NEW! LWVC Climate Change Task Force
Climate Change Events Around California
March 6, 2018, 12:00-1:00 PM, LWV Palo Alto co-sponsors "Food Production and Greenhouse Gases: Counting Carb Emissions" with featured speaker: Chris Field, Director of Stanford Woods Institute. Event details here. You can participate by attending in Palo Alto or by joining the streaming webinar.
March 12, 2018, 6:30-9:00 PM, LWV Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville and Citizens Climate Lobby co-sponsor a panel discussion of "Climate Change and Labor: Challenges and Opportunities". Event details here.
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California Climate Change Task Force
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 the many local actions on climate change proposed by the California Air Resources Board and choose among them for your local focus.
Education needs to be engaging, with emphasis on local effects and actions. We are just beginning our work to put together education materials and plans specific to different California areas and issues. Meanwhile, use this excellent compilation of resources for education, including webinars, handouts, talks, how to communicate, and more.
To be part of the email discussion group for LWVC Climate Change, email us at climatechange [at] lwvc.org and we’ll put you on the list.
State and Local Legislation
California continues its march to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Each state legislative session brings several climate related bills. Legislative sessions are two years in length, but each year, bills must be introduced or re-introduced (two-year bills). See our Legislation Page for a list of bills we have supported or opposed and the results for the 2017 session.
In 2017, California lawmakers extended cap and trade to 2030 with the passage of AB 398 in a 2/3 bipartisan vote on July 17, 2017. Cap and trade had been otherwise set to expire in 2020. We worked hard for the passage of AB 398 and for its companion legislation, AB 617 (improve air quality).
In our lobbying efforts, we wrote a letter of support and co-signed another with like-minded organizations. We also personally lobbied targeted legislators (all of whom voted yes). Earlier we had supported AB 378 which failed in the Assembly. AB 398 and AB 617 were derived from AB 378.
2018 Legislation and Propositions
SB 100 (De León) - SUPPORT: The LWVC supports SB 100 "Enact 100 Percent Renewable and Zero-Carbon Electricity Policy". Read our letter! Talking points are pending. We will publish them here as well as updates.
Proposition 68, California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018 - SUPPORT: This measure would authorize California to issue general obligation bonds, with the money used to finance state and local parks, water conservation measures, water reliability to disadvantaged communities, and flood protection projects. California parks provide open space and recreation, improving health and community well-being. The water projects funded by this bond are forward thinking, and are a key part of our state response to climate change.
Proposition 70, Greenhouse Gas Reduction Reserve Fund - OPPOSE: This measure would add a requirement that two thirds of legislators approve the first appropriation of any money collected from the sale by CARB (California Air Resources Board) of Cap-and-Trade allowances after 2024. At a time that we need efficient and effective investments in climate change solutions, this requirement could lead to deadlocks, inefficiency, and poor decisions.
LWVC Climate Change Action Policy
Justification for Climate Change Action Policy Elements
This section specifies national and state League positions that justify elements of our proposed Climate Change Action Policy. The full position statements are given in the LWVUS publication Impact on Issues and the LWVC publication Action Policies and Positions.
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 and safety. 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. Global climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of our generation.
The LWVUS, in response to the growing concern about climate change and its impact on the environment, created a Climate Change Task Force in 2006 to provide information and assistance to the national board and staff and to develop materials for use by League members at the local, state and national levels. The task force developed and maintains a Climate Change Toolkit.
Greenhouse gases are a pollutant. In a 5-4 decision in April 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases meet the definition of "air pollutants" under the Clean Air Act of 1970.
California plays an important role in the climate change discussion, and what this state does is crucial. California produces seven percent of U.S. greenhouse gases (GHG) and is in 18th place in global emissions of GHG among countries (2013).
California is also playing a leadership role in reducing emissions, and regions within the state and local communities are taking steps to minimize the impacts of climate change by adoption of Climate Action Plans, Regional Climate Plans, and Sustainability Strategies, addressing sea level rise, and creating Adaption and Resiliency (Readiness) Plans.
Along with national League positions, LWVC positions on Air Quality, Energy, Land Use, and Transportation and the Growth Management and Sustainable Communities Action Policies all work together to support action.
History of Support for Climate Change Legislation
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