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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Climate Change is NOW

The League of Women Voters is well known for its efforts in voter protection and open government. But you may not have heard that the League is a leader in the fight to halt global climate change -- one of the most serious threats to our environment, health, and economy">

Mary Wilson and Sisters on the Planet Ambassadors Mary Wilson and Oxfam honorees receive Climate Leaders Award.

That's why we're partnering with Oxfam America to advocate for legislation that will create millions of clean energy jobs and reduce environmental damage.

Earlier this month I traveled to D.C. for two days of lobbying activities, and was honored to receive a Sisters on the Planet Climate Leaders"> from Oxfam. Nineteen League leaders from as many states took to the Hill to lobby Congressional leaders on what is truly needed in strong climate change legislation, and many of them spoke to the media afterwards, helping to raise awareness on this important issue.

Now is your chance to participate in this debate. From March 29 - April 9, your Senators will be in your state for a two-week legislative recess. Take this opportunity to speak with them. Tell them how important it is to your community and the world that they support comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation that will reinvigorate our economy, create millions of jobs, and reduce climate change-causing pollution. The House of Representatives has already passed strong legislation, so now it's up to our Senators!

(Can't make it to an in-person visit? Give your Senators a call at their state offices. Click here:"> to look up contact information.)

Let us know about the climate change work being done in your state - and we'll keep you posted on our progress. Without immediate action from Congress and all citizens, the impacts on our planet will be devastating.

Thank you for all you do to keep our communities healthy, vibrant, and strong.

Mary G. Wilson
President, LWVUS

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