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

    Leagues Participate in 10/10/10 Campaign

    The following are examples of activities that Leagues are planning for the October 10, 2010, global day of climate action.

    1. Personal Pledge. (LWV Westchester County, NY)
    Project: Promote wide-spread distribution of a list of 10 Things To Do For The Environment. Posters (6 x 3) featuring the list are being made available to local Leagues in the county. The LWV New Castle, NY, for example, is using the poster and related educational materials at the local farmers market and the town's community day.

    Pledge version of the list of 10 Things
    On October 10, 2010, I will join citizens from around the world in doing 10 things to reduce my carbon footprint. I will:

    2. Water Conservation Awareness (LWV Arlington Area, TX)
    Project: Conduct "water taste tests" at events and locations around town and ask people to sign a pledge to avoid bottled water. On 10/10/10, sponsor a showing of the documentary "Tapped."

    3. Petition. (LWV Westchester County, NY)
    Project: Collect signatures on a petition to their U.S. Senators (dated 10/10/10) urging them to take the lead in the U.S. Senate in curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Local Leagues in the county are gathering signatures at local community events. The petition reads --

    As leaders in the Senate, you know that global climate change is one of the most serious threats to the environment, health and economy of our nation and our world. Now is the time to act against climate change and to put into place an effective energy policy for our country. We, the undersigned, call on you to work without delay for passage of comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation that will set a firm limit, or cap, on greenhouse gas emissions based on the best scientific information. We also support the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to regulate greenhouse gases as dangerous pollutants. At a time when our economy desperately needs jobs, strong climate protections will help rebuild our economy, secure our energy independence, and protect our national security.

    You have the privilege and the duty to protect the future of our children and the planet on which they will live. How can we risk their future?

    There is no excuse for inaction.

    4. Letter-writing Campaign. (LWV New Mexico)
    Project: Collect 350 letters urging gubernatorial candidates to support a petition to the NM Environmental Improvement Board calling for a cap on NM carbon emissions. Present the letters to the candidates at a media event on 10/10/10.

    5. Community Rallies and Events

    6. Film Screening.

    7. Outreach to Faith Communities. (LWV Highland Park, IL)
    Project: Send letters and make follow-up phone calls to area religious leaders encouraging them to make statements on 10/10/10 that call attention to what individuals can do to slow the pace of climate change.

    8. Tree planting.