I agree we need big, structural changes to address the climate crisis. Regulating the fossil fuel industry, revolutionizing transportation, and shifting away from wasteful construction practices; these are some of the ways to slow the toxic warming of our planet. We need to pursue innovation and dramatic action at every level – worldwide, nationwide, statewide and in our communities.
At the same time, I believe Colorado is looking at an inevitably warmer future. Unusual heat in our state brings three main challenges: fire, drought, and flooding. Our water supplies are fragile. Our vulnerable wildlands underpin the tourism and outdoor recreation that are so important to our economy. Everything is interconnected. To mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, we must take bold action. As your representative in House District 13, I will lead with urgency to help our state prevent, mitigate, and adapt to the impacts of climate change. For a look at Colorado’s plan to date, read the Colorado Climate Plan.
I also believe we can better prepare for the adversities of climate change by strengthening our institutions. For example, TABOR is a major impediment to adequate state funding for disaster preparedness. We need a smart migration strategy, so if we have a sudden influx of families (as we did after Hurricane Katrina), we can assimilate newcomers into our schools and communities. Finally, to overcome the most trying of times, we must have a resilient democracy and a strong legal system. In a recent article for TheNew Yorker, Jonathan Franzen writes, “...any movement toward a more just and civil society can now be considered a meaningful climate action.” I couldn’t agree more.
Significant snowfall last winter and a wet spring mean Colorado’s fall colors are going to be remarkable in the next few weeks, particularly in the counties that make up House District 13 (Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand and Jackson). I’m an avid hiker, and I’m traveling through HD 13 this fall, so I’m excited (so is Lucky). I liked this leaf peeping guide by 5280 Magazine.
Boulder for Zenzinger
The most contested 2020 race in Colorado will be Senator Rachel Zenzinger’s re-election. Let’s give her a big Boulder boost and help her campaign get off to a strong start. Together with Senator Stephen Fenberg and others, I'll be hosting an event at my home on Oct 20, and I hope you will join in. Learn more and RSVP here, or support Rachel's re-election bid with a donation now.
Happy Hour to Support Judy for HD13
Thursday, November 14 | 5:30-7:30
Hosted by Edie Hooton, Colorado State Representative for HD10
Join us for this fundraiser at any of these levels: Hosts: $400 | Co-Host: $250 |
Supporters: $100 | Friends: $50
All are welcome. No donation is required. RSVP & DONATE
Hosts: Edie Hooton, Amy Cleveland, Michael Donovan, Dr. Warren Hern, John & Carol Hoeffler, Deb Malden, Dee Perry, Diane Rosenthal, Dita Hutchinson, John Voorhees, Kitty Stephenson, Laura Sparks, Mimi Amabile, Nina Amabile, Rich & Robin Gribbon, and Stan Garnett host committee in formation
The list of community leaders who endorse Judy for Colorado HD 13 is significant and growing. They include:
Ellen Burns - Former Chair of the Boulder Democratic Party
Josie Heath - Former Boulder County Commissioner
Rollie Heath - Former CO Senator and founding member of ProgressNow
Emma Hall - Boulder County Coroner
Betsey Martens - Former Executive Direct of Boulder Housing Partners
Jonathan Singer - Representative for Colorado House District 11
Andrew Shoemaker - Frm Boulder City Council Member and Mayor Pro-Tem
Richard Foy - Co-founder of Communication Arts
Stan Garnett - Former Boulder County District Attorney
Spence Havlik - Former Boulder City Council Member
Richard Polk - Former Boulder City Council Member
Dickey Lee Hullinghorst - Frm Speaker of the CO House of Representatives
Sam Weaver - Boulder City Council Member
Dr. Warren Hern - MD, Boulder Abortion Clinic
Laurie Albright - Former President, BVSD Board of Education
Jean Dubofsky - Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice and Former Deputy Attorney General for Colorado
Angelique Espinoza - Former Boulder City Council Member
Lynn Guissinger - RTD Board of Directors, District O
Edie Hooton - Colorado State Representative HD-10
Francoise Poinsatte - Former Boulder City Council Member