Welcome to our February 2023 Newsletter! On behalf of all of us at 350CO – Happy February!

In this issue, catch up on the ‘Frack of the State’ rally hosted in coalition at the State Capitol in conjunction with Gov. Polis’s ‘State of the State’ address, and learn about two key reports released this month spotlighting the true costs of oil and gas development in Colorado as well as how Colorado’s state pension fund (PERA) continues to lose money through fossil fuel investments. You’ll also learn how to get involved in 350CO’s annual Climate Lobby Week which kicks off Feb. 5. We hope you will join us! 

From all of us on the 350CO Team, we wish you a wonderful February!

Quote of the Month  

“Action is the antidote to despair.” ―Joan Baez

Action of The Month: Join us for Climate Lobby Week Feb. 5-12!–> Click here to Register.

Frack of the State’ Rally Highlights Polis Failure to End Oil and Gas Wars

Despite the passage of SB19-181, Colorado communities are still plagued by new large-scale drilling projects, with Colorado climate and community organizations uniting to host a rally and press conference on January 17th in conjunction with Gov. Polis ‘State of the State’ address to demand executive action.

Join 350CO for Climate Lobby Week Feb. 5-12!

During this year’s climate lobby week, we and allies like Physicians for Social Responsibility will urge state legislators to support priority bills and take action to help solve the climate crisis. Read on to learn more and get involved.


New Report Finds Colorado’s State Pension Fund (Public Employees Retirement Association) Loses Money by Not Divesting from Fossil Fuels

Learn why action from pension funds on climate is essential, read the new report, and learn about legislation this session that will require PERA to conduct a climate-related financial risk analysis.


Clearing the Air: The Real Costs + Benefits of Oil and Gas for Colorado

Learn more about a new report that was just published by Colorado Fiscal Institute on the real costs and benefits of oil and gas development in our state.



A huge thanks to our February Climate Heroes of the Month – Robert + Michelle Popejoy!

This month we are excited to celebrate Colorado Springs Team members Robert Popejoy & Michelle Popejoy! This father and daughter team have been strong advocates for climate action, having supported both local team efforts via the 350 Colorado Springs team as well as supporting the 350CO Renewable Energy Committee over the years and most recently participating in 350 Colorado’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion trainings and efforts in 2022.

Meet Robert + Michelle Popejoy!


Video of the Month – ‘Frack of the State’ Rally Recap!

As Polis gave his 2023 State of the State address, a coalition of community and environmental orgs gathered to call on state legislators and the Governor to ensure that Coloradans have healthy, safe, and livable air quality, water supplies, and climate conditions by opposing residential drilling permits and supporting a phase out of oil and gas permitting by 2030 or sooner.


Upcoming Events & Actions

  • Sat. Feb. 4, 10:30am-4pm: 350CO Climate Leadership Workshop (Denver) Register here
  • Feb. 5-10: 350CO Annual Climate Lobby Week! Register here
  • Feb. 7, 6:30pm: Regenerative Agriculture + Local Food Committee meeting with special guests from Growing Gardens + Climate Refarm. Join via zoom here. 
  • Feb. 8, 12:30pm: Renewable Energy Committee with special guest Ren Smith, Sierra Club, Fossil Free Front Range Organizer. Join via Zoom here
  • Friday, Feb. 10 8am, Climate Lobby Day (Denver Capitol) Register here
  • Tues. Feb. 21, 6:30pm: Colorado Fiscal Institute New Report Webinar: Clearing the Air – The Real Costs + Benefits of Oil + Gas for CO (Join here via zoom) 
  • Thurs. Feb. 23, 6:30pm: Water and Fire Resilience on Agricultural Lands with Beavers Webinar (Join here via zoom)
  • Feb. 23-26: Colorado Environmental Film Festival! Come table with 350CO! Sign up here. 

Please view our full calendar to join local team meetings, committee conference calls & more

Did you know? You can support 350CO when buying a home!

If you or someone you know is looking to buy a new home, please support 350CO through Climate Change Realty – a real estate brokerage that donates 50% of its net commissions to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations dedicated to fighting climate change. Contact ethan@ccrboulder.com if you are interested in moving or visit www.ccrboulder.com today and look for 350CO on the list of partnering non-profits!