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The new year is here, and it’s time to resolve to clean things up a bit. You can start by cleaning up your apathy by joining Peaceful Uprising’s volunteer night to learn about the machines to rage against in 2014. Later, hit the Salt Lake City Council, where a hearing will be held on horse-drawn carriages in the city. The Division of Air Quality will also meet and discuss its plan for getting air pollution cleaned up to federal standards by 2019.

Peaceful Uprising’s First All-Volunteer Night
Monday, Jan. 6

Peaceful Uprising is gearing up to deliver some climate justice in 2014, and they need your help to do it. All are welcome at this meeting, where you’ll learn about how to get involved, whether that’s by raising awareness of controversial tar-sands mining or helping with PeaceUp’s Climate Justice Bold School.
The Mexican Federation, 344 S. Goshen St., 801-747-9871, Jan. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m., PeacefulUprising.org

Salt Lake City Council
Tuesday, Jan. 7

In August, the collapse and tragic death of carriage horse Jerry resulted in the Salt Lake City Council deciding to re-evaluate the regulation of horse-drawn carriages in the city. At this hearing, the public are invited to sound off on ordinance updates that would restrict the weather conditions horses can operate in and the amount of hours they would be required to work, among other changes.
Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State, 801-535-7600, Jan. 7, 7 p.m., SLCGov.com

Utah Division of Air Quality
Wednesday, Jan. 8

The DAQ is expected to discuss elements of the state implementation plan, which aims to take a bite out of the nasty, dreadful and harmful PM 2.5 pollutants in the state by 2019. Even still, the plan is expected to allow a 12 percent increase in PM 2.5 during that time period, and many clean-air advocates say it doesn’t go far enough to rein in industrial polluters (see p. 12 for more). Speak up now or get choked out by inversion later.
Division of Environmental Quality, 195 N. 1950 West, 801-536-4022, Jan. 8, 1:30 p.m., AirQuality.Utah.Gov

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