Regular meetings are held every 3rd Tuesday from 7:30 to 9 pm
at the LWVBAE office, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Ste. 5, Berkeley.
Alert to the mounting crisis posed by global warming, members of the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville under the leadership of Diz Swift and Janice Blumenkrantz formed the LWVBAE Climate Team in 2007. Addressing this subject of a more scientific nature at the time was a pioneering departure from previous actions taken by a local League. LWVCA and LWVUS, as well as many local Leagues, eventually joined in the by now worldwide effort to fight Climate Change. Since 2007, the Climate Team has educated itself intensively on Climate Change and pursued the following strategies to engage citizens, government regulators, legislators, and elected leaders to take steps in meeting this challenge:
First: the Climate Team partners with nonprofit climate organizations such as the Citizens Climate Lobby, the Sierra Club, 350.org and 350BayArea, the National Research Defense Council, and EarthJustice to organize forums to raise public awareness and understanding of climate change issues. In addition to leaders in the Climate field outside the Bay Area, local climate activists have been fortunate to hear some of the most well-known climate researchers at nearby UC Berkeley and Stanford at these meetings. Outreach at these events, in addition to Bay Area League Day organized by the LWV of the Bay Area, includes distributing Climate literature.
Second: Climate Team members attend meetings of environmental regulatory and/or government agencies such as the local arm of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the California Public Utilities Commission, and the Berkeley Energy Commission. In addition to keeping abreast of the activities of these bodies, attendees are encouraged to make public comment about ongoing matters.
Third: Climate Team members have also participated in lobbying the state legislature in Sacramento for bills supported by the LWV of California. Meeting legislators on Lobby Day, organized by LWVC to inform them of LWV concerns, is an important aspect of the lobbying effort. Another lobbying effort of LWVBAE has involved making presentations on Climate Change at state and national conventions of LWV to convention goers.
Finally: the Climate Team has assembled and distributed brochures on Climate Change at various public events. It is currently designing a brochure for outreach to Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville homeowners to help them upgrade their energy resources so that the renewable, as opposed to fossil fuel, source of the energy they use is maximized. The Berkeley Office of Energy and Sustainable Development and other agencies are advising on design of the brochure, which will soon be downloadable from this page.
Diz Swift (left) and Jan Blumenkrantz (right) with Senator Barbara Boxer on a visit to Washington D.C. to lobby on climate change.