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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

The KXL Pipeline jeopardizes the the water we drink, the air we breathe and the planet on which we live. Celebrate Earth Day 2013 and tell Secretary Kerry that the KXL Pipeline is All Risk, No Reward!

Today, the League expressed disappointment with the Obama Administration for missing a key deadline to set industrial carbon pollution standards for new power plants.

Coalition to President Obama and Secretary Kerry: Pipeline is Not in National Interest

This weekend, I gathered with folks from across the country for the largest rally on climate change in U.S. history!

In last night’s State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Obama addressed many crucial issues affecting our country. His remarks touched on some of the League’s priority issues including voting rights, climate change, immigration and gun violence.

President Obama underscored the urgent need to address climate change in his inaugural addr

Next Tuesday, February 12th, President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union (SOTU) address, which will outline his key priorities for the year and second term in office.

Spirit of the Islands Key to President Obama’s Legacy on Climate Change

Today, the League of Women Voters sent a letter urging President Obama, to takes steps to lead the world in the face of the greatest environmental challenge of our generation: climate change.