Environmental Ministry Highlights

01 August 2017

Environmental Ministry thought you would want to know about the following recent publications and upcoming events/hearings/actions: 

The Uninhabitable Earth - Annotated Edition. [David Wallace-Wells]  July 14, 2017 NY Magazine  []   

This is one of the most widely read articles ever written on the climate crisis, and one that has stirred conversation and debate across the US.   There have been dozens of responses to the article, many from leading climate scientists and bloggers.  One from Dave Roberts (Vox) is: click here .  Check out the Wikipedia page that is tracking the discussion .   Plan to take part in an Environmental Ministry/Association for the Tree of Life series of discussions focused on this and related material this fall.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power [Al Gore, 2017] 

 Century 16 Cinema, 125 E 3300 S, Salt Lake City (August 3rd, 7:00pm and 9:40pm; August 4th, 7:20pm; August 5th, 7:20pm; August 6th, 7:20pm)

According to the Internet Movie Database“A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.”     Some reviewers praise  An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power saying “it takes viewers to climate change’s front lines” . Others say “it is a strange artifact of a post-truth year” pointing out that “its first press screening was on was on January 19, the evening before Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.” .   Read the New York Magazine  article linked above, check out An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, and then stop by the Environmental Ministry table to share your thoughts!

Rooftop Solar Public Hearing

Weds, Aug 9th, 2:00-6:30 pm Heber M. Wells Building 160 East 300 South Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Fourth Floor Facebook

* Note time change – previous announcements indicated an earlier start time.  Also note that As long as you arrive at the hearing room by 6:30 pm that day, you will be guaranteed a spot to speak. 

The biggest chance yet for the public to participate in the rooftop solar fight is coming up on August 9th.  Rocky Mountain Power is trying to raise rates on new rooftop solar customers. Read more about it in this Salt Lake Tribune article .

Over the last few months you have had a chance to submit written comments through HEAL’s action alert (you still can!) And guess what? Thousands of comments have been submitted!!   However, nothing makes as big of a difference as in-person public testimony. Between the hours of 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm on Wed. August 9, the public will have the opportunity to speak directly to the Public Service Commission (the state body which will make the final decision on the utility’s application).   Face-to-face you can tell the Commission how important rooftop solar is to you.   More information:  http://www.healutah.org


Last Chance Tour & Rocking Chair Blockade

10AM Mon, Sept 25 – 1PM Tues, Sept 26, 2017; Salt Lake City to Vernal to PR Springs  Facebook 

 Hosted by Elders Rising for Intergenerational Justice 

Elders Rising invites you to join us for a tour of PR Springs and a Rocking Chair Blockade at the tar sands mine. For the last five years a dedicated set of groups led by Utah Tar Sands Resistance has maintained a vigil at the site of a tar sands mining operation in the Book Cliffs. The mine owner, United States Oil Sands, (USOS), a Canadian company, has destroyed acres of habitat and risked pollution of water and air. The State built a $3M road to facilitate the extraction. Other groups that have supported the vigil include Canyon Country Rising Tide, Seeds of Peace, Wasatch Rising Tide, Environmental Ministry, and Peaceful Uprising. The vigil has included family campouts, action camps, and documentation of the destruction.

We plan to depart SLC around 10AM on Monday, September 25, and arrive in Vernal by around 4PM. Depending on our numbers, we will travel together in a bus, van, or private cars. We will stay in a hotel and in the morning we will proceed to the mine site near PR Spring. We will tour the area and plan to leave for SLC at around 1PM.

Besides our commitment to work for climate justice, Elders Rising is a fun-loving and easy-going group. We welcome all who are interested in seeing the area. The cost could be around $100 per person including room and transportation. We have a few folding rocking chairs and a plan that will keep us safe and comfortable. 

This trip involves LOTS of PLANNING--we need to know as soon as possible if you are planning to join us or have any questions. PUT THIS ON YOUR CALENDAR TODAY AND RSVP to or to Kathy Albury at .