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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

Op/ed by Pamela Person (LWV of Maine): “Last month I attended, as the League of Women Voters of Maine’s representative, a conference sponsored by Oxfam America’s GROW Campaign, which explored needed changes to help small-scale farmers around the world adapt to the realities of a changing climate.”

Washington, DC (April 13, 2012) – The League of Women Voters today praised the Administration’s proposed

Washington, DC (March 27, 2012) – League of Women Voters national President, Elisabeth MacNamara issued the following statement regarding the Obama Administration's new rules, rele

A letter to the editor from Barbara Chaudhery, co-president of the Greater Red Bank League of Women Voter, showing support for clean air initiative.

By Eleanor Revelle (LWVIL and LWVUS Climate Change Task Force Member)

By Eleanor Revelle (LWVIL and LWVUS Climate Change Task Force Member)

The evidence is clear that human-induced climate change is underway.

Eleanor Revelle, LWVUS CCTF, June 23, 2009

By Eleanor Revelle (LWVIL and LWVUS Climate Change Task Force Member)