Virtual Wild & Scenic Days of Action, Nov 1-3

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For years, we’ve paired the Wild & Scenic Film Festival with our Community Action Hub. The Community Action Hub featured direct actions that attendees could take during the live event to make a real difference in Colorado and beyond.

Last year, due to the pandemic, we offered the Community Action Hub as a Zoom event online. There were five actions to take, which, unfortunately, meant that our sponsors had mere minutes to talk about their actions.

This year, to create spaciousness for our sponsors to share their action, its importance, and answer attendees’ questions, we will be holding a series of lunch and learns during the week before the film festival! All lunch and learns will start at noon MT.

November 1

Hear from and take action with The Wilderness Society, Wild Connections, and Wilderness Workshop!

Rename Mount Evans

Content warning: mention of an Indigenous massacre

Colorado’s Mt. Evans Wilderness provides habitat for pika, bighorn sheep and mountain goats, but its namesake has a violent legacy. The mountain is named for former Colorado Territorial Governor John Evans, who was forced to resign in disgrace after he was found to be complicit in the murder of more than 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho, including many women and children, at what has become known as the Sand Creek Massacre. The Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes recently filed a petition to change the name of the mountain to “Blue Sky” in honor of both tribes and The Wilderness Society has supported their efforts to rename both the mountain and the Wilderness.

Increase Our Wilderness

Now is the time to pass more Wilderness in Colorado! The Colorado Wilderness Act and CORE Act have passed the US House four times in the past two years as part of the greater Protecting America’s Wilderness Act. This bill would protect about 1.3 million acres of wilderness and over 1,000 Wild & Scenic river miles in the US, including over 1 million acres of public lands protections in Colorado! This is the down payment we need to meet the America the Beautiful initiative, to protect 30% of US Lands and Waters by 2030. Let’s tell our Colorado Senators that their leadership is needed to champion this bill!

Keep the Crystal River Wild & Scenic

The Crystal River has withstood the test of time to become one of Colorado’s last untamed natural wonders and protecting it as a Wild and Scenic River would keep it that way. Join Wilderness Workshop in supporting Wild & Scenic protection for the Crystal River! (Due to unforeseen circumstances, Wilderness Workshop will not be able to join us, but we will be sharing their action and providing contact information to learn more).

Register to join this Wild & Scenic Day of Action!

November 2

Hear from and take action with Endangered Species Coalition, Colorado Wildlands Project, and Center for Biological Diversity!

Successful Wolf Restoration Needs Your Input

The Endangered Species Coalition will be presenting resources and next steps for potential advocates to use as Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission begins to craft a plan to reintroduce and manage gray wolves in the state. These resources can be used to educate yourself as well as arm you with the knowledge and tools to write comments to the Commission and ensure their plan truly works to protect these valuable species.
To learn more about Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s gray wolf restoration updates go to: https://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/CON-Wolf-Management.aspx
To provide comments to the Parks and Wildlife Commission please email wolfcomments@state.co.us

Protect Colorado’s Bureau of Land Management Land

We are collectively failing to protect Colorado’s Bureau of Land Management roadless public lands, or wildlands. Congress has not acted to protect a single acre of BLM wildlands since 2009. Only 8% of Colorado’s 8.3 million acres of Bureau of Land Management public lands are permanently conserved. Land conservation is climate action, and the President’s America the Beautiful goals to protect 30% of lands by 2030 are a call to action. Join the Colorado Wildlands Project in calling on Colorado’s U.S. Senators to prioritize protection for Bureau of Land Management wildlands to conserve wildlife, protect scenery, habitat and recreation and to take action for our climate!

Clean up Colorado’s Air

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission is going to be making new protective measures to control the emissions of greenhouse gases, as well as smog pollution, from the oil and methane gas industry. We will discuss how to comment in this process and what one can ask for.

Register to join this Wild & Scenic Day of Action!

November 3

Hear from and take action with Defenders of Wildlife and Simple Switch!

Protect Biodiversity

Individual action is essential to solving our biodiversity crisis, but it’s not enough on its own. The current political landscape presents us with historic opportunities to reshape the federal rules and regulations that guide how we manage and protect our wildlife and wildlands. From reforming the oil and gas leasing system to making biodiversity protection a core tenet of the Biden administration’s agenda, we have the chance to make real change and secure a better future for our planet. Defenders of Wildlife will dive into one of the latest breaking actions to shape federal policy, and how you can influence your elected officials.

Make the Move Toward Waste-Free

Though going “zero waste” is trending, and we know our personal environmental actions are important, it can be hard to know where to start. Rachel Kois, CEO of Simple Switch, the online marketplace for ethical and impactful shopping, started a more serious commitment to her own low waste journey in 2018, and she’ll be sharing some actionable tips on avoiding waste, from saving water to repurposing packaging. She’s passionate about “ease without apathy” and is excited to share a no-judgement approach to making ethical and sustainable lifestyle a habit.”

Register to join this Wild & Scenic Day of Action!

This event is part of the Virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, hosted by Rocky Mountain Wild and happening November 4. Learn more about our other Wild & Scenic Days of Action and the Film Festival here: https://rockymountainwild.org/wsff