Campaign Updates ... Activity Briefing
July 27, 2015
After a busy fall helping the valiant but unsuccessful effort to win Coloradans the 'Right to Know' (Yes on 105!), the New Year saw our attention focused on the Greater sage grouse and on oil and gas issues percolating in the North Fork.
Our time was spent making plans and developing curriculum for the Advocacy Campaign workshops. In April we field tested the series with a by donation presentation of the Art of Advocacy at The Learning Council.
The first weekend of May brought the first ever Western Colorado Climate Challenge and Solar Fair to Paonia, Colorado for a full weekend of fun, inspiration, information and a one-of-a-kind rapid prototytping exercise that brought tangible solutions for taking what we learned forward into real world action.
The last week of May brought another first ever event: a 'Savor the Quality of Colorado' gourmet gathering at The Kitchen-Denver. We joined with the Colorado Farm and Food Alliance and partners including Slow Food Western Slope, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and the Valley Organic Growers Association to bring a sampling of top quality Colorado-sourced food and drink with a message: If you care about food you need to care about how oil and gas is getting developed in Colorado.
The first week of June, Mountain West Strategies joined with North Fork community leaders and the Citizens for a Healthy Community on a last minute trip to Washington DC, to meet with top decision-makers, lawmakers, and legislative staff to discuss the proposed oil and gas lease exchange being pushed by driller SG Interests, as well as other issues impacting western Colorado.
July began with the Delta County Commission supporting the partial mineral withdrawal to protect important public lands from oil and gas development along with the exchange proposal, in response to the hard work of community stakeholders.
We helped organize the 2nd Annual Drink & Act Locally at Delicious Orchards (for Citizens for a Healthy Community), and we helped orient a team of CU-Boulder INVST Studies students on conservation and energy issues facing western Colorado by guiding an EcoFlight over the area and debriefing with the students during the week.