Environmental Day at the Arizona State Capitol: Rally for State Parks on Feb 1

Update: Here’s a quick review of what happened and a pdf fact sheet about the state park cuts.

There’s a very important event happening tomorrow: the annual Environmental Day at the Legislature. This is a great opportunity for citizens to show support for smart conservation policy through direct citizen lobbying. This year, the event will highlight the grave budget cuts to our already decimated state parks system.

Here’s the original Sierra Club announcement:

Save Arizona! Save our Future!
Rally for Parks and Conservation
Environmental Day at the Capitol

Monday, February 1, 2010
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Arizona House of Representatives lawn
1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix

What you’ve heard is true: the legislature is devastating parks funding, forcing more closures. We need to speak up for Parks! Join us on Monday, February 1, 2010 for Environmental Day at the Arizona State Capitol, located at 1700 W. Washington in Phoenix. . We will have a brief program on the House Lawn. Speakers will focus on the devastation to parks and environmental programs from the last legislative session and let us know how we can turn the tide. Please bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy while listening to the speakers. We will provide tables and chairs, drinks, and cookies for dessert. We will try to time it so we can go inside and be introduced from the floor as a group. Let’s try to make a strong showing.

We also encourage everyone to attend committee hearings and meet with individual legislators. Hearings for the House and Senate Natural Resource committees meet that afternoon. The best time to meet with legislators is prior to 11am or after 1pm. We can help you set up appointments, give you information on how to set them up, provide background information, and also team you up with someone, if that is your preference. It is important that they hear from you. No experience is needed – just enthusiasm and a willingness to speak up. For more information or to r.s.v.p. contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org Please let us know if you plan to attend, so we can be sure and have enough packets, snacks, and drinks.

If you want to stay abreast of what’s happening at the Arizona Legislature, I highly recommend the Sierra Club’s Arizona Bill Tracker.

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