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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

“Today, President Obama stood up for the future of our environment and for the health and well-being of Americans,” President MacNamara said.

“It is time for President Obama to follow through on his promise to veto this misguided legislation,” said League President Elisabeth MacNamara.

In honor of the League of Women Voters' 95th anniversary, here are 10 ways the League has helped strengthen our democracy and ensure equality over the past century.

“The President must veto. Keystone is not in our national interest,” says League President Elisabeth MacNamara.

Check out our Storify to catch up on the President’s speech and to see how our Bingo boards played out!

The League sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging Senators to defend our vital natural resources and protect public health against pollution.

“We are pleased that the President has launched another salvo in his broad-based attack on climate change,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States.

Here's a sample of just some of the important work the League accomplished in 2014, and what lays ahead in 2015.

The LWVUS Climate Change Task Force has developed a background paper for League members and others on the projected impacts of climate change on land ice.

The comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan ended earlier this week, and thanks to our fantastic supporters from across the country, we helped submit over 48,000 comments in support of the regulation!