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Our Greenville and Spartanburg offices have closed while Upstate Forever staff work from home to help protect the health of each other, our families, and our communities. But while we are not together in the office, we remain together in our continued efforts to protect our region's critical lands, waters, and unique character.
April 26th, 2020
By Shelley Robbins
This screenshot from the Statehouse website says it all. Crickets. We are entering Week 16 of the 18 week normal legislative session, and if you recall last year, there would have been a mad dash for final committee meetings and floor votes before sine die on May 18. Instead, we are still waiting to hear whether either chamber will return to take up a Sine Die Resolution and a Continuing Resolution or whether they will adjourn without those resolutions. If they adjourn without them, the Governor will call them back in June, but at that point, the Legislature will have abdicated their authority to control the agenda. There is understandable tension, and we must continue to wait to learn the outcome.
While the Legislature must meet in person to vote, they do not have to meet in the Statehouse chambers. They could reconvene in a larger space, allowing for physical distancing, but the challenge with this is providing complete public transparency via livestream. If this happens, we will let you know.
While we dream of a return to normal days, Upstate Forever's Clean Water Advocate Megan Chase recently sent out her Water Log e-mail and reminded us how fortunate we are to currently have clean, abundant water during the COVID-19 crisis. But how much do we actually know about the value of our water? You can take our survey here to test yourself and also register to win prizes, including our gorgeous swag (see below).
If you would like to sign up for the Water Log, you can do so here.
As a supplement to the webinar series Conversations with Conservationists, the Conservation Coalition has launched a new podcast series called Public Concern. They come out every Friday afternoon and have some of the best titles to go with the excellent content. Learn more here
April 29 at 12pm: Advocacy 101 | Register here
“Advocacy 101" is designed to give you the foundational skills needed to stand up for the conservation issues you care about — both in our local communities and with our elected leaders — and make sure that your voice is heard, even from home.
A tentative schedule of upcoming webinars follows. The dates may be tweaked slightly and we may add some based on your input, but for now, here's the plan:
You can find links for recordings of the previous webinars here.
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This would have been Week 15 out of 18, but that is all out the window. I will continue to send out weekly updates about Statehouse and Conservation Coalition activity. Until next week!
Energy and State Policy Director