Climate Change

The evidence of climate change is all around us. We are seeing more frequent and intense storms, more extreme weather, and rising temperatures. Deadly heat waves and massive wild fires are happening more often and there are melting glaciers, rising sea levels and coastal flooding. These rapid and devastating changes highlight the urgent need for action — by all of us — as individuals and collectively — in our communities, at the state and federal levels, and internationally.

 

The League, with its nonpartisan, reasoned voice, has an opportunity and a particularly critical role to play in building consensus and advancing effective solutions to the climate crisis. It’s clear that we are facing a climate emergency, but there is still time to act. 

 

Climate change is going to effect us in many ways: Greater storm risk will cause higher insurance rates, chaotic farming conditions will cause more expensive groceries, there will be shifting in the retirement map, perhaps falling home prices where there are chronic weather catastrophes, you may see more allergies and bug bites as there are earlier blooms and changes in growth of plants, we may see heat related ailments increasing, rising ozone levels can bring on more health issues with heat and poor air quality, and birds migrating patterns are changing as plants blooming patterns change.

 

Climate Change is an issue that needs to be addressed. Below are some helpful links and information.

LWVUS Position on Climate Change

LWVUS Actions On Climate Change

A Net-Zero Future is Possible!

A net-zero future is possible, but first we need to flip a mental switch to truly understand that we can stop the climate crisis if we try, says Nobel laureate Al Gore. In this inspiring and essential talk, Gore shares examples of extreme climate events (think: fires, floods and atmospheric tsunamis), identifies the man-made systems holding us back from progress and invites us all to join the movement for climate justice: “the biggest emergent social movement in all of history,” as he puts it. An unmissable tour de force on the current state of the crisis — and the transformations that will make it possible to find a way out of it. Watch the video.

Climate Change Information

Virtual Climate Action Lobby Day June 2nd

Sign up today for our Virtual Climate Action Lobby Day on June 2nd! PennEnvironment will be bringing together hundreds of Pennsylvanians from across the state for PA’s largest annual citizen lobby day for climate action — VIRTUALLY!  We’ll hold Zoom lobby meetings with state legislators and their staff to advocate for legislation that will help fight climate change. We want to make this our biggest Lobby Day yet, so RSVP and invite your friends and family to join too!

Regional Climate Stories

A series of quarterly articles written by LWVIC members about how our area is or will be affected by Climate Change.

Regional Climate Atlas

Click HERE to see the Climate Change Atlas and track changes in tree growth and and how climate change affects birds.  Climate Change Tree Atlas is a tool that lets you explore current tree species traits and suitable habitats in the eastern United States. The bird atlas shows potential changes in abundance and range for 147 bird species in the east.

See How Forests Are Changing

https://forestadaptation.org/  to see information on how forests are changing due to climate change. 

AARP Talks About Climate Change Effects On Finances, Home, Health & Lifestyle

What You Need To Know About Climate Change  How it’s already affecting your health, home and safety – and what you can do about it.

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe Teaches Us How to Talk to People Who Don’t Believe in Climate Change

Climate Scientist Dr. Hayhoe talks about living in Texas, how the issue of climate change became Republican vs Democrat, which groups of Americans we need to target to make change, fossil fuel companies paying to spread disinformation, how to communicate with someone who doesn’t believe in climate change, and her new book “Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing In A Divided World.”

Watch CCL’s Appalachia Region’s Bookclub Conversation with Dr. Katharine  Hayhoe.

Click here for some informative videos from Climate Voices:
  • Climate Change and Our Christian Faith
  • How Humans are Changing the Climate
  • How Climate Change Threatens Our National Security
  • An Effective Climate Change Campaign