Hello clean-air-and-climate friends: Instead of a Zoom call this coming Wednesday, May 17, we’re going to have a Working Wednesday in SLC: everyone in the area is encouraged to join the signature-gathering efforts listed below! There are lots of other great opportunities coming up, too—in SLC and around the state, including the Ogden Marathon May 19-20—so please help us qualify for the Nov 2024 ballot by collecting 135,000 signatures by 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 attend, 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, email us at info@DarnAir.org with questions!
- North of SLC: We will be gathering at the Ogden Marathon on F May 19 (10am-8pm at the Expo) and Sat May 20 (8am-12pm at the Finish Line Festival), and perhaps also at some Ogden Raptors baseball games and at the Logan Farmers Market on Saturdays. And Nicholas Gleed is starting a USU IOGP summer internship with the campaign!
- South of Provo: The Amazing Earthfest in Kanab runs through Sat May 20; the Festival of the Americas in Kayenta runs is May 19 – Sun May 21; the Moab Arts Festival is Sat May 27 – Sun May 28; and every Saturday is the St George Farmers Market and the Cedar City Farmers Market.
- SLC to Provo: Just on W May 17 alone there’s an Andrea Bocelli concert at Vivint Arena, Dermot Kennedy at The Complex in SLC (and Sparta down the street at Metro Music Hall), a sold-out Alexandra Kay concert at the Urban Lounge in SLC, and a Real Salt Lake soccer game in Sandy. (Join us to help make it a great Working Wednesday!) Plus lots of other events on other days, including Bees baseball T May 16 – Sun May 21 and the first big concerts at Red Butte Amphitheater on T May 23, Sandy Amphitheater on W May 24, and Orem’s SCERA Park on Sat May 27, with the Utah Pride Festival in SLC just around the corner in early June. And Teague Berreth is starting a U of U Hinckley Institute summer internship with the campaign!
Inaugural members of the 100 Club: We’ve passed 5,000 valid signatures total, so thanks to everyone who’s helped, and extra kudos to folks who have 100+ signatures (JJ, Karen D, Brynn M, and Jan K) and to folks who have 250+ signatures (Dennis M, Lisa R, Dave C, and Yoram). There are over a dozen others who are on the board and within reach of the 100 Club… and there’s room for you too!
In the news: The Deseret News reports on polls showing that voters want to eliminate the state sales tax on groceries but are less keen on a constitutional amendment that could reduce education funding. (Fox13 reports on ongoing negotiations between the legislature and the education community about what that constitutional amendment might look like.) Also on Fox13 is an effort by Utah Clean Energy and SLC to make any Olympic Winter Games “climate-friendly”.