Earth Day activists call for a cleaner future

Posted at 7:51 PM, Apr 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-22 21:17:21-04

SALT LAKE CITY – A group of Utahns chose Earth Day as the time to make their voices for a cleaner environment heard, and they gathered in front of the Governor’s Mansion to hold the rally.

Those who attended the demonstration had a variety of proposals. Some spoke in favor of adding more mass transit rather than more freeways. Others protested energy sources like oil shale or tar sands and encouraged clean energy initiatives.

Doctor Brian Moench, President of Utah Physicians for Healthy Environment, said Earth Day was a perfect time to gather.

"Well, today is perhaps the best day to focus on the issues that we think are seriously effecting the public health of the citizens of Utah,” he said. “We think there are some real public policies changes that we need to achieve: clean air, clean energy and a clean future."

Those who attended the rally were given two blue ribbons. They were encouraged to write an Earth Day message on one and tie it to a fence near where they gathered. They were given the second to take home so they could attach it to something near their home.