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Conservation Voters of Idaho: Getting Ready for Earth Day 2019!

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Friday, March 29, 2019

Earth Day is just around the corner and this year’s theme from the Earth Day Network is Protect
Our Species!

Cities play a critical role in protecting biodiversity and educating the public about the importance of species and biodiversity in regard to community health and well-being. Local governments have a wide array of options available to implement species and biodiversity protection plans. These include ordinances, citywide strategies, public outreach, and education campaigns. The Earth Day Network has put together an excellent set of resources designed to help local leaders engage and educate constituents and launch initiatives to protect biodiversity.

The Toolkit for Cities and Local Leaders contains ideas for actions, examples of successful  initiatives, media tools, and other resources to help municipalities participate. Since it’s inception, local governments have always been at the center of Earth Day activities and continue to play an essential role in engaging and educating the public. Earth Day offers an opportunity and a platform to bring your community together, amplify actions and initiatives that already focus on biodiversity, and launch new ones to help make your city more biodiversity-friendly.

Included are a series of example initiatives ranging from local government action to public engagement and education. There are tools to organize a roundtable discussion around The Global Day of Conversation, where you can bring together relevant influencers, experts, and stakeholders from all corners of your community. This is a great opportunity to review the status of conservation in your city, current infrastructure and resources in place for fostering biodiversity, as well as how the community can collectively reduce its impact on biodiversity.

For communities that want to take it to the next step, there is a sample proclamation recognizing the importance of protecting species and declaring April 22, 2019 as Earth Day. The Toolkit includes everything you need to implement a communications campaign to highlight your biodiversity plans - talking points, press releases, letter to the editor templates, and social media content. Communities can also Become an Earth Day 2019 Partner City by sharing the city’s plans to take action on Earth Day 2019. By signing up, you receive updates on the campaign and success stories from cities around the world.

For more information about Earth Day 2019 in your city or becoming a Partner City, please contact the Earth Day Network at cities@earthday.org.

About the Conservation Voters of Idaho

Conservation Voters for Idaho (CVI) is a statewide bipartisan organization whose mission is to create the political environment to protect the natural environment. We understand that our connection to our natural heritage is a huge part of being an Idahoan. Whether it be camping in the woods with your family, hunting or fishing with your friends, a great hike on the outskirts of town, or a walk through a neighborhood park, we do our best to help safeguard the air, water, and outdoor spaces that allow us to enjoy those things. CVI works to hold elected officials accountable for their votes and provide independent information to voters through multi-channeled engagement practices.

CVI cultivates and elects candidates to public office who will protect Idaho’s natural heritage because our economy, the health of our families, and our treasured way of life cannot be sustained without sound investments and smart policies. CVI also works to advocate for sound environmental policies and has a successful history of working with communities to support local policy solutions. We are always looking for space to share learnings on municipal issues as we continue to collaborate with cities across the state. Our issues range from open space, water, and wildlife to safer chemicals, transportation, and clean energy. We know every community is starting with a different set of challenges and opportunities and that solutions will be as diverse as those communities.

Please feel free to contact CVI if you have any questions on this year's Earth Day or would like  more information on the work CVI does with cities and communities in Idaho at info@cvidaho.org.

 

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