Hello clean-air-and-climate friends: Please join us on Zoom (link available via email) from 7-7:40pm MT every other Wednesday night: W Mar 22, W Apr 5, etc. All are welcome to a discussion of our campaign and our progress in qualifying for the Nov 2024 ballot by collecting 135,000 signatures from F Feb 17 to W Nov 22, 2023!
Signature-gathering opportunities: Check out the Guide to Gathering Signatures and this 2-pager with instructions for signature gatherers, and then click on the links below for event calendars; experienced volunteers have added their names and contact info in red to events they’re going to be at, so reach out to them if you want to join them! (Or try to add a Comment on the calendar, or email us at info@DarnAir.org.) No experience necessary, we will provide training and materials!
- North of SLC: We’ve got a group of great USU students collecting signatures inside the Student Union building. (Email us if you want to join them; classes go through T Apr 25.) And one of the students we met, Nicholas Gleed, will be doing a summer campaign internship through the USU Institute of Government and Politics. (It’s not too late for others to sign up and get course credit for working on the campaign!)
- South of Provo: Lisa R and Karen D are leading the charge in St George, including at the farmers market and at Utah Tech, which has classes through W Apr 26. (SUU in Cedar City has classes through F Apr 21, and there are concert events in Cedar City on F Mar 31, W Apr 6, and Th Apr 20, plus the Washington County Fair Apr 14-22.) We also have permits to gather at the liquor stores in St George, Hurricane, and Cedar City—see Tales from the Trails below—and we will be at the Springdale Earth Fest Sat-Sun Apr 29-30!
- West side, SLC to Provo: We’re going to try gathering at the Maverik Center, plus there are shows Fri-Sat March 24-25 at the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center in Taylorsville.
- East side, SLC to Provo: We can gather (indoors!) at UVU through the end of classes W Apr 26 and (outdoors) at the U of U through T Apr 25. (And JJ, who is getting course credit for a campaign internship through the U of U Hinckley Institute, is organizing a tabling event at the Sustainability Fair on W Apr 12.) At Vivint Arena there are three Jazz games M/W/F March 20/22/24, a Reba McEntire concert on Sat Mar 25, and then the final four Jazz games of the season M Mar 27 and T/Th/Sat Apr 4/6/8. There are always lots of concerts in SLC, and the Salt Lake Bees start their season with three 1:05pm games on F Mar 31, Sat Apr 1, and Sun Apr 2!
In the news: The New York Times flags “full-throated support for a carbon tax” from Senator Mitt Romney: “If we want to do something serious about emissions then we need to put a price on carbon.” See also the March 3 Deseret News op-edby Zions Bank CEO Scott Anderson, who is also co-chair of Utahns for Carbon Dividends. On the other side of the ledger, the Salt Lake Tribune has an article on “Legislators breathe a little life into coal power plant due to be retired”.
Tales from the Trails: Jan Kennington was gathering at the Mt America Expo Center in Sandy and reports that a woman ran out of the Home & Garden Festival full of excitement: “I want to sign! I want to sign!!” And Dave Carrier says: “For me, gathering signatures for this campaign is a form of therapy. It is a way to take action beyond just writing another op-ed or leaving another voice message for my legislative representatives – it is a way to take action beyond just more talk. For me, gathering signatures is an effective antidote against that toxins that produce my climate change insomnia, post Utah Legislative Session depression, and multiple long MAGA disorders. I know there are others, like me, for whom signature gathering for Clean The Darn Air would also be effective therapy.” If that sounds like you please contact us! PS. Dave also sends this photo from the state liquor store in Hurricane: