In the Toolkit --


  • 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


    Most of the energy consumed by modern industrial society today comes from the burning of fossil fuels -- coal, oil, and natural gas. This is the primary source of the heat-trapping emissions responsible for global climate change. To curb global warming and avoid the most dangerous consequences of climate change, we must shift away from fossil fuels and transition to clean sources of energy.

    One or more renewable energy resources -- wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower  -- are readily available in all parts of the country and have the potential to meet a significant portion of our energy needs. Greater use of clean energy technologies, together with conservation measures and improvements in energy efficiency, will dramatically reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

    A useful tool for understanding the economic impact of the clean energy sector. The League of Women Voters is partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund and others to promote an important resource, the U.S. Clean Energy Progress Map, which shows the economic impact of clean energy growth across the country. The map is a nonpartisan public resource that captures investments and jobs in the U.S. wind, solar, and energy efficiency industries. It presents users with data from established industry sources and examines the economic contribution of clean energy from the national level down to state voting districts.  Equipped with these data, citizens, advocates, and policy makers can understand the impact of investments in energy projects on local, state, and national economies and make informed decisions about energy policies.

    The focus of the following pages is on expanding the use of renewable energy to generate electricity.

    Last updated: 3/28/2020