The many harmful effects of the climate crisis are mostly caused by greenhouse gases (GHG) released from burning fossil fuels. The solution depends on how fast and effectively we can switch from fossil fuels to Clean Safe Renewable (CSR) sources of energy.

We urge you to contact and lobby your Utah representatives for a carbon fee and dividend, and to go solar for your home and vehicle. Check out our Solar Referral Program.

There is no greater environmental challenge facing Utah Valley, Utah and the planet than climate change. Here in Utah Valley the crisis manifests as increasing drought, the destruction and smoke from wildfires and increasingly warm temperatures.

We urge you to read and implement our Action Guide for an Ailing Planet. Take action and get involved! The future of the planet is at stake!

Facing the worsening Climate Crisis, the UVEF prepared an Action Guide for an Ailing Planet. In it we offer a host of actions to combat the crisis and help move Utah and the planet in a more healthy, sustainable direction before it’s too late.

We strongly urge you to read, implement and share the recommendations in the Action Guide. Take action and get involved! Download and view the guide at

Air Quality

Water Use & Conservation

Land Use & Conservation

Air quality will improve when more effective action is taken by state and federal regulators to compel citizens, industry and government to greatly curtail their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and their use of many other volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Switching to clean safe renewable (CSR) energy sources is the main key.

Lobby your Utah representatives for a carbon fee and dividend, and go solar for your home and vehicle. Check out our Solar Referral Program.

Utah and the West are experiencing severe drought. We are seeing our water supply diminish, even as our population and the demand for water increase. Farmers consume about 80% of Utah’s water yet too often rely on old, wasteful methods of irrigating. Homeowners often waste water sprinkling their grass lawns.

Urge your representatives and water authorities to prioritize water efficiency and conservation, plus fully meter and raise the price of water. Urge your community to prioritize xeriscaping and discourage thirsty grass lawns.

As our urban population swells pressure is put on farmland, open spaces and natural areas to be developed for housing, commercial buildings and roads. The result is low density urban sprawl and loss of farmland and natural areas. If you own rural property, please consider a conservation easement to protect your land from development.

Urge constructive action by your governmental representatives to protect un-developed areas. And to curtail population, if you parent, consider limiting your family size.

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Private developers are misinforming the public about the health of Utah Lake. They say they will attempt to "restore” the lake in exchange for receiving title to private islands they would build in the middle of the lake. They hope to sell homes and buildings on these islands and to house up to 500,000 people!! BYU and UVU scientists say their “restoration” is impossible and would greatly harm the lake and its ecosystem.

You can sign the petition to stop this harmful privatization of our natural public treasure and instead urge Utah government to provide for the helpful, not harmful, restoration of the lake.

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A growing population magnifies all environmental problems. There are way too many of us now on the planet (about 8 billion) to tolerate harmful environmental behaviors that damage both us and the entire planet. A decrease in population and consumption would reduce environmental stress at all levels.

Please think twice about parenting. If you choose to parent, teach children to be responsible stewards of the earth and its precious, limited resources.

Urge your Utah representatives to greatly limit urban sprawl.

Email, call, text, visit your Utah State Representative and Senator. Let them know what you think about protecting environment and bettering our health in Utah Valley and beyond. And do the same with our Utah federal representatives. Join and support Utah’s environmental organizations.

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We all know,“there is strength in numbers.” Working together we can accomplish much more than if we are just a voice in the wilderness. There are many environmental organizations in Utah and nationally that you can join and or support financially. A list of many Utah and national organizations is in our Action Guide. Check it out. The future of the planet is at stake!

The UVEF is a small all-volunteer organization, but we have a reach and impact far beyond our size. View our accomplishments  >

If you’d like to help us help the environment in Utah Valley, Utah and beyond, please let us know with an email to Many thanks. We need your help.


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