Alpine sunflowers grow in late spring in the Vasquez wilderness near Berthod Pass.
Alpine sunflowers. Alpine sunflowers grow in late spring in the Vasquez wilderness near Berthod Pass. © Lauryn Wachs/TNC


Statement Concerning Colorado's Legislative Proposal (HB19-1261) to Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Denver, CO

The Nature Conservancy believes that climate change is the greatest environmental challenge we face today and the impacts are already being felt in Colorado and around the world.  The future of our communities, our economy and the natural resources on which all life depends requires us to limit greenhouse gas emissions and enact policies that will combat climate change, protect our clean air and water, and help our communities to thrive.

We applaud the introduction of HB19-1261 as an important step in establishing science-based goals for limiting greenhouse gas emissions and establishing a public process to determine how to best meet those goals while maintaining a healthy economy and the well-being of communities.

“As Coloradans, we must all recognize the urgency to address climate change and the serious impacts that it is having on our state, including more wildfires, less snowpack and rising temperatures,” said Carlos Fernandez, State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado. “We must come together and work across political, social and economic divides to find solutions that work for our state.”

“We are a science-based organization and are pleased that HB19-1261 establishes goals that are rooted in science and will drive the development of aggressive actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Given the magnitude of the problem, we know that it will require the deployment of a range of actions including market-based programs, regulation, incentives and voluntary actions,” Fernandez said.

“The bill directs the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission to work with stakeholders to find solutions. The Nature Conservancy is well-positioned to add value to this process,” Fernandez adds.

The Conservancy has a 68-year history rooted in science and collaborative problem solving. Recently, the Colorado chapter has held several roundtable discussions on climate change in Colorado, bringing together leaders from different sectors, including business, health, agriculture and the outdoor recreation industry.

“We look forward to engaging in robust discussions with all stakeholders to find collaborative, innovative and effective solutions for Colorado as we transition to a low-carbon economy,” said Fernandez.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.