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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

On Earth day, world leaders will gather at the United Nations to sign the agreement put together during the UN Climate Conference in Paris. The historic agreement signaled the commitment to fight climate change by a global coalition.

The League joined a letter opposing H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act.

The Effective Community Engagement award will reward innovative democracy-building programs that prioritized successful recruitment and engagement of strategic partners and/or new volunteers, particularly those focused on better serving key underrepresented groups such as young voters and new citizens. Anyone can vote and the polls will close on May 31.

The League joined environmental partners in opposing the Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns Act of 2016, or BRICK Act (H.R. 4557).

The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily put the Obama Administration's ‪‎Clean Power Plan. The League has been working to push the Obama Administration to develop and implement this historic regulation for years and we will continue to work to ensure that the it is implemented properly in every state. ‪

In addition to lobbying the 114th Congress in support of our priorities, the League is working on a number of important policy proposals put forth by the President and agencies of the federal government. We will also be participating in litigation that could have a major impact on laws and regulations.

On Tuesday, January 12 at 9 pm Eastern, President Barack Obama will deliver his final State of the Union speech. Read on for our five tips for how to get the most out of the address.

World leaders in Paris put people before polluters when the world’s countries agreed to reduce carbon pollution. The Paris agreement is an historic moment in the fight against climate change.

LWVUS joined a letter with organizations from across the country urging congress to reject amendments to the FY 2016 budget that would undermine the EPA's Clean Water Rule.

The League joined a letter sent to the U.S. Senate urging members to oppose S.J. Res 23 and S.J. Res 24, legislation that would permanently block the Clean Power Plan.