Issues of Environment and Sustainability

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 sfahey [at] tippecanoe.in.gov (Sallie Fahey)jlsolberg [at] earthlink.net (Liz Solberg), or cathrynpotterin [at] gmail.com (Cathy Potter), Co-chairs of the LWVGL Environment and Sustainability Committee.

Most Recent E&S Committee Email Alert

(sent July 2)

Hello League Board Members and Committee Chairs,

We co-chairs of the Environmental Sustainability Committee met yesterday which resulted in this report:

  1. The e-mail that will go out to members early August was changed to reference first the new LWVUS climate change statement and then the opportunity to attend a presentation on climate issues.
  2. As decided by the committee last year and then reported to the board, we are pursuing the opportunity for a CAFO tour and discussion with Farm Bureau President Roger Verhey in September. This was discussed briefly with him at the last legislative breakfast. Just four or five can actually go on the tour. He indicated that he had a room that would accommodate a larger group for a follow-up discussion. We feel strongly that this should be a non-confrontational experience that focuses on exploring the perspective of a responsible CAFO owner, but also discussing the status of Indiana laws and enforcement for dealing with "bad actors."
  3. A committee meeting will be scheduled for October to discuss further action and ideas for the 2019-'20 LWVGL program year.

Our preliminary thoughts include:

  • Offer this opportunity to the LWVGL E&S Committee.
  • Ask them to RSVP.
  • Arrange carpool drivers so people aren't driving individually.
  • Do a random drawing from those who respond to choose who gets to go on the tour.

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