PALCV is the bi-partisan political action arm of the Pennsylvania state environmental community. It takes its franchise from the local, regional, and state environmental groups who define the issues we work on. Because these groups cannot engage in electoral politics, we undertake that mission on their behalf.
Candidates for elected office are often not asked to articulate their positions on local environmental issues by the public or by the media. Yet environmental concerns such as the quality of our drinking water, the disposal of our waste, and the sanctity of our remaining open spaces are just as important as our children's education, taxes, or crime. Polls of citizens on these issues show very high levels of concern.
Some 75 percent of the American people call themselves "environmentalists." And 23 percent say they have voted for or against a candidate based on environmental issues. PALCV therefore believes that environmentally concerned citizens represent a huge potential force in electoral politics.
PALCV effects its mission by educating candidates and voters through phonebanking, mailings, email action, voters guides, mass media campaigns, debates and forums, and issue briefings.