Canyon Echoes - Take Action for Earth Day!

By Newsroom America Feeds at 16 Apr 18:31

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead


In this issue:

- Direct Democracy for Earth Day - Earth Day Events & Activities - Don't Let the AZ Legislature Block Clean Energy - Support Energy Efficiency, Our Cleanest Cheapest Energy Resource - Please Support Our Work!


Direct Democracy for Earth Day

Arizona has a robust constitution relative to direct democracy. We, the people, can create laws, promote constitutional amendments, and stop bad ideas via the initiative and referendum process. For Earth Day we are encouraging you to step up and help to promote policies to better protect the planet and our democracy. Please help circulate petitions and promote Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona and the Outlaw Dirty Money campaigns. See details below. We also have an update on the ban on trophy hunting of wild cat species effort below.

Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona Sierra Club has endorsed the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona campaign to put a measure on the ballot that would require that utilities generate 50% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. This would help put Arizona on track with neighboring states and re-establish our leadership position for renewable energy, especially solar. To find out more and to request a petition, please go to

Outlaw Dirty Money The Outlaw Dirty Money campaign aims to bring more disclosure to our elections, so we all know more about who is funding campaigns to elect candidates and fund ballot measures in Arizona. Sierra Club has endorsed this initiative to bring more sunshine to our elections. Also, recently the Arizona Republic endorsed the effort: To get your petitions and sign up to help, go to

Arizonans for Wildlife As some of you may know, but many of you may not, Arizonans for Wildlife has suspended the campaign to put a measure on the ballot to ban trophy hunting of five wild cat species. The campaign indicated that the challenges associated with the change in law to require "strict compliance" was a factor. This has meant larger costs and more time for signature gathering. There were also some issues with a shifting focus for the main group sponsoring the initiative, Humane Society of the United States. We are sorry this is not moving forward, but we commit to work with you all to advocate for protection of these and other wildlife species.

For more information contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or


Earth Day Events & Activities

Earth Day Hike - Sonoran Desert April 21st 7:45 A.M. - Noon Join us for this easy 2.5 mile hike in the Sonoran Desert RSVP here:

Earth Day - Tonto National Forest April 21st 9:30 A.M. Help the Tonto National Forest with Riparian Photo Points For details and to RSVP, contact Urb Weidner at 602-300-8505 or

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Earth Day Celebration April 21st 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. 10005 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale ( *Note, we need volunteers to help run the booth at this event. Contact Lydia Wilson at 602-253-9140 or

Earth Day - Flagstaff April 21st 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. Stop by the Sierra Club table Bushmaster Park 3150 N. Alta Vista Dr. Flagstaff (

Earth Day - Grand Canyon April 21st 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. Visit Grand Canyon and Celebrate the Planet. Grand Canyon National Park Visitor Center (

Earth Day- Prescott April 21st 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Stop by the Sierra Club table Downtown Prescott (


Don't Let the AZ Legislature Block Clean Energy

Ask your representatives to vote NO on HCR2017 (Now: renewable energy standards; corporation commission). This bill is a cynical attempt to confuse voters and stop clean energy from advancing. HCR2017 would refer to the ballot a measure with a name that is nearly identical to the citizen initiative to require 50% renewable energy by 2030, but unfortunately HCR2017 includes language that would allow the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to do nothing relative to advancing clean energy.

HCR2017 is a recipe to do nothing and that is the last thing that we need. Renewable energy is a key part of our states future. It can help to sustain our economy and protect our air and water, but the legislature and the utilities need to get out of the way for that to happen.

Please send a message to your representatives today.

Thank you!

For more information and to RSVP, contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or


Support Energy Efficiency, Our Cleanest Cheapest Energy Resource!

Each year, Arizona Public Service (APS) and Tucson Electric Power (TEP) file plans to implement energy efficiency (Demand Side Management or DSM) to indicate how they will meet the requirements of Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard. This year, both utilities have filed plans that are inadequate and that fail to take full advantage of our cheapest cleanest energy resource -- energy efficiency. The energy we save means less water use, less pollution, and more dollars in our pockets. It is outrageous that APS is cutting programs that save customers dollars at the same time it is raising rates.

Please ask the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to require APS and TEP to do more to promote energy efficiency in these plans!

You can sign the petition to the ACC here:

To learn more, contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or


Please Support Our Work!

Our work depends on the support of people like you. Watch for our March Appeal in your inbox or your mailbox. Please consider making a donation to further our efforts to protect Arizona's wild lands, wildlife, people, and places. Thank you so much!


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