Climate Change Position
Read the complete op-ed that appeared in the Daily Democrat 1-6-13.
After two years of study, the members of the Woodland LWV voted unanimously to adopt the position on climate change at the annual meeting in June, 2011. The effect of climate change on Woodland and Yolo County was the focus for these areas of study:
- Forestry/Urban Forests
- Human Health
The position in its entirety can be found here.
Efforts to date by the Woodland LWV have included:
- Hosting John Mott-Smith, Yolo County's Climate Change Adviser, at a public presentation on "What You Can Do About Climate Change" in September, 2009.
- Keynote speaker Dr. Deb Niemeier from the UC Davis Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the League's State of the Community Luncheon in February 2010 whose talk was entitled "Climate Change. California's Experiment: Bellwether or Bust. It's up to us."
- A public forum on climate change and water on October 6, 2010 featured State Senator Lois Wolk (Mindy McIntyre); Tim O'Halloran, general manager of the Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District; Elissa Lynn, climate change program manager for the California Dept. of Water Resources; and Woodland city councilmember Dr. Bill Marble as presenters.
- Keynote speaker Dr. Dan Sperling, Director of the UCD Institute of Transportation Studies,at the League's 2011 State of the Community Luncheon in February 2011 who gave a talk entitled "Toward Two Billion Cars and What to Do About It."
- Interacting with the Davis League of Women Voters throughout the two year study, culminating in unanimous concurrent approval at their May, 2011 annual meeting.
Three two page articles have been written as part of this study effort and are available for LWV members and the public:
- AB 32 - California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
- Climate Change and Water in California
- The 6 Greenhouse Gases
For general information on climate change in California:
The California Natural Resources Agency and others have prepared a report on the impacts of climate change to California and adaptation measures.
To learn more about living a low carbon life see these resources from UC Davis:
Information from the League of Women Voters of the United States: Climate Change has been identified by the LWVUS as one of their major issues.
- Check out the LWVUS Toolkit for Climate Action
- Read this one page fact sheet on the need to take action
Questions and comments related to LWVWoodland's Climate Change Study should go to: naturalresourcesdirector [at] woodland.ca.lwvnet.org.