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Climate Change

LWV supports prompt action from all levels of government to stop global climate change and protect communities

Climate change
is one of the most serious threats facing our nation and our planet today.
    LWV is calling for prompt action to cut this country's greenhouse gas emissions, invest in a clean energy economy, and help the world's poorest countries tackle the challenges of climate change.
    Nationally, LWV is working to
   • help people in our community learn what we can do at the individual and household levels to save energy and reduce our carbon footprint,
   • help set emissions-reduction goals in the community and then develop and implement a plan to achieve those goals, and
   • build grassroots support for strong action on climate change at the state and federal levels, including support for U.S. compliance with the Paris Agreement reached in December 2015.

Our LWVUS Position on Climate Change

Beginning in the 1960s LWV members studied, reached consensus positions and took action on many Natural Resources issues related to climate change, including environmental protection, pollution control, and air quality.
    But those positions, pre-dating the public's general awareness of climate change, do not mention it explicitly
   In January 2019, our LWVUS board crafted position language to summarize League's longstanding commitment to climate action:
   The League supports climate goals and policies that are consistent with the best available climate science and that will ensure a stable climate system for future generations. Individuals, communities, and governments must continue to address this issue, while considering the ramifications of their decisions, at all levels — local, state, regional, national, and global.

Local Action

As LWVBC members work through our LWV Colorado Legislative Action Committee to advocate for climate action, sustainability, and environmental health-related policies. The LWV Colorado Legislative Wrap-Up describes our advocacy activities in 2020. (Scroll down to Natural Resources.)

Through LWVUS we support the Green New Deal, maintaining a strong National Environmental Policy Act, and many other climate policies.

For further information

The LWV Toolkit for Climate Action includes information on relevant law, state and federal initiatives, guidance for advocacy on the issue, and much more. Check it out!

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