In 2019, Coloradans helped pass the historic Climate Action Plan, establishing science-based goals to cut greenhouse gas pollution to address the climate crisis. But without strong and enforceable standards to ensure that these targets are met, our state isn’t on track to achieve those targets.

There is no time to wait; Coloradans are already experiencing the harmful impacts of climate change.

Thanks to the tireless dedication of our elected climate leaders in Colorado’s legislature, on the final day of the legislative session last week Colorado passed HB21-1266 a new piece of legislation that makes real progress towards achieving Colorado’s science-based climate goals — reducing climate pollution across several large sources of emissions and for centering important provisions to address environmental justice issues.

A special thank you to the Colorado lawmakers Senator Faith Winter, Representative Dominique Jackson, Senator Janet Buckner, Representative Mike Weissman, and Senator Dominick Moreno for their commitment to sponsoring the final legislation.

There is much more work to be done to meet the goals set out in the Climate Action Plan, but these Colorado lawmakers worked tirelessly, and strategically, to make sure we made progress this year.

If we’re going to make the progress required to meet the scale of the climate challenge, we need these bold leaders in our state legislature to continue to drive meaningful climate policy forward — creating the systemic change that will protect our communities, our businesses, and the future of our beloved state.

57 Colorado lawmakers ultimately voted yes on the final passage of HB21-1266.  Thank them for their work to ensure that Colorado continues to take urgent action against climate change.

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Vive Wellness is a community-based wellness organization that serves communities of need throughout Commerce City and the surrounding Denver area. Like many businesses, Founder and Program Director Yoli Casas had to make the hard decision to shutter doors and stop indoor programming while the COVID-19 pandemic was raging. Summer 2020 offered a welcome opportunity to resume the vital services Vive Wellness provides in a safe setting, outside in local parks. However, the wildfires and extreme heat made the air quality unsafe and posed a risk to anyone exercising outdoors, forcing Yoli to yet again make the hard decision to shut down.