This op-ed was co-authored by Jon Goldin-Dubois, president of Western Resource Advocates, Kelly Nordini, executive director of Conservation Colorado, and Carlos E. Fernandez, Colorado state director for The Nature Conservancy. It originally appeared in the Colorado Sun on September 30, 2020.
The past several months have shaken our nation and state to the core. The combined crises of a global pandemic, economic recession, racist violence against people of color and climate change have exposed weaknesses and destructive inequities in our state’s economy, support systems and infrastructure.
As we seek to rebuild from these crises, Colorado and the nation have an unprecedented opportunity to innovate and “rebuild better” by investing in an economy that is healthier, more equitable, resilient, creates good jobs and builds a legacy of a brighter and healthier tomorrow for our children.
Unfortunately, if we do not address the climate crisis, we will continue to deepen the divides and weaknesses our society has seen during the pandemic.
Effective action to avoid worse climate impacts and protect our public health, land, air and water can — and must — reverse these inequities.