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‘Environmental Day’ at the AZ State Capitol
February 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm MST
Feb. 7 is ‘Environmental Day’ at the AZ State Capitol. Environmental activists from nearly all of Arizona’s 30 legislative districts will gather Wednesday, February 7, for a day of activities at the State Capitol.
People from 20 organizations and at least five Arizona high schools will participate in the day’s events, which include scheduled meetings with House and Senate representatives.
Topics addressed will include environmental justice, climate change, clean water resources, parks and wilderness, and other key issues. This year’s Environmental Day theme is Save Our Environment: Act Now!
WHO: Environmental activists from across the state
WHAT: Environmental Day at the AZ State Capitol
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. NOTE: Press conference at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: AZ State Capitol, Rose Garden, 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona
“It is critical that we all act now to help ensure a healthy future for all Arizonans,” said Sandy Bahr, chapter director for Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon (Arizona) Chapter. “The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the public lands that provide habitat for plants and animals, protect our watershed, and provide opportunities for recreation, are all at risk here at the Arizona Capitol and in Washington, DC.”
Schedule of Events:
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome, overview of day and key bills, Request to Speak system, Group Photo
– Sandy Bahr, Sierra Club – Grand Canyon Chapter
9:15 a.m. State legislators speak about environmental protection and environmental justice
Representative Charlene Fernandez
Senator Martin Quezada
Representative Eric Descheenie
Senator Jamescita Peshlakai
9:45 a.m. Environmental and Climate Justice
– Sonja Klinsky, Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability, ASU
10:00 a.m. Break into teams and/or attend House Ways and Means Committee in House Hearing Room 1
11:30 a.m. News Conference – Save Our Environment – Act now to protect our air, water, and our
health from assaults by AZ Legislature and the Trump Administration. Key Bills to
watch in 2018.
12:00 p.m. Environmental Day Prayer Circle (Rose Garden west of House) – A reading and prayer with an optional activity that will bring participants symbolically together around quotations that inspire us to act for the environment.
– Doug Bland, Arizona Interfaith Power, and Light
1:15 p.m. Option 1: Introductions from House Floor (House Gallery)
1:30 p.m. Option 2: Introductions from Senate Floor (Senate Gallery)
2:00 p.m. Meetings, Committee Hearings, etc.
Groups participating in Environmental Day at the Capitol include the following:
Animal Defense League of Arizona
Arizona Faith Network Earth Care Commission
Arizona Heritage Alliance
Arizona Interfaith Power and Light
Be Outdoors Arizona
Arizona Sustainability Alliance
Center for Biological Diversity
Citizens’ Water Advocacy Group
Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection
Gila River Alliance for a Clean Environment
Great Old Broads for Wilderness
Kids Climate Action Network
Maricopa Audubon Society
Phoenix Lobos-Rising Packtivist Group
Save Our Ancient Redrocks, Inc. (SOAR)
Sierra Club – Grand Canyon (Arizona) Chapter
Sky Islands High School
Tucson Audubon Society
Yuma Audubon Society