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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

Washington, DC – The League of Women voters today announced a new television ad in Massachusetts that is part of their ongoing “People not Polluters” (

In two blog posts Climate Campaign Director, Pete Altman, discusses Senator Brown’s votes in the Senate and his reaction the League’s advocacy on the Clean Air Act.

League of Women Voters launches seven-figure television ad blitz and online campaign criticizing votes by Massachusetts Senator Brown and Missouri Senator McCaskill to block air pollution stand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 29, 2011

Washington, DC - The following is a statement by Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters of the U.S.:

October 24, 2005The Honorable David Dreier, Chairman The Honorable Louise McIntosh Slaughter, Ranking Member House Committee on Rules