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Letter to the Editor: Celebrating World Environment Day

By Crisanta Duran

Dear Editor:

You can’t grow up in Colorado and not admire its natural beauty. Our state boasts four national parks, 42 state parks, 11 national forests, two national grasslands and eight national wildlife refuges. The Rocky Mountains are perhaps one of America’s greatest natural wonders. And with more than 150 named rivers, Colorado is also known for having “300 days of sunshine.”

I’m a 6th generation Coloradoan so I know how important our public lands, clean air and water is to our state and this is why I have fought to protect them for future generations to come.

As a legislator, I know that clean jobs and renewable energy will be the foundation of our future success. I’ve championed legislation to give consumers a tax credit for purchasing “green” cars and passed a bill that increased Colorado’s renewable energy standard. As we think about what we want Colorado to look like in the future, I envision sustainable communities, and supporting technological advances like electric cars is a way to move closer to that goal.

This World Environment Day, I am celebrating Colorado women who have the power and vision to seek innovation and make forward-thinking policy decisions to tackle climate change. We made history when the Colorado House Democrats elected women to the top two posts on our leadership team. Never before had women served as Speaker of the House and Majority Leader in our state’s history. Now Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst and I work as a team to lead our caucus, and have stood firm behind our priority to protect Colorado’s natural resources.

The House in Colorado is a national leader in female representation and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we continue to pass innovative legislation that supports renewable energy and defeat legislation that threatens our ability to protect clean air and water.

As a lifelong Coloradoan, I owe it to future generations to make sure they, too, can enjoy the majestic Rocky Mountains National Park, the deep canyons carved by the Colorado river and all of the other natural wonders that make our state a great place to live, raise a family and plan for the future.

Crisanta Duran
Majority Leader of the Colorado House of Representatives





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