Climate change may be a global problem, but we will feel the effects locally. That is why solutions for minimizing the effects of climate change must be adopted a local level if we are serious about ensuring that youth will enjoy a future filled with the same opportunities for abundance that their parents enjoyed. We want Utah to have a plan for adapting to and minimizing the effects of climate change. To make that happen, we use three strategies to build a coalition to pass state legislation that would create a plan for adapting to and minimizing the effects of climate change.
Our presentation team (see more information under the Speakers Board tab) attends meetings, schools, classes, and youth groups to educate about climate change and about how to help ensure that Utah is prepared for responding to the effects of climate change. If you like to teach or give presentations, we need your voice.
Our coalition team builds political will for legislation addressing climate change by engaging individuals through personalized outreach to key political or community leaders. If you like meeting new people and engaging in the political process, we need your participation.
Marches, demonstrations and political events, like our Connect the Dots and Swing into Action events help us build a movement, raise our voices, and keep climate change in the news. Come participate, or help us organize!
iMatter Utah members supported HB77, a bill that acknowledged climate change and would have allowed Utah state agencies to plan for climate-change-related wild fire mitigation and adaptation.
Colorful photos and live video streamed in from events held in more than 100 countries on May 5th, 2012 where citizens around the world were "connecting the dots” between global climate change and extreme weather events.
On July 6, 2011, the Utah Air Quality Board held a hearing on our petition for rulemaking. Over thirty people testified in support of our request for a long-range plan to address climate change. Only one person testified in opposition.
On May 7-14, 2011 ONE MILLION YOUTH STOOD FOR THE PLANET by marching in the streets.
The May 7th march also celebrated legal actions that were filed in every state in the United States on May 7, 2011, requesting government leaders to recognize that the atmosphere is a public trust upon which everyone relies to protect our future.
Before holding our very first march, we ran into trouble. The State of Utah demanded that we purchase a $600 insurance policy and waive all of our legal rights in order to march on the most visible and symbolic street in Salt Lake: State Street.