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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

The League joined a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to expeditiously move forward with regulations to cut methane emissions.

“The public is strongly in favor of reducing the deadly effects that carbon pollution has on the health of our children and our environment,” said League President MacNamara.

On Earth Day 2014, the League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters of Iowa joined with The New Republic Magazine and Drake University in Iowa to sponsor a forum focused on climate change.

On Earth Day, I attended a meeting with the Counselor to President Obama and the White House Office of Public Engagement, along with members of the environmental, public health and civil rights communities to talk about the progress of the President’s Climate Action Plan.

Celebrate Earth Day with the League by telling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fight climate change.

In addition to the work the League does to defend the environment at the national level, in 2009 members came together to develop the League’s Climate Change Task Force. Local and state Leagues are also committed to addressing the specific environmental concerns that arise in their communities.

It's amazing what you see and think about when you're taking a 3,000 mile walk! On March 1, 235 climate change activists began walking east from Los Angeles; in November we will finish our journey in Washington, DC. The marchers hail from 36 states and six countries.

I work with a variety of League volunteers every day, but I also have the unique opportunity to work with the LWVUS Lobby Corps. Established in 1971, Lobby Corps convenes for briefings on League legislative priorities, and they play a key role in promoting League issues and communicating LWVUS positions to members of Congress.

The League of Women Voters has been at the forefront of the environmental protection movement for decades, consistently supporting legislation to preserve our nation’s natural resources and protect our public health. We support legislation that seeks to protect our country from the physical, economic and public health effects of climate change while also providing pathways to economic prosperity.

Yesterday, the League of Women Voters joined with Rachel’s Action Network (RAN) to host a breakfast honoring the women of the U.S. Congress.