Climate Change Team

Regina BeatusMonthly Team Meetings
Third Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:00p,
Check the League Calendar for dates
LWVBAE office, 2530 San Pablo, Suite F
Regina Beatus, Team Chair
510-524-6904, climate@lwvbae.org

Next Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 17

The Climate Change Team’s informs and advocates on the urgency of climate change and on actions to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

April 2017 Update on Climate Issues & Events

• Dicaprio Climate Film and Climate Action Expo Fri, April 21, 6:30 pm

Leonardo DiCaprio asks  “what is our future in the face of climate change” in his film, Before the Flood. Come watch it with us at the East Bay Climate Action Expo and join in a discussion with a host of sponsoring organizations–including the League of Women Voters. Learn what our East Bay community is doing to make a difference on climate change and find out how you can have an impact. The Friday, April 21 event is at the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley. The Expo is FREE but donations welcome.  Tickets can be reserved at “https: www.eventbrite.com/e/east-bay-climate-action-expo-tickets 32421098378”\|”tickets”.

  • Join the Climate March April 29 in Oakland, 11 am—one of many sister marches in cities around the country to show our support for climate science and the need for action on climate change. The League of Women Voters co-sponsors the primary march in Washington D.C. Go to our web story “Join the Climate March” for updated details and more.
  • LWV California adopted a Climate Change Action Policy that will make it easier for local and regional Leagues to apply the existing state and national positions. The Action Policy supports mitigating and adapting to climate change including, for example, promoting energy conservation and efficiency, carbon pricing, a low-carbon sustainable energy economy, and basic research and technology development. Our own Dr. Diz Swift will lead a workshop at State Convention for Leaguers on “Climate Change: Taking It Local.” See story on website.

 

Background

Climate Change is Now. The scientific evidence is clear. Heat records are being broken, glaciers are melting, biodiversity is declining, and the seas are rising. We have reached a point where no matter what we do we cannot avoid a very different climate future.
Our ability to curb this change diminishes with every passing day. We must act now to prevent truly catastrophic consequences. But what can we do? The most powerful action is our knowledgeable vote.

Act Locally
Climate change is a global problem; effective action requires nothing short of a cultural change. Leagues are united across the U.S. in the LWV Climate Change Network.

Key Priorities for Action include:
Energy efficiency standards for transportation and the electric grid; Global price on GHG emissions to put the market economy to work and spur the growth of a clean energy economy; Plans to adapt to climate change.Read more:

Climate Change is Now
Education and Advocacy
Climate Action Plans
California’s Legislative Actions
Our Priorities to Reduce Emissions

Alameda County Students are receiving AC Transit Clipper Cards!!

Diz Swift (left) and Jan Blumenkrantz (right) with Senator Barbara Boxer on a visit to Washington D.C. to lobby on climate change.

Diz Swift (left) and Jan Blumenkrantz (right) with Senator Barbara Boxer on a visit to Washington D.C. to lobby on climate change.

Current Activities

  • Participating in the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition to implement the City’s Climate Change Plan.
  • Lobbying on climate change issues at the local, regional, state and national levels.
  • Evaluating market methods to curb climate change.

Climate Action Team News
Climate Change Team 2015-2016

Business Model for the Electric Utility of the Future

Ruby MacDonald on Climate Change in the Bay Area