Along the way, we have fun with our kids – things like creating a climate patch for the Colorado Girl Scouts or delivering singing telegrams to decision makers when they help us protect our kids.
COLORADO PUBLIC LANDS
We are so lucky to call Colorado home. We enjoy wide open spaces, incredible mountains, beautiful canyons, plains and mesas and wildlife. From the Front Range to the Four Corners, endless adventures await our families. As Mountain Mamas, we love to share our joy of the outdoors and our favorite places with our kids.
But climate change and dirty energy development threaten those incredible places. Colorado Mamas must work together to protect our remaining wild areas so that our kids can introduce them to our grandkids someday.
LAND & WATER CONSERVATION FUND
WE DID IT!
We saved the Land & Water Conservation Fund with the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act on August 4, 2020!
It took the Mountain Mamas seven years to get the Land & Water Conservation Fund over the finish line as part of the Great American Outdoors Act. As Mamas, we forced bi-partisan support, held Senators and Congressmen/women accountable for their voting record, and saw the votes change when it mattered most. Why? Because we fought for something that is good for EVERYONE.
COLORADO OUTDOOR RECREATION AND ECONOMY (CORE) ACT
The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act would protect close to 400,000 acres of extraordinary public lands so our kids and their kids will forever be able to experience their beauty, solitude, wildlife, and history that we enjoy today.
These are rare gems that are threatened by our continued growth and development but we have an opportunity to protect our natural heritage with the CORE Act. The bill has been introduced by Senator Bennet and Representative Neguse. We are grateful to our public lands champions in Congress!
CORE Act Story Map
Each national monument is different and offers its own special features. They are as diverse as Dinosaur National Monument here in Colorado to the Statue of Liberty in New York.
We can learn of ancestors that have shaped who we are today, enjoy recreational opportunities and more equitable access to nature, or study natural phenomena. We are lucky to have eight beautiful and incredible monuments in Colorado that draw nearly 900,000 visitors each year.
In June 2021, the Antiquities Act celebrated its 115th anniversary. When President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law, he paved the way for not only permanent preservation of cultural and historical lands central to our nation’s history, but also ensured surrounding communities a steady revenue stream through tourism spending and investment.
Check out the list below to see what the national monuments in Colorado have to offer. Then get out and explore with your family the beauty, education, recreation and sense of solitude that these natural areas provide.
Colorado has an air pollution problem. The Denver/Aurora metro area is now the 10th worst for ozone pollution out of 229 metropolitan areas across the country. Several counties across the state have also recieved low or even failing grades for air quality. Bottom line, air pollution threatens our health today as well as our kids’ future tomorrow.
Transportation, electricity generation, and the oil and gas industry vie for the top spot of biggest polluter in our state. The good news is there are many ways we can improve air quality and Colorado Mountain Mamas are working together to make them happen across the state.
It has to stop.
Nationally, the transportation sector is the number one emitter of greenhouse gas emissions. The majority of fuel used for transportation is fossil fuel – gas and diesel. This means there is huge potential to clean up how to move around.
Hybrid and electric vehicles are gaining popularity in Colorado quickly. With new models being released every year, significant tax breaks, and the clean air benefits, it’s no wonder!
Electric vehicles are so much more efficient than traditional vehicles that they are always cleaner regardless of the energy on the grid but get even better as the electricity to charge them gets cleaner, a trend we are enjoying in Colorado. They are also cheaper to maintain which means savings for the family budget in the long run.
Energy generated from renewable sources like wind and solar is cleaner than traditional fossil fuel sources like coal, oil and natural gas. Clean energy means cleaner, healthier air for our kids to breathe. It also means addressing the looming climate crisis so we’re not saddling the next generation with our mistakes. That’s why we fight for more renewable energy, energy efficiencies and to retire outdated and expensive coal-fired power plants.
The energy you use in your home or business can make a difference. Contact your local power company to see if they can supply you with more renewable energy and check out our list of ways to save energy to make a difference today!
We all agree, we want to leave a better world for our children and grandchildren. Unfortunately, we’re already experiencing climate change impacts such as recent strange and severe weather.
Climate change leads to more (and more severe) wildfires, drought, heatwaves, more insect-borne disease, continued severe storms and potential food shortages. That’s not the world we want for our kids.
Colorado Mountain Mamas are taking charge to protect those we love the most. That’s why we are committed to the Colorado Climate Action Plan.
COLORADO CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
Since the federal government is doing nothing to address, in fact is denying, the climate crisis, we’re depending on states to make BOLD moves.
Colorado has the potential to be a national leader in fighting the climate crisis.
The Colorado Climate Action Plan, passed in 2019, requires the state to lower our carbon pollution emissions, as compared to 2005 levels, by
This is a great first step! Now we need to make it a reality by taking the necessary action to reduce carbon pollution across all aspects of life in Colorado.
Did you know?
The Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) is the primary agency responsible for ensuring we reach these goals. Join Colorado Mountain Mamas in asking the AQCC to take urgent and bold action to meet our responsibilities. It’s as easy as signing your name to this letter right now (will only take one minute!) so our kids can have a healthy, more secure future!
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Mountain Mama’s Colorado staff members work statewide yet are currently based out of Denver, which occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Hinónoʼeitíít (Arapaho), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne), and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) peoples.