In the Toolkit --

Introduction

  • Guide to the Toolkit
  • Leagues in Action
  • I. Choosing a Role for Your League

    II. Grassroots Action Priorities

  • Climate Action
  • Price on Carbon
  • Our Children's Trust
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Renewable Energy
  • Adapting to Climate Change
  • III. Basics of Climate Change

    IV. Engaging Individuals

  • Communicating About Climate Change
  • Preparing for a Meeting on Climate Change
  • Engaging Groups in Your Community
  • V. Promoting Public Policy

  • Community Action Models
  • Organizing For Community Action
  • Tips for Building Grassroots Support
  • League Action on Climate Change
  • International Action
  • VI. Resources

    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

    NEW. In August 2015, 21 young people brought suit against the federal government, arguing that it is violating their constitutional rights by promoting the development and use of fossil fuels, despite knowing for decades that fossil fuels are destroying the climate system. On June 28, 2017, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin set a trial date for February 5, 2018, before U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene OR. Then on July 25, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a temporary stay on the lawsuit's proceedings while it considers a petition from the Trump administration that it independently review the November 2016 decision by Judge Aiken allowing the climate lawsuit to go to trial.
    >> A timeline of events in the lawsuit is available here.

    MORE. In light of the federal government's retreat from the fight against climate change, several networks of government, business, and university leaders have formed to promote efforts to fulfill the U.S. pledge under the Paris Agreement. Learn about this determined commitment to Climate Action here.

    AND, On May 23, the Price on Carbon Steering Committee hosted its second webinar, An Economist's Perspective on Carbon Pricing, featuring internationally renowned economist, Dr. Adele Morris. A recording of the webinar is available here.

    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.

    Take part in global climate action demonstrations in your community. Upcoming global events: Earth Hour 2018, 8:30pm-9:30pm local time, Saturday, March 31, 2018, and Earth Day on April 22.

    Last updated: 8/2/2017