Statement on Apparent Passage of Denver Measure 2A: Climate Action Now

November 5, 2020
Denver, Colorado

"Denver voters, through approving Measure 2A, have made a precedent-setting leap forward in addressing, at scale, the effects of the climate crisis, cementing Denver as a national leader on this vitally important issue.  No other major American city has a voter-approved sales tax designed to help residents lower carbon pollution, improve air quality and prepare for and adapt to the very real impacts of a changing climate.

“Further, Measure 2A sets a new standard for ballot language designed to ensure the most vulnerable and underserved communities benefit from the programs and investments that will be funded by the passage of a new sales tax.  

“The Trust for Public Land is proud to have played a key role leading the Yes on 2A: Climate Action Now campaign.  We are grateful for the leadership of City Councilman Jolon Clark in championing 2A, and getting it referred to the ballot. A big thanks to the dedicated, hard-working and committed coalition of environmental, conservation, social justice and health organizations that came together to encourage Denver voters to put a stake in the ground demanding climate action.

“Through our Conservation Finance program and affiliated Trust for Public Land Action Fund, we actively helped design and sought voter support in the 2020 election for 26 park, open space, conservation and climate ballot measures across the country. Measure 2A in Denver was the organization’s top 2020 ballot measure priority. Here in Colorado, in addition to Measure 2A in Denver, we co-led the campaign to successfully pass Measure 1A in Adams County, a permanent renewal of an existing sales tax for open space, wildlife habitat protection, farmland conservation and parks and recreation and supported the passage of Measure 7A to conserve and protect water in Western Colorado.”

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