Statement from 350 Colorado for Rulemaking Concerning State Greenhouse Gas Emissions delivered to the Air Pollution Control Division on January 16, 2020By Micah Parkin
Hello, my name is Micah Parkin, and I’m the executive director of 350 Colorado.
I’m speaking today on behalf of over 18,000 of our members statewide who are extremely concerned about the climate crisis and as a mother of two daughters, one of whom has developed exercise-induced asthma due to our poor air quality.
350 Colorado is running a number of campaigns focused on defunding climate disaster, including a statewide divestment campaign targeting the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), Colorado’s state pension fund. This past year, Fossil Free PERA members and 350 Colorado staff and volunteers have been calling on PERA to divest through presence at board meetings, supporting legislation in 2019 that would have required PERA to assess climate-related financial risk, and most recently meeting with PERA staff, Director and Chief Investment Officer on the issue.
BOULDER COUNTY – Today local community and environmental groups delivered a petition representing thousands of local residents calling on the Boulder County Commissioners to declare a ban on fracking (hydraulic fracturing), utilizing the new powers from SB 19-181. This bill enabled local governments to take action as necessary to protect public health, safety and the environment from the dangers of oil and gas operations and eliminated state preemption, which courts previously cited as the reason they ruled to overturn Longmont’s ban and Fort Collins’ moratorium on fracking.