Action #1 - Environmentalism and Social Justice
One of the central needs for active environmentalists is to stay informed and up to date. This is continually necessary due to our quickly changing technology as well as political and cultural developments.
The quickly developing changes and awarenesses following this month’s Black Lives Matter protests and issues of race in the US reminds us that environmental activism has to also take on the impacts of systemic racism. Within our local community as well as throughout the world, the populations that have contributed the least to our present climate crisis are those who have suffered the most from its impacts. In polls, these vulnerable communities are also the communities that are most concerned about climate change and it impacts (70% Latinx responders vs 49% white). We need to find ways to better include and involve our Hispanic community and all marginalized citizens in our local work in climate change. Make sure you communicate your concerns and invite participation when talking (and especially when listening with any and all your contacts; friends, neighbors, employees and employers). It’s past time to open that door and welcome new voices.
For those of you who use social media, here are a few black climate activists who post regularly on Instagram. Start following them on Social Media to get in touch with their perspectives and contributions. @poppyokotcha and @itsecogal and @wastefreemarie
Action #2 - Walkable Communities
The City of Ketchum has approved a measure to close two blocks of 4th Street to cars this summer so that people may eat, gather, walk and bike while staying at a distance.
Maybe some of Hailey’s and/or Bellevue’s roads could also become more bike and pedestrian friendly with restricted car traffic? Talk with, or write, your City staff or City officials to find out how they’re working to meet the foot and bike mobility needs in our towns as our vehicle traffic is becoming more pervasive.
For the first time ever, Idaho’s three major electric utilities (Idaho Power, Avista, and Rocky Mountain/PacifiCorp) have all roughly come to the same conclusion – leaving coal plants and transitioning to clean energy sources like wind and solar, is the best path to keeping our energy costs affordable and our energy system reliable. Each of Idaho’s major electric utilities have developed a long-term energy plan (formally known as Integrated Resource Plans or IRPs) to map out from what sources most Idahoans will get their electricity (e.g. coal, gas, hydro, wind, solar). And all three of these energy plans are currently under review by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC). There are two main ways you can get involved and be a climate hero.
1) Take action - write a personalized comment about why you care about climate change and why you are concerned about climate change to send to Idaho's energy decision makers at the link here (for Idaho Power customers): https://p2a.co/UACwhuU.
2) Attend one of ICL's Climate Hero workshops held June 17 and July 7 via Zoom. Join ICL’s very own Energy Associate, Ben Otto, to learn about Idaho’s electric utilities’ energy plans and what they mean to you, our communities and state and why it’s so important to write and submit a personal comment to Idaho’s PUC. Already submitted a comment or want to take the next step as an advocate? Awesome! Ben will empower you to continue your climate advocacy through other creative actions and methods of spreading the word and empowering others to speak up and share their story of why investing in Idaho’s clean energy future is so important.
Register now for the June 17th Climate Hero workshop: https://www.idahoconservation.org/event/climate-hero-workshop-planning-our-clean-energy-future-in-idaho/
Register now for the July 7th Climate Hero workshop: https://www.idahoconservation.org/event/climate-hero-workshop-planning-our-clean-energy-future-in-idaho-2/