Home    About Us    Register to Vote    Join    Members Only    Donate    Join e-News List    Search    Contact Us     
 
Positions
Studies
Publications
Voter Information
Who Represents You
Local Leagues
 
Washington Voter
The nonpartisan website for Washington State voting information and elections - brought to you by the League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund

ISSUES

- Tax Facts
- Reproductive Rights
- Water Use
- Climate Change
- LWVUS Education Study Resources


Where Does the Money Come From? Where Does It Go?
Get Your Tax Facts Here

A LWVWA Civic Engagement Project

Introduction to Taxes
Funding State Government
The Budget Process
The 3 Budgets of the Washington State Government
The 3 Major General Fund Taxes
Bonds 101: The Basics
How the Washington State Budget Impacts You


 Reproductive Rights

PAPERS
SEXUAL EDUCATION; ABSTINENCE ONLY VERSUS SCIENCE BASED; FAITH VERSUS FACTS
Wayne E. Martin, M.D., Chair for Reproductive Rights
League of Women Voters of Washington

Water Use

RESOURCE PAPERS
Water Use Efficiency, 1989-91
LWV PNW Great River of the West 1959
LVW Seattle Columbia Basin Study 1959


Climate Change

FOCUS ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Read the LWVWA Statement for the Climate Advisory Team,
Washington Climate Challenge, Seattle, August 7, 2007.
DO A LITTLE...CHANGE A LOT
Read what this family has done to lessen their carbon footprint
and what you too can do!

LWVUS Advocacy Statement on Climate Change

Global climate change threatens the integrity of the earth's climate system and there is a need to act without delay to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

To reduce the likelihood of severe damage to both human societies and natural ecosystems the League supports:

  • The preservation of the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the ecosystem and maximum protection of public health and the environment.
  • Energy goals and policies that acknowledge the United States as a responsible member of the world community through sound use of energy resources with consideration of the entire cycle of energy production and emphasis on conserving energy and using energy-efficient technologies.
In addition, the League believes that policy makers must take into account the ramifications of their decisions on the nation as a whole as well as on other nations.

LWVUS has signed onto a Statement of Principles on global warming, along with several other environmental organizations.


Climate Change Resources
WEBSITES
Climate Solutions climatesolutions.org
Environmental Protection Agency www.epa.gov/globalwarming/greenhouse
National Center for Atmospheric Research www.ncar.ucar.edu
The Pew Trust www.pewclimate.org
Union of Concerned Scientists www.ucsusa.org
Physicians for Social Responsibility www.psr.org
Energy Star information www.energystar.gov
Alliance to Save Energy www.ase.org/consumer
Northwest Energy Coalition www.nwenergy.org
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency www.pscleanair.org

BOOKS

Field notes from a catastrophe: man, nature, and climate change by Elizabeth Kolbert (New York : Bloomsbury Pub., 2006) is an expansion on an excellent three-part series published in The New Yorker in 2005 (more details below under "magazines").

The weather makers: how man is changing the climate and what it means for life on Earth by Tim Flannery (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2006) is credited with changing the position of the Australian government on global warming. Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair has stated, "Almost uniquely, The Weather Makers provides insights not only into the history, science, and politics of climate change, but also the actions people can take now that will make a difference."

Greenhouse: the 200-year story of global warming by Gale E. Christianson (New York: Walker and Company, 1999) is a very readable history of the process of global warming and how it has developed as a parallel to industrialization and the increasing consumption of fossil fuels for transportation, energy, and development.

The official Earth Day guide to planet repair by Denis Hayes (Washington, DC: Island Press, 2000) is a very readable guide to understanding global warming. It offers many ways to reduce energy use, affect policy, and test your environmental IQ. It also lists numerous resources for further information. The author is chairman and CEO of Earth Day.

Stormy weather: 101 solutions to global climate change by Guy Dauncey, with Patrick Mazza (Gabriola Island, B.C. : New Society Publishers, 2001) is an excellent resource book for everyone. It offers practical options for individuals and institutions who want to find solutions to climate change, and it offers a blueprint for contributing to the survival of the planet. Described as "one-stop shopping for global warming action for all sectors of society," this book is a very readable and comprehensive explanation of climate change.


LWVUS Education Study Resources


Role of the Federal Government in Public Education: History (Powerpoint)
Role of the Federal Government in Public Education: History (PDF)
Equity and Funding (Powerpoint)
Equity and Funding (PDF)
Common Core Standards and Assessments (Powerpoint)
Common Core Standards and Assessments (PDF)

QUICK LINKS

Studies:
Early Care & Education Birth to 5
Washington State Ferries
Growth Management Act
 Election Reform
 Washington State Taxes

In The News:
Washington Public News Service