Leagues Across the U.S. Declare Climate Emergency
Our California LWV passed a resolution unanimously at our June, 2019 Convention to declare a climate emergency. Similar Climate Emergency Declarations also passed at state League Conventions in Oregon, Florida, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Colorado. It's time for all hands on deck!
LWVC Declaration: "We as delegates of California local Leagues assembled at the 2019 LWVC Convention call upon the LWVC Board, Action Committee and local Leagues to advocate for ‘Climate Emergency Declarations’ and urgent relevant action by state, county, and local governments."
Berkeley Limits Natural Gas
July 16, 2019 Berkeley City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting natural gas infrastructure in new buildings effective January 1, 2020. The ordinance recognizes the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gases and takes the bold action we need in face of the climate emergency. The ordinance was strongly supported by the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville (LWVBAE) who spoke at the Council meeting and were recognized and thanked by Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin.
LWVBAE is leading the state team on Building Electrification with members also from LWV Santa Monica and LWV Pasadena. If you want to be part of the action, email climatechange [at] lwvc.org.
Leagues Are Serious About Climate Change
Forty members of the League of Women Voters gathered June 22 in Pasadena to unite for local and state action on climate change. The forum was hosted by the LWVC Climate Change Task Force and attended by members of ten local Leagues, primarily from the Los Angeles Basin. Attendees pictured above.
We focused on four areas for action:
- Carbon Drawdown using the ranked list of solutions for Hawken’s book, Drawdown
- Climate Activism by partnering with organizers, media, and particularly youth
- Building Electrification in cities with local sponsored events
- Transportation-Housing-Land Use by engaging with local groups and monitoring plans
Resolved: The participants unanimously agreed that we must work to assure climate questions are included in the upcoming Presidential debates at all levels.
A similar forum for Northern California Leagues is planned for September in Sacramento, and a third in the San Diego area at a later date.
League Climate Action Across California
More than half of our 62 local Leagues are already active or beginning action on climate change.
- Leagues in municipal areas are working on "smart growth" including education, participation and advocacy in municipal climate action plans, green infrastructure, energy efficiency and sustainability, Community Choice Aggregation, a move away from natural gas to all-electric in buildings, and transportation.
- Leagues in more rural areas are working on carbon conservation and drawdown using natural systems, building healthy soils, and protecting our forests.
- Coastal communities are working on sea-level rise, including impacts and the need for new zoning restrictions.
- 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.
If you want to be part of any of these efforts email climatechange [at] lwvc.org and we'll help you share resources and/or participate.
California Climate Change Task Force
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. Join our effort. Contact us at climatechange [at] lwvc.org.