Climate Change Task Force

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The Task Force has support for you. Would you like to have a discussion group or form a team on climate change? Host or co-host an event? Educate your members or the public? Learn what other Leagues are doing? Let us help! Contact us today at climatechange [at] lwvc.org!

Take Action Locally

Schedule a Local Event: The Climate Change Task Force will help you set up an event or presentation on climate change. The Task Force can help with contacts to other organizations, to find speakers, and to organize the event. Here are some options:

  • A regional presentation joint with other local leagues,
  • A panel discussion with many points of view and/or with several organizations,
  • A local talk focused on a topic of local interest (e.g. sea level rise in Humboldt, agricultural changes in the Central Valley, forest effects in the foothills).

Form a Discussion Group or Team on Climate Change: A discussion group can be the beginning of a Climate Change Team. Examples of topics:

  • A series of short talks by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab scientists to view separately and then discuss
  • Review possible climate solutions from Drawdown by Paul Hawken
  • Current legislation, city or county council issues and actions on climate change
  • Review of local actions on climate change proposed by the California Air Resources Board and choose among them for your local focus

What California Leagues Are Doing

Local Leagues across California are working on a wide variety of issues related to climate change. Counties where most action is happening are mostly coastal, but activity is increasing farther inland. 

 

Municipal Areas are working on Smart Growth including:

  • Municipal Climate Action Plans: participating in development of plans and monitoring to see that results are reached.
  • Green Infrastructure: Supporting use of natural systems in urban settings.
  • Energy Efficiency: Helping to move urban communities to be efficient, resilient and sustainable in a zero-carbon economy.
  • Community Choice Aggregation (CCA): Supporting 100% renewable electricity via CCAs where appropriate,
  • Move to All-Electric: Advocating to move away from natural gas to all electric in buildings and transportation.
  • Transportation: Evaluating the role of mass transit, electric and autonomous vehicles, and land use.

Coastal Communities are working on Sea-Level Rise, including impacts on coastal communities, and need for new zoning.

More Rural Areas are working on carbon storage in natural systems, including Healthy Soils and Forests.

Climate Change Education is happening across the state, with Leagues hosting climate events, partnering with others, holding workshops and forums, speaking out at government meetings, and a host of other education opportunities.

Recently Past Recorded Events

Recordings, slides, and handouts are available at the links provided below. 

  • It's Happening. It's Now: The Climate Reports of 2018 link
  • Effective Action in Advocating for Price on Carbon link
  • You Can Make a Difference! Five Simple Actions to Reduce Emissions link
  • Soil Health for Carbon Sequestration in the Face of Climate Change link
  • California Cap and Trade - An Introduction link
  • Utility Users Tax, or How to Bring Carbon Pricing to Your City link
  • Food Production and Greenhouse Gases: Counting Carb Emissions link
  • Beyond Fossil Fuels: Taking Action See recording of the panel discussion and Q&A in Part 1 and Part 2.

For more webinars on climate change see the LWV-Massachusetts Climate and Energy Solutions Series.

Join the Climate Change Task Force!

We are now nearly 150 LWV members strong across California. We have periodic notifications on climate change issues and  webinars with input from all of us. We share our work and are forming state-wide teams. To be part of the LWVC Climate Change Task Force, email us at climatechange [at] lwvc.org and we’ll put you on the list.

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