Wyoming fails to pass EV ban, plus the Climate Champions project–helping us help you reforest the planet, and “A Quest for Meaning” solarpunk climate documentary!
Wyoming Fails to Pass EV Ban Climate Champions–Helping Us Help You Reforest the Planet “A Quest for Meaning”
WYOMING FAILS TO PASS BAN ON ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Last week, a group of Wyoming Republican state senators actually introduced a resolution to ban the sale of electric vehicles in the Cowboy State by 2035. The resolution was co-sponsored by state senator Brian Boner. Yup. State senator Brian Boner. Yah can’t make this stuff up. Senate Joint Resolution 4 opens like this: WHEREAS, oil and gas production has long been one of Wyoming’s proud and valued industries; and WHEREAS, the oil and gas industry in Wyoming has created countless jobs and has contributed revenues to the state of Wyoming throughout the state’s history; and WHEREAS, Wyoming’s vast stretches of highway, coupled with a lack of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, make the widespread use of electric vehicles impracticable for the state…
And continues to devolve from there, at one point calling the move to EVs “the misadventure of electric vehicles.” (SJ4) doesn’t actually come with any enforcement powers – it simply “encourages and expresses as a goal” the elimination of new EV sales. And it failed. It failed enlighten anybody, it failed to amuse Democratic state representatives and the Wyoming Outdoor Council (as you might expect). But it also failed to humor the Wyoming Dealership Association, who opposed the bill, and so it failed to make it out of committee. Marsha Allen, executive vice president of the Wyoming Dealership Association said she also doesn’t support state and federal mandates that “trickle down to policy in Wyoming,” but it’s too late to rebottle the genie: dealerships are already investing cash in EV equipment needed to keep their showrooms open.
Besides the Biden Administration’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program is set to give Wyoming almost $24 million over the next five years to build EV charging stations across the state. Why does this matter to us? Because it’s proof that sometimes bipartisan sincerity beats political chicanery.
CLIMATE CHAMPIONS–HELPING US HELP YOU REFOREST THE PLANET
Hey, everybody! Jeffrey and I are super excited about this—in honor of our second anniversary of podcasting The Climate Daily, and from input from some of our faithful listeners who kept asking us, “What else can we do to take positive action to combat climate change, aside from listening to The Climate Daily?”, we are launching The Climate Champions project!
What’s a climate champion, you ask? A climate champion proves that a small group of people can make a massive impact on the planet in a short amount of time. How? Our company, The Climate, is partnering with over 30 international tree-planting organizations–ALONG WITH our climate champions– to re-plant, and regrow forests all over the world, by planting ten thousand trees at a time.
Why? Because science says the best way to combat climate change is to restore nature. And the fastest way to restore nature is to plant and grow a trillion trees, and the fastest way to plant and grow a trillion trees is to replant and regrow forests. The fastest way to do that is to plant ten thousand trees at a time, And the fastest and most fun way to plant ten thousand trees at a time is to fundraise with friends, climate champions. When just 33 people commit to just $3/ day for four months, we can plant and grow 10K trees…a 20-acre forest! Which our tree planting partners will do. They’re the tree-planting professionals.
Surf on over to theclimate.org/change hyphen champions. Click on the donate button and join our team of climate champions today.
$3/day? That’s less than the price of coffee, or a slice of pizza or to pay for parking to grab that coffee or that pizza. And when you do it, you’ll get a social media shout out, a receipt for your taxes, and your whole family will be proud of you. Again, Surf on over to theclimate.org/change-champions. Click on the donate button and join our team of climate champions today. And if you want to start your own team of climate champions, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Well help you put together your own small group of change champions to make a massive impact on the planet in a short amount of time, planting 10 thousand trees–a 20-acre forest!
Wouldn’t it be great to be the change you want to see in the world? Go to theclimate.org/change-champions and become part of something special. Become a climate champion. Thank you!!
DEEPER DIVE: Climate Champions
A QUEST FOR MEANING, SOLARPUNK DOCUMENTARY
A QUEST FOR MEANING, directed by Nathanael Coste, Marc de la Menardiere, tells the story of Marc and Nathanael, two childhood friends who take an impromptu road trip attempting to uncover the causes of our current global crisis and to discover a way to bring about change.
The two friends invite us to share their quest as they meet with activists, biologists, philosophers, and custodians of ancient traditions. Equipped with nothing more than a tiny camera and a microphone they document some of the solutions that are laying the foundations for a sustainable world. This life-changing journey restores confidence in our ability to bring about change both within ourselves and in society.
Among the people they talk to are Vandana Shiva, Trinh Xuan Thuan, Satish Kumar, Pierre Rabhi, Herve Kempf, Bruce Lipton and Cassandra Vieten. Why does A Quest for Meaning matter to us? The quest itself. It’s about finding solutions, and people taking action to create a future worth fighting for. IOW, it’s solarpunk!
According to A Quest for Meaning’s website, If you share A Quest for Meaning’s vision and would like to help spread its message and have fun doing it, join its community of ambassadors and organize an AQFM event! Whether you prefer to organize a simple film screening or a unique event around local organizations, you can count on the support of their local partners and facilitators. Check out the link in the deeper dive section of this story at theclimate.org/episodes to find out how to bring a screening to a theater near you