Our world, country, state, and communities continue to grapple with a flurry of historical events all while tending to upended daily life. The members and staff of Idaho Organization of Resource Councils (IORC) are no exception. Yet despite turmoil and uncertainty, the IORC network remains resilient and works to uplift the efforts of our communities. We would like to highlight some of the incredible things IORC members and chapters have already taken on in 2021.
IORC held a legislative training for our members and supporters on January 20. The evening session discussed tips for navigating the Idaho Legislature website, how to craft an effective message for testifying before a committee or lobbying a lawmaker, the issues IORC is monitoring and why, as well as the plethora of resources available to help guide grassroots action-takers. You can find more information and a recording of the training here on our website.
We are proud to announce that four members of the IORC and Visión 2C Resource Council family have been accepted into the HEAL Food Alliance School of Political Leadership 2021 cohort. Sidney, Samantha, Benjamin, and Marielena form a team who were selected for their demonstrated commitment to racial, economic, and environmental justice and the strength of their campaign ideas, which center the knowledge, wisdom, and leadership of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who have been on the frontlines of the fight for food sovereignty, climate justice, worker justice, and environmental justice for decades. You can learn more about the HEAL Food Alliance here.
The Agriculture & Food Team, Visión 2C Resource Council, and Grassroots Action Team have been deeply involved in the year-long process of updating the rules governing pesticide use and application in the State of Idaho. The process began during the 2020 Legislative Session and continued into the summer with a negotiated rulemaking process led by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. The finalized rules are now back at the State Legislature for final approval. They have cleared the Agriculture Committees in both the Senate and House and will now be included in the continuing resolution at the end of the legislative session. Track this and more on our 2021 Legislative Session page here.
Portneuf Resource Council is back on the air in Pocatello with Sustainable Idaho. This weekly radio show is a partnership between PRC and the Sustainability Club at Idaho State University. The shows cover important topics such as clean water access, the impact of net-metering policies for solar energy, the future for salmon in Idaho, and so much more. You don’t have to live in Pocatello to listen in either! You can find the full slate of episodes here through KISU.