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Issues of Environment and Sustainability

The League's Position on Climate Change

At its January 2019 meeting, the LWVUS Board approved a position statement on climate change, to be included in an updated edition of Impact on Issues, due to be published in Spring 2019. Since the LWVUS Natural Resources positions pre-date the public's general awareness of climate change, we did not have a position explicitly mentioning climate change. Now, in recognition of Leagues' increasing engagement in climate action, the LWVUS board has added the following position language supporting climate action:

The League believes that climate change is a serious threat facing our nation and planet. The League believes that an international approach to combating climate change -- including through energy conservation, air pollution controls, building resilience, and promotion of renewable resources -- is necessary to protect public health and defend the overall integrity of the global ecosystem. The League supports climate goals and policies that are consistent with the best available climate science and that will ensure a stable climate system for future generations. Individuals, communities, and governments must continue to address this issue, while considering the ramifications of their decisions, at all levels -- local, state, regional, national, and global.

Receiving updates from the committee

If you would like updates about upcoming activities, or action alerts during the legislative session, contact Sallie Fahey, Liz Solberg, or Cathy Potter, Co-chairs of the LWVGL Environment and Sustainability Committee.

Most recent E&S Committee Email Alert

(sent July 28)

Hello Fellow Leaguers Concerned about Climate Change,

At the bottom of this e-mail is the LWVUS's newly summarized statement regarding climate change.

To learn more and especially to show your concern to a highly varied audience, you are cordially invited to a presentation by...

Kristina Lindborg whose presentation is entitled... "From Argentina to Teaching to Reaching out for Climate Solutions"

at the Lafayette Noon Rotary Club Tuesday, Aug. 27th Four Points by Sheraton 1600 Cumberland Ave., West Lafayette

Details:

  • Let Liz Solberg know by Sun., Aug. 18th (765-743-5955; jlsolberg@earthlink.net) if you would like to attend (additional count needed for food preparations); or if you have questions.
  • Cost: $14.00 payable at the door (cash; or check made out to the hotel; or credit card).
  • Arrive between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. for the buffet lunch; meeting begins at noon and adjourns by 1:00 p.m.; her presentation will be 20-25 minutes plus questions.

Additional Notes:
  • The April edition of the international Rotary quarterly magazine featured climate change with a specific article on Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). This is a huge change within Rotary and a breakthrough for this issue. In the recent July edition, Kristina's was one of the letters-in-response.
  • Members of the local CCL group are also being invited to attend.
  • Another such opportunity will be on Nov. 12th to hear Jeff Dukes, Purdue Professor and Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center.

Just last January the LWVUS summed up the many League positions related to climate change by publishing this specific statement of position:

The League believes that climate change is a serious threat facing our nation and planet. The League believes that an international approach to combating climate change -- including through energy conservation, air pollution controls, building resilience, and promotion of renewable resources -- is necessary to protect public health and defend the overall integrity of the global ecosystem. The League supports climate goals and policies that are consistent with the best available climate science and that will ensure a stable climate system for future generations. Individuals, communities, and governments must continue to address this issue, while considering the ramifications of their decisions, at all levels -- local, state, regional, national, and global.

Hope you can come on Aug. 27th to the Lafayette Noon Rotary Club meeting!

Liz Solberg, Sallie Fahey, Susan Ulrich, Co-Chairs Environmental Sustainability Committee, LWVGL