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The Environment

As citizens of the world we must protect our planet from the physical, economic and public health effects of climate change while also providing pathways to economic prosperity.

Why it matters

The preservation of the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the earth’s ecosystem is essential for maximum protection of public health and the environment. The interrelationships of air, water and land resources should be recognized in designing environmental safeguards. The federal government should have the major role in setting standards for environmental protection and pollution control.

What we're doing

Since the 1960s, we have been at the forefront of efforts to protect air, land and water resources. Our approach to environmental protection and pollution control is one of problem solving. The League’s environmental goals aim to prevent ecological degradation, and to reduce and control pollutants before they go down the sewer, up the chimney or into the landfill. We support vigorous enforcement mechanisms, including sanctions for states and localities that do not comply with federal standards as well as substantial fines for noncompliance.

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The Environment In Depth

Several LWVUS staff were present to witness and take part in what is considered to be one of the largest global protests in history. What we saw shed new light on our democracy and sanctity of the rights afforded to us, as children of all ages filled the lawn of the Capitol and the surrounding avenues practicing their first amendment rights.

The League joined organizations on a letter to the U.S. Senate asking for an increase in funding of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Nonpoint Source Management Program under the Clean Water Act. The funding levels requested have been approved by the U.S. House and are also outlined in the Senates version of the legislation.

Guest authors Cathy Frischmann and Claudia Keith encourage Leagues to get involved in climate strike activities.

Have you wondered what you can do to fight climate change? One of the most critical actions is putting a price on carbon emissions.

LWVUS and 87 organizations sent comments to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regarding proposed rulemaking for procedural changes to the Coastal Zone Management Act (CMZA). 

The League and coalition partners support passage of HR 9, the Climate Action Now Act.

The League submitted a brief to the 9th Circuit in the case of Juliana v. US.

League urges Congress to propose bold legislation addressing climate change.