The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan and does not support or oppose individual candidates or parties. The mission of the League is to encourage informed and active participation in government, to increase public understanding of major policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.
In addition to our primary efforts providing wide range of services to voters, the League studies local, state, and national governmental issues resulting in positions the LWV supports in four major program areas: Representative Government, International Relations, Natural Resources, and Social Policy.
Today’s column will briefly highlight Natural Resources Positions in which the League promotes an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest.
Natural Resources: Promote the management of natural resources as interrelated parts of life-supporting ecosystems.
Resource Management: Promote resource conservation, stewardship and long-range planning with the responsibility for managing natural resources shared by all levels of government.
Environmental protection and pollution control: Preserve the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the ecosystem with maximum protection of public health and the environment.
Air Quality: Promote measures to reduce pollution from mobile and stationary sources.
Energy: Support environmentally sound policies that reduce energy growth rates, emphasize energy conservation and encourage use of renewable resources.
Land Use: Promote policies that manage land as a finite resource and that incorporate principles of stewardship.
Water Resources: Support measures to reduce pollution in order to protect surface water, groundwater and drinking water.
Waste Management: Promote policies that reduce the generation and promote the reuse and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes.
Nuclear Issues: Promote the maximum protection of public health and safety and the environment.
Public Participation: Promote public understanding and participation in decision making as essential elements of responsible and responsive management of our natural resources.
Agricultural Policy: Promote adequate supplies of food and fiber at reasonable prices to consumers and support economically viable farms, environmentally sound farm practices and increased reliance on the free market.
Federal Agricultural Policies: Provide financial support to subsidize agriculture in specific instances, enforce federal antitrust laws to ensure competitive agricultural markets and apply clean air and water regulations to all animal and agriculture production. The federal government should fund basic research to provide adequate safety of our food supply.
All men and women are invited to join the LWV where hands on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement. For information about the League, visit the website: www.lwvmc.org or send a message to: LWV, PO Box 101, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.