Climate Change

San Diego Forum Attendees

Learn more about LWV California's and the National League's position and research on this issue.

State Position


Heat records are being broken, glaciers are melting, and the seas are rising. We have reached a point where no matter what we do, we cannot avoid a very different climate future. We must act now to prevent truly catastrophic consequences. But what can we do? The most powerful action is our knowledgeable vote.


LWVUS 2020 Convention Heightens Climate Effort

Climate Change Included in the 2020-2022 Program

Climate Change was the next highest priority following our Campaign for Making Democracy Work® with its four pillars: Voting Rights, Improving Elections, Campaign Finance/Money in Politics, and Redistricting. Thirteen state Leagues and 85 local Leagues had proposed Climate Change as the fifth pillar of Making Democracy Work in the Program Planning process.

LWVUS Declares Climate Emergency

Members approved a resolution "that calls for an immediate, wide-scale, mobilization by the United States that restores, protects, and funds an ecologically sustainable environment and climate, based on an interrelated approach that is environmentally sound, science-based, just and equitable, dedicated to appropriately addressing the speed and scale of the global climate change emergency."

Six state Leagues, including our own California League, had already declared a climate emergency in state conventions in 2019.

A caucus highlighting climate work by Leagues across the country, "Climate Emergency - Time for All Hands on Deck" was prepared by the newly formed Climate Emergency Working group. A new webpage is now available highlighting the League's climate work around the U.S.. Check it out here.

California Leagues Are Serious About Climate Change

Members of the League of Women Voters are gathering in a series of forums across California to unite for local and state action on climate change. The forums are hosted by the LWVC Climate Change Task Force. At this point 59 of California’s 62 Leagues are acting at some level to fight climate change.

LWVC held a SoCal Forum for LWV members in the Los Angeles Basin area June 22, a NorCal Forum in Sacramento September 14, and San Diego Forum on November 9, 2019. The Central Coast Forum scheduled for March has been postponed. Stay tuned.

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] 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]