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Opinion: Environmental stewardship is not a partisan issue

As a member of the American Conservation Coalition, I’m proud to be championing climate solutions

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Record low water levels are seen in the Great Salt Lake from Antelope Island.

Record low water levels are seen in the Great Salt Lake from Antelope Island on Friday, July 22, 2022.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

As a young conservative, I was always frustrated by the fact that issues of environmental stewardship were ceded to the loudest voices on the left. That is why I am proud to be a member of the American Conservation Coalition (ACC), a center-right organization dedicated to championing climate solutions with young people across the country. I am especially excited that the ACC will be holding its annual summit in Utah — an indication that our state’s efforts to foster a conservative approach to the environment are receiving national attention. 

The summit, which will be held June 15-17, will feature speakers from across the country dedicated to promoting policies that combat climate change while staying true to conservative values. I am particularly thrilled that Utah Congressman Blake Moore will be a featured speaker at the summit. 

For all Utahns — young and old — who believe that environmental stewardship is not a partisan issue, attendance at the ACC Summit will be a chance to connect with thoughtful leaders who prioritize thoughtful, policy-driven solutions to climate change. In an era where progressive soundbites have dominated the conversation, it will be a refreshing and inspiring weekend.

Kyle Friant

Salt Lake City