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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

I have been taking this time to think about all that I am thankful for this year – and one of the biggest things is you! You, together with all of the League’s supporters, have made this an amazing year for the League of Women Voters and for our democracy.

"Today's Keystone decision is encouraging and puts the health and safety of Americans ahead of blind reliance on fossil fuels," said President MacNamara.

From the moment I stepped onto the bus headed to the People’s Climate March chartered by the Sierra Club, I knew this was going to be an extraordinary day.

This week, the United Nations (UN) hosted a summit on climate change with leaders from around the world. The League of Women Voters of the United States participated with a small group of civil society leaders at the Summit.

League members are gathering with thousands of activists from around the world at the People's Climate March in New York City to push for strong action on climate change.

On September 23, the United Nations (UN) will meet in New York City for the UN Climate Summit with the goal of setting meaningful, action-oriented solutions to fight climate change. In advance of the summit, the League is participating in the People’s Climate March.

League members were offered a unique experience to join a call with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy to discuss the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which limits carbon emissions from power plants.

Power plants are responsible for 40 percent of the carbon pollution in the United States, making them the single largest source of that pollution in the country. And while carbon pollution is invisible, its effects are anything but.

The League commends the EPA for taking the necessary steps to cut carbon pollution and fight climate change, while also urging the agency to establish even stronger carbon rules to protect our planet.

President MacNamara delivered comments on the Clean Power Plan at the EPA’s public hearing in Atlanta. The comments commend the EPA for taking the necessary steps to cut carbon pollution and fight climate change. They also urge the EPA to work with state stakeholders to make the regulation stronger and reduce carbon pollution levels 35 percent by 2030.