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.

Climate change is here and already changing our world. Bold climate action is needed now!

The evidence of climate change is all around us. More frequent and intense storms. Deadly heat waves and massive wild fires. Melting glaciers, rising sea levels and coastal flooding. These rapid and devastating changes highlight the urgent need for action — by all of us — as individuals and collectively — in our communities, at the state and federal levels, and internationally.

The League, with its nonpartisan, reasoned voice, has an opportunity and a particularly critical role to play in building consensus and advancing effective solutions to the climate crisis. It's clear that we are facing a climate emergency, but there is still time to act. This toolkit provides action plans and resources that Leagues and League members can use to

NEW. At the 2020 LWVUS Convention, Climate Change was declared to be an urgent issue for action across the League. To advance this work, the LWV U.S. Climate Team has formed. League members from across the country are sharing informaton and strategies and forming nationwide teams on climate topics of mutual interest. All League members are welcome! To learn more, please visit the LWV U.S. Climate Team website.

MOREOn February 10, 2021, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals voted NOT to review a January 2020 decision by a three-judge panel granting the Trump Adminsitration's petition to dismiss the landmark climate lawsuit, Juliana et al v United States, 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. Our Children's Trust is evaluating next steps, and the League is prepared to continue its support of the youth plaintiffs. 
>> A timeline of events in the lawsuit is available here.

MORE. Learn about major climate action initiatives underway at the state and local levels here.

AND, The LWVUS Board has approved a position statement on climate change, to be included in an updated edition of Impact on Issues, due to be published this spring. The position statement as well as climate-related resolutions approved at recent LWVUS Conventions 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 climate action events in your community. Upcoming global events: Earth Hour 2021, 8:30pm-9:30pm local time, Saturday, March 27, 2021; and Earth Day on April 22. The theme of Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth and builds on the idea that natural systems processes and emerging green technologies can help restore the world's ecosystems and forests, conserve and rebuild soils, improve farming practices, restore wildlife populations, and rid the world's oceans of plastics.

Last updated: 2/14/2021