NEWS: Students get Utah lawmakers to acknowledge climate change and need for action

Leia Larsen
May 17, 2018

With a little tenacity and a lot of lobbying, a group of Utah teens got lawmakers to acknowledge climate change and the role of human fossil fuel consumption. Environmental advocates are calling it a first for a conservative-leaning state.

The legislation, House Concurrent Resolution 7, titled “Concurrent Resolution on Environmental and Economic Stewardship,” calls for using sound science when it comes to the environment. It recognizes the consequences of climate change for Utah citizens and encourages innovation to reduce emissions while also growing the state’s economy. And it reached Gov. Gary Herbert’s desk because of the efforts of hundreds of high school students.

Seven of those students met with the governor for a closed ceremonial signing Wednesday (although he officially signed the bill back in March) to celebrate the milestone.

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