice.

Check out the virtual press conference here >>

Ean Thomas Tafoya with the Colorado Latino Forum speaking out during virtual press conference

Tellingly, neither the Governor nor the Attorney General have responded.

In fact, the only comment made to date has been a brief statement from an acting spokesperson for the Governor, who said:

“It’s important to note that Colorado is not in violation of any state or federal law or regulation with regard to modeling. There are no federal or state laws in place governing the threshold to have modeling done for minor source permitting.”

This remark vividly demonstrates what people are up against in Colorado.

The issue isn’t about whether the law requires air pollution modeling, it’s about whether state leaders are protecting people from illegal air pollution. Sadly, this truth seems lost on the Governor and his staff, who seem only to care about finding excuses to justify turning a blind eye to real public health threats.

What’s worse is that the latest whistleblower complaint is truly just the tip of the iceberg. The track record of Colorado leaders putting polluters’ interests before people, health, and environmental justice is long and sordid. It includes:

The list could go on.

This isn’t about politics, it’s about a state government led by those who seem to care more about protecting polluters than protecting people.

Governor Polis, Attorney General Weiser, the Colorado Air Pollution Control Director; they all seem to be driven to maintain the status quo of environmental injustice, degraded public health, and community suffering.

We’re not hopeless, though. Colorado leaders still have a chance to set things right and choose to put people over polluters. It’s going to take more than words, however.

The ball’s in the court of Governor Polis, Attorney General Weiser, and other leaders in Colorado. They need to make a choice. Either they stay the course and confirm that polluters matter most in the state. Or they demonstrate tangible action to protect people, achieve environmental justice, and slash harmful pollution.

The choice is theirs to make. Help them make it.

Today, Colorado Governor Jared Polis released the state’s final roadmap for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  The roadmap ostensibly lays out the path for Colorado to meet the climate goals of House Bill-19-1261, which requires greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced 26% below 2005 levels by 2025, 50% by 2030, and 90% by 2050.

We acknowledge the moral responsibility of centering and lifting the voices of communities and organizations that work with frontline communities in government sanctioned sacrifice zones. To that end, below is the statement of frontline voices on Governor Polis’ Roadmap:

We know the problems and we have solutions, but Colorado government isn’t listening

Frontline communities say the Governor’s GHG Roadmap doesn’t go far enough

We live on the land of the Ute, Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and 48 surviving tribes whose descendants are still living and traveling through what we now call Colorado.

In Colorado, frontline communities are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis. For generations, communities of color and low-income have experienced the worst air quality, the worst water quality, and disproportionately live on contaminated soil—by no accident. Landfills, toxic waste treatment facilities, and polluting industries are more likely to be located near communities of color and low income. This concentration of pollution—compounded by extreme weather (heat waves and storms) and a lack of resilient community infrastructure, including healthcare and housing—means that these same communities, especially segregated rural and workforce communities, end up disenfranchised and struggling to survive.

To truly protect communities disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis we must first acknowledge then dismantle the harmful practices of environmental racism, white supremacy and predatory capitalism—made all the more clear by COVID19. Exclusion from decision making processes coupled with government negligence has resulted in environmental violence to our communities for generations, with little to no consequences for violators. We have sought to improve our relationship with the government so that we may heal these systemic problems and government sanctioned sacrifice zones together. We demand a government that is ready to guarantee the equal protection of us all under the law, for these laws to put our health and safety first, and for their policies to be made in consultation with the people most harmed by the legacy of pollution and the climate crisis.

  • It has been almost two years since HB19-1261 passed, and our communities have yet to see tangible action to rein in toxic air pollution or climate crisis-causing emissions. Our state needs to start moving rulemakings and policy now to make sure pollution in frontline communities is reduced and that our state’s climate goals are met. Every moment we delay, the communities who have been most harmed by pollution continue to live with the associated health
  • Colorado’s Climate Action Plan requires engagement and support of disproportionately-impacted communities, yet we are still waiting for CDPHE’s Equity Framework. The delay of this framework signals that disproportionately-impacted communities were not sufficiently consulted or centered, and therefore, are unlikely to reap the benefits that could come from the Governor’s
  • It is past time that we protect the people and respect the science. To be good ancestors for the next seven generations, the government should no longer silo and sideline equity efforts and instead actively work to untangle the systems that created these disproportionate impacts in the first

“The responsibility now rests on Colorado lawmakers and policy makers to build trust by giving the equity analysis top priority on their path to climate action. To truly remedy the generations of inequity and harm imposed on communities not afforded the same platforms to protect ourselves we need to stop doing with politics and economics what has been done to BIPOC communities for generations. That means no longer ignoring, flushing out, or choking out those communities most at risk to environmental and social injustice.”

  • Renee Millard-Chacon, Commerce City, CO Spirit of the Sun, 720-224-4204

“We have known for decades that when it comes to environmental pollution, BIPOC communities suffer the most. This pandemic is highlighting the disproportionate impact on our communities. So many Coloradans have voiced their concerns to our government agencies and even to the Governor himself. Each time we are told there will be change, yet polluting sites all over the state are still in operation despite dangerous, documented violations. If real actions are not taken now, by the time relief from environmental racism reaches us, it will be too late.”

  • Patricia Nelson, mother of a student of Bella Romero Academy Greeley, CO 337-532-0135

“Farmers and farm-workers are on the frontline of climate change daily — facing the threats of deepening drought and increasing heat. They are facing the impacts head-on and also ready to be part of the solution. Rural communities, agriculture, and workers all need to be central in conversations about climate action.”

  • Pete Kolbenschlag, Delta County, CO Colorado Farm & Food Alliance 970-261-0678

“Because our communities tend to have fewer financial resources, which translates to less political power, it tends to be easier for polluters to get away with contaminating our environment. Additionally, being in Southern Colorado away from the Capitol we have even less power. Our neighborhoods are used as waste dumps and rather than polluters paying for proper pollution prevention and waste management, the people of our communities end up subsidizing their profits with our health. Colorado regulators would be wise to recognize that our communities are the most directly and severely impacted and we have first-hand knowledge of the polluting practices of some of the worst corporate actors and therefore, have the potential to be an extremely valuable resource of information in the regulatory process.”

  • Jamie Valdez, Harmed by Xcel Energy’s Comanche Plant’s pollution, Pueblo, CO 720-933-6363

“The Greenhouse Gas Roadmap must ensure that communities of color who have been disproportionately impacted by harmful pollution and climate change are first in line for clean air protections. Governor Polis must fully listen and learn from Indigenous, Black and Brown people’s experience with pollution in order to protect the health of Colorado’s most impacted communities. Colorado’s most precious resource is its children — they all deserve clean air from this day forward.”

  • Shaina Oliver, member of the Dineh (Navajo) and Field Organizer for Moms Clean Air Force Colorado 303-994-2421

“Environmental racism is not holding Polluters accountable, it is overwhelming communities with bureaucratic processes that are only meant to check boxes, and othering our communities by not giving us equal protection under the law. Justice isn’t charity — we have rights to a healthy environment. Racism will continue as long as the government continues to sanction sacrifice zones, where our rights can be ignored for profit.”

  • Lucy Molina, Suncor is her deadly neighbor Commerce City, CO, 720-275-5479

“As a former oil and gas worker, I have seen first hand the destruction the oil and gas industry has on the land, workers, and rural communities, especially Indigenous nations. Now, I see gentrification pushing our Black and Brown people out of cities and down valleys. Often this redlining and gentrification puts us into toxic environments, and if they aren’t yet the industry has plans to seek the minerals beneath our homes at any cost, including our health.”

  • Emmett Hobley – Denver, CO, 720-610-6969

 

We the undersigned acknowledge the moral responsibility of centering and lifting the voices of communities and organizations that work with frontline communities in government sanctioned sacrifice zones.

350 Colorado

Clean Energy Action

Colorado Fiscal Institute

Colorado Farm & Food Alliance

Colorado Latino Forum

Colorado Rising

Colorado Sierra Club

Conservation Colorado

Defiende Nuestra Tierras

EarthJustice

E2- Environmental Entrepreneurs

Environmental Defense Fund

Good Business Colorado

GreenLatinos Colorado

Healthy Air and Water Colorado

Moms Clean Air Force

Mountain Mamas

Natural Resources Defense Council

North Front Range Concerned Citizens

Progress Now Colorado

Spirit of the Sun

WildEarth Guardians


While Colorado is set to adopt new rules to crack down further on the oil and gas industry’s dangerous air pollution, the state is still wildly off track to fully protect communities and the climate in the face of unchecked fracking.

This has to change. And during the week of September 14th, we’ll have a chance to deliver a call to action to Governor Jared Polis.

On September 17, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission will hold a hearing to decide whether to adopt new rules to further crack down on toxic gases during fracking. The proposed rules would require more stringent emission controls on engines used at oil and gas well sites, set limits on pollution at waste disposal sites, and, for the first time ever, require air quality monitoring before and after drilling.

The rules are a positive step forward and will build upon new regulations adopted last December to rein in fracking pollution. In a formal filing last July, WildEarth Guardians expressed support for the rules, although called on the Air Commission to strengthen them in key areas.

Still, Colorado remains way off track to meet legally required climate targets. Worse, as fracking continues to boom in the state, there’s simply no way Colorado can effectively make progress in confronting the climate crisis.

This crisis isn’t just putting the climate at risk, it’s disproportionately threatening the health and safety of low income neighborhoods and communities of color.

At the September 17th Air Quality Control Commission meeting, WildEarth Guardians will be presenting testimony urging the citizen board to go further and faster in confronting the oil and gas industry’s harmful air pollution. The bottomline is, the Commission needs to adopt rules that help wind down and ultimately end fracking in Colorado.

You can help deliver this message loud and clear at a virtual public comment hearing next Thursday September 17 starting at 4:30 PMThe Air Commission will be giving the public a chance to comment over Zoom, click here to sign up ASAP >>

To attend and observe the virtual public comment hearing also make sure to register via Zoom, click here >>

We’re urging people to deliver a short and simple message to the Air Quality Control Commission and Governor Jared Polis. If you can attend and speak out, make sure to say the following:

  • The Commission needs to take bold action to adopt rules that rein in the oil and gas industry’s toxic air pollution;
  • For people’s health and the climate, the Commission needs to adopt rules that help Colorado wind down and ultimately end fracking in the state;
  • The Commission needs to more quickly and boldly to confront the oil and gas industry’s climate pollution to ensure progress toward meeting Colorado greenhouse gas reduction goals; and
  • Governor Jared Polis needs to get Colorado back on track to meeting legally required greenhouse gas reduction targets and to ensure climate justice in the state.

And please, share you personal stories and experiences with the Air Commission! Help them understand that peoples’ health, lives, and futures literally depend upon them taking swift and effective action for clean air and the climate.

If you can’t attend the virtual hearing, then please e-mail comments to the Air Quality Control Commission today at cdphe.aqcc-comments@state.co.us.

Colorado can and should be a leader in climate action in the United States. It’s up to us to make sure Governor Polis, the Air Commission, and other state leaders take the initiative to make it happen. Join us by speaking out for clean air and the climate on September 17. Then make sure Governor Polis hears directly from you that climate action can’t be delayed!

Colorado Governor Jared Polis and his administration yesterday missed a legally required deadline to propose new climate regulations, further setting back progress toward curbing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the state.

By law, the Polis administration was required to propose new regulations to meet the state’s greenhouse gas reduction targets by July 1, 2020. That day has now passed with no new regulations.

With reports confirming the state was already not on track to meet its climate goals, WildEarth Guardians is stepping up to soon file suit to enforce the July 1, 2020 deadline and upping calls for Governor Polis to fulfill his commitment to climate progress in Colorado.

The Polis administration’s lack of effective climate action isn’t just jeopardizing the state’s ability to curb greenhouse gas emissions, it’s a major environmental justice concern. Landmark climate legislation passed in 2019 required the state to prioritize reducing greenhouse gases where emissions disproportionately impact Black and Latino communities, low income neighborhoods, and Indigenous peoples.

Calls for Governor Polis to confront environmental racism and advance environmental and climate justice have mounted in the wake of the George Floyd protests, emphasizing that social inequities are directly related to environmental inequities.

In spite of some positive steps to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, the Polis administration has fallen behind in achieving meaningful reductions. A recent letter from Polis’ Air Pollution Control Division confirms that current progress is “not sufficient” to meet the state’s legally required climate milestones. 

In response to Colorado’s missed climate deadline, WildEarth Guardians is doubling down on calls for Governor Polis to:

  • Immediately suspend approving air pollution permits for new sources of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Help retire the state’s largest industrial sources of climate pollution, including the Suncor oil refinery in north Denver, as quickly as possible.
  • Commit Colorado to achieving 100% renewable electricity generation by 2030.
  • Phase out fracking in the state by 2025.

Under House Bill 1261, which passed and was signed into the law by Governor Polis in 2019, Colorado must reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26% by 2025, 50% by 2030, and 90% by 2050.

Fifty years ago, a group of visionaries created an event to honor, celebrate and protect the earth. The original founders of Earth Day were inspired by an understanding that Earth and its life support systems were increasingly vulnerable. They also understood a profound and simple truth—if the Earth suffers, then humanity suffers too.

If Earth and its natural systems are to thrive in the next 50 years, we need a deep recommitment to the bold vision that inspired the first Earth Day. Simply put, it’s time for action and we need Guardians like you to step up and help be a catalyst for the type of bold changes needed to address systemic problems, like the nature crisis and climate crises.

First, if you haven’t already, sign our Earth Day Pledge and make sure to share it with your friends and family.

Next, help us take over social media for Earth Week! To do that, we’ve assembled ready-to-go images for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If you’re short on time, we’ve even put together some sample Facebook posts and Instagram hashtags for you. We’ve created something extra special for people on Twitter: A compelling series of 15 tweets. We’d be especially grateful if you could send them all out!

Finally, you can find WildEarth Guardians on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @WildEarthGuardians, so make sure to tag us!

Images

All Earth Day images can be downloaded from this folder. They’re already sized for Facebook/Instagram or Twitter. You can also click on each image below and get a full-size image for use on social media.

Suggested Tweets

Start your very own Twitter Storm by sending out the following 15 tweets. We’ve made it simple: Just grab and post! Please note: If an image isn’t associated with the suggested tweet (Example: Suggested Tweet #1) an image will automatically propagate when you post the entire tweet.

Suggested Tweet #1
The original founders of #EarthDay were inspired by an understanding that Earth and its life support systems were increasingly vulnerable. They also understood a profound and simple truth—if the Earth suffers, then humanity suffers too. https://wildearthguardians.org/brave-new-wild/news/earth-day-2020-a-vision-for-the-next-50-years/

Suggested Tweet #2
Sign the Earth Day Pledge: https://guardiansaction.org/EarthDayPledge @wildearthguard

Suggested Tweet #3
Thanks to the catalyzing effect of the original #EarthDay vision—as well as a deep and wide progressive social and political movement—a whole suite of environmental safety nets now exist to protect nature, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. https://wildearthguardians.org/brave-new-wild/news/americas-bedrock-environmental-laws-a-conversation-with-john-horning/

Suggested Tweet #4
This #EarthDay is a time to reject dualities that seek to deny our interdependence and embrace our shared destiny—planet and people have one health. From this stems our belief that the rights of nature and the rights of people are inextricably intertwined. https://wildearthguardians.org/brave-new-wild/news/earth-day-2020-a-vision-for-the-next-50-years/

Suggested Tweet #5
Help spread the word about #EarthDay2020! Check out our Earth Day social media tool kit for a series of ready-to-go tweets, posts, and images. Let’s be loud and be proud this #EarthDay! @wildearthguard https://guardiansaction.org/EarthDayToolkit

Suggested Tweet #6
There has never been a better time to chart a new course towards a restorative and regenerative future. Take the #EarthDay Pledge: https://guardiansaction.org/EarthDayPledge @wildearthguard

Suggested Tweet #7
Extractive industries that mine, drill, log, and graze on #publiclands are fueling the climate crisis and the nature crisis. We must equitably retire extractive industries on public lands. Take action: https://guardiansaction.org/EarthDayPledge #EarthDay

Suggested Tweet #8
Living rivers are vital to the diversity of life on earth. To ensure the future health of rivers and the species that depend on them, we must revive the pulse of great waterways and expose the historic injustice to rivers. Take the pledge: https://guardiansaction.org/EarthDayPledge #EarthDay

Suggested Tweet #9
Native #wildlife, especially carnivores, are suffering under the multiple and intensifying threats of habitat destruction, climate disruption and questionable hunting and trapping practices. We must nurture an ethic of compassionate co-existence: https://guardiansaction.org/EarthDayPledge #EarthDay

Suggested Tweet #10
Public lands in the American West are home to some of the last remnants of wild, yet still unprotected, landscapes in our nation. There are potentially up to 40 million acres of #publiclands that would be eligible for permanent protection. ACT: https://guardiansaction.org/EarthDayPledge #EarthDay

Suggested Tweet #11
Times like these show the importance of safety nets. We must secure and strengthen environmental safety nets like the Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act to meet the challenges ahead. Sign the pledge: https://guardiansaction.org/EarthDayPledge #EarthDay

Suggested Tweet #12
WildEarth Guardians’ #EarthDay vision calls for leadership at all levels of society. We need leaders from all political spectrums to shoulder the responsibility of creating and embrace the vision of a new, more nurturant social contract with citizens. https://wildearthguardians.org/brave-new-wild/news/earth-day-2020-a-vision-for-the-next-50-years/

Suggested Tweet #13
Living rivers and
#cleanwater are vital to all life. Flowing, healthy rivers nourish communities, connect ecosystems, and provide corridors and habitat for fish and wildlife. Sign the pledge to protect and defend #livingrivers: https://guardiansaction.org/EarthDayPledge #EarthDay

Suggested Tweet #14
We must deepen our commitment to greater equity and inclusion in our human communities to ensure that people are treated with compassion and afforded the dignity that all people deserve. #EarthDay https://wildearthguardians.org/brave-new-wild/news/earth-day-2020-a-vision-for-the-next-50-years/

Suggested Tweet #15
The beauty, resiliency, and dynamism of Earth can still inspire a sense of awe and wonder in each of us. If we re-commit, with a greater sense of urgency, to the founding vision of #EarthDay, we can ensure future generations will experience the beauty too. https://guardiansaction.org/EarthDayPledge

Suggested Facebook Posts

Suggested Facebook Post #1

The original founders of Earth Day were inspired by an understanding that Earth and its life support systems were increasingly vulnerable. They also understood a profound and simple truth—if the Earth suffers, then humanity suffers too.

As we commemorate this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we do so with a somber reckoning that we have not heeded planetary health warnings early or well enough. Therefore, these times require ever more bold actions to realign our commitment to Earth and its natural systems and our mutual well-being.

Here’s what guardians like you can do today to help us collectively achieve this vision.

https://wildearthguardians.org/brave-new-wild/news/earth-day-2020-a-vision-for-the-next-50-years/

Suggested Facebook Post #2

If Earth and its natural systems are to thrive in the next 50 years, we need a deep recommitment to the bold vision that inspired the first Earth Day. It is a time for action. It is time to reweave the threads of the environmental, public health, and economic safety nets, which ensure that the public welfare and the common good are each protected.

Take the Pledge: https://guardiansaction.org/EarthDayPledge

Suggested Facebook Post #3

Happy Earth Day…Now get to work for the Earth!

Our Earth Day social media tool kit is a one-stop-shop of ready-to-go tweets, posts, and images.

https://guardiansaction.org/EarthDayToolkit

Instagram Hashtags and Link for Bio

Put this link to the Earth Day Pledge in your bio: https://guardiansaction.org/EarthDayPledge

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WildEarth Guardians joined 23 other Colorado nonprofits and over 1,600 individuals calling on Governor Jared Polis, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and State Land Board to take immediate action to protect those most vulnerable to risks of COVID-19 by halting all fossil fuel activities and the resulting hazardous pollution during the COVID-19 crisis. Across Colorado, poor air quality disproportionately impacts the elderly, low-income communities and people of color; those who are already most impacted by the pandemic and economic downturn.

Experts around the world have warned that air pollution makes people more vulnerable to COVID-19, stating that those at the highest risk include populations with pre-existing health conditions such as respiratory disease. Colorado’s poor air quality is a major driver for respiratory illness across the state, resulting in more than 32,000 child asthma attacks annually.

“For our health and welfare, we’re pleading with Governor Polis to pause fossil fuel production and give people a chance to focus on protecting themselves, their families, and their communities,” said Jeremy Nichols, Climate and Energy Program Director for WildEarth Guardians.  “In light of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s more critical than ever to defend our clean air and put people before polluters.”

Read the press release.