Target: Arizona State Legislature
Goal: Protect the environment and preserve green and sustainable energy programs in Arizona
All energy and environmental programs administered by state or local governments in Arizona are under threat. A recently proposed bill would bar state and local governments from implementing or receiving funds to implement any of the principles of the United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. The purpose of the Rio Declaration is to guide sustainable development around the world. It contains twenty seven principles relating to sustainable development, environmental protection, and human rights. The document was adopted by 178 nations including the United States under George W. Bush in 1992. Many of the principles in the Rio Declaration are broad thus any attempt to prohibit implementation of the Rio Declaration would have far reaching effects.
The environment, the economy, and the people of Arizona will suffer if the bill prohibiting implementation of the Rio Declaration is passed. There are many rules in place regulating air pollution, water pollution, and waste to protect the environment. These rules may be prohibited if the bill is passed which would result in environmental devastation in Arizona. Arizona is a leader in solar energy and there are many solar utility projects under way in the state. These projects and the jobs associated with them would be threatened if Arizona was barred from funding green energy projects. The economy would suffer as a result of job losses from the sustainable energy sector. There are many programs in the state that would disappear as a result of the bill. One important program helps low income individuals lower their energy costs by making their homes more energy efficient. Arizona also offers tax credits to corporations and individuals who invest in renewable energy. All of the environmental protection rules, environmental programs, and green energy programs will no longer exist in Arizona if the bill passes.
By signing the petition below you will help urge the Arizona State Legislature to protect Arizona’s environment, economy, and people by preserving green energy programs and environmental regulations.
Dear Arizona State Legislature,
The future of Arizona’s environment and economy are under threat by a recently proposed bill. Senate Bill 1507 would prohibit state or local governments from implementing or funding any of the principles embodied in the United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. The purpose of the Rio Declaration was to guide sustainable development around the world. The Rio Declaration contains twenty seven principles that relate to the environment, sustainable development, and human rights. Therefore the bill would prohibit a broad array of government programs and regulations that relate to the environment.
Programs and regulations that are critical to the environment and the economy would be eliminated. Environmental regulations that address air and water pollution would be discontinued. Solar energy projects that are currently underway would not be able to be completed costing thousands of people their jobs. The Arizona State University School of Sustainability would cease to exist. Weatherization programs that help low income people save on energy costs by making their homes more energy efficient would be terminated. These are only a few examples of the wide reaching negative effects the bill would have for the people of Arizona, the environment and the economy.
I urge you to protect the environment and the economy by voting against Senate Bill 1507.
[Your Name Here]