Climate Change Task Force

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The LWVC Climate Change Task Force is a group of over 200 League members across California who are working on climate action. As a member of the Task Force you can take climate action at the level that works for you, even if your local League does not have climate change as a priority. The Task Force steering team sends periodic notifications on climate change issues, events, and actions. We share our work to make the whole much better than the parts.

We are forming state-wide teams on a number of topics related to climate change including: Building Electrification; Food, Soils, and Agriculture; Transportation; Smart Growth; Wildfires. To join the Task Force or to express interest in a state-wide team, email climatechange [at] lwvc.org.

We are holding forums across the state for League members to share, learn, and connect with other Climate Change Task Force members across the state. The first was the SoCal Forum for LWVs in the area of the Los Angeles Basin June 22, the NorCal Forum in Sacramento September 14, and the San Diego area Forum, scheduled for November 9, 2019.

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,
  •  Building Electrification: Advocating to move away from natural gas to all electric in buildings 
  • 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 Forestsand on Wildfires.

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.

Take Action Locally

Would you like to have a discussion group or form a team on climate change for your local League? 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!

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

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