The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) works to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities. LCV, in collaboration with our state LCV partners, advocates for sound environmental laws and policies, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elects pro-environment candidates who will champion our priority issues.
LCV runs large-scale issue advocacy field programs in Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin that focuses on building support for reducing carbon emissions, encouraging executive action to clean up coal fired power plants and raising awareness about the need to address climate change. Organizers raise awareness through environmental issue advocacy, earned media and grassroots lobbying activities in multiple states.
In the last two years, we have recruited, trained and deployed climate volunteers and activists in five states—North Carolina, New Hampshire, Michigan, Colorado, and Iowa. The North Carolina program started in 2013 and became one of the largest state programs ever run by the environmental community. As of October 2015, more than 10,300 unique volunteers in North Carolina had completed 25,000 volunteer shifts, and 1,700 had become activists. In Iowa, we have expanded outreach beyond youth to the broader community, with a continued focus on campus work. The program has mobilized 3,400 unique volunteers in two cities, who have completed over 13,000 volunteer shifts. We are also running successful programs in New Hampshire, Michigan, and Colorado, and in 2015, we launched a similar program in Wisconsin.
These efforts have engaged more than 36,000 volunteers who have taken more than 84,000 actions, such as attending events, gathering signatures, writing letters-to-the-editor, generating calls to decision-makers, and recruiting friends and neighbors to support climate action. These programs contain a strong youth organizing component, and 30 percent of these volunteers are under age 30.
In 2016-2017, we will expand our efforts to recruit, train and activate volunteers to educate public officials, the media, and fellow citizens about the threats posed by climate change and the benefits of clean energy. In Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin organizers will continue to recruit and train volunteers to take actions to defend the Clean Power Plan and ensure that states develop effective implementation plans.