In the Toolkit --

Introduction

I. Choosing a Role for Your League
Your League can play an important role in educating your community about global climate change and the need for strong action to reduce GHG emissions.

II. Grassroots Action Priorities
Learn about key issues where state and local League action can make a real difference right now. Priorities: Climate Change. Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Renewable Energy. Adapting to Climate Change.

III. Basics of Climate Change
Get up to speed on the basics of climate change with the clearly written and accessible resources in this section.

IV. Engaging Individuals
The decisions that people make every day have an impact on climate change. Help individuals and groups from school-age kids to congregations and business communities learn about actions they can take to reduce their carbon footprint.

V. Promoting Public Policy
Explore ideas and resources for working with your community to reduce its collective carbon footprint. Find examples of League climate action and learn about international efforts to address climate change.

VI. Resources
Explore this comprehensive set of resources for in-depth information about key climate-related topics, including climate science, energy, economics, ethics, health, and national security.

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. Two new Climate Reports underscore the need for immediate and decisive climate action. A special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- Global Warming of 1.5°C -- warns that every fraction of a degree of warming matters and lays out pathways to limiting warming to 1.5°C. The 4th National Climate Assessment details the impacts that climate change has already brought to every region in the US and describes the scenario at the end of the century if climate change is unchecked. 

MORE. LWVUS and LWV Oregon have filed an amicus brief (their third) in the Juliana et al v United States climate lawsuit brought in August 2015 by 21 young people, who argue that the federal government 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. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case the week of June 3-7, 2019, as it considers a petition from the Trump Admiinistration to dismiss the lawsuit.
>> 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 July 26, the Price on Carbon Steering Committee hosted its fifth webinar, Promoting Effective Action on Carbon Pricing. The webinar covered the information presented at a caucus at the 2018 LWVUS Convention, including an explanation of the need for a clarifying statement of the League's position on carbon pricing and tips on how to evaluate carbon pricing proposals. A recording of the webinar along with the slides and handouts prepared for the caucus are 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 2019, 8:30pm-9:30pm local time, Saturday, March 30, 2019, and Earth Day on April 22.

Last updated: 3/15/2019