The changing climate is threatening human health and causing environmental damages.
Global climate change is one of the most serious threats facing our nation and our planet today. Increasingly severe consequences are projected for more people and more regions of the world unless we act now -- as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. For its part, the League is calling for prompt action to cut this country's GHG emissions, invest in a clean energy economy, and help the world's poorest countries tackle the challenges of climate change.
State and local Leagues, and individual League members, have a critical role to play in helping to limit future climate change and protect the planet. This toolkit provides action plans and resources that Leagues and League members can use to
- help people in their community learn what they can do at the individual and household levels to save energy and reduce their carbon footprint,
- work with their community to set emissions-reduction goals and then develop and implement a plan to achieve those goals, and
- build grassroots support for strong action on climate change at the state and federal levels, including support for ratification of, and compliance with, the Paris Agreement reached in December 2015.
NEW. On November 10, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken ruled in favor of the 21 youth plaintiffs in their landmark climate lawsuit against the federal government for violating their constitutional rights by promoting the development and use of fossil fuels. Judge Aiken denied motions by the federal government and the fossil fuel industry to dismiss the lawsuit, determining that the case can move to trial. The judge's order also grants the motion of the LWVUS and LWVOR to intervene as amici curiae in the case.
Learn about the status of litigation challenging implementation of the Clean Power Plan, EPA's new set of rules that establishes limits on GHG emissions from power plants. And visit the LWVUS-endorsed Price On Carbon website to learn how we can use the market to fight climate change.
Using the toolkit
There are numerous ways in which to take part in protecting the planet. Start by reviewing this mini-guide to the many resources in the toolkit. And as you get involved, please share your comments about the toolkit and your experiences working on climate change.
Taking part in LWVUS and global action initiatives
Keep up-to-date with LWVUS work on Global Climate Change. Make sure you and your members receive LWVUS Action Alerts.
Last updated: 11/12//2016