Posts by WI Green Fire

2019 Annual Meeting Photo

The legacies of injustice and racism have affected our work in conservation in ways many of us may never have realized, in part because we may never have seen the people and opportunities that have simply been missing.

Wisconsin’s Green Fire’s founders recognized environmental justice as an essential tenet. Our founding principles assert our belief in the rights of all groups of people to a clean and healthy environment and to outdoor recreation. Our early years have been full of our best intentions, but now we must examine how we can truly align our efforts for the critical aspiration of inclusion and justice. How can we do better?  

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Title slide for May 21 2020 Webinar

May 21, 2020 WGF Policy Forum Webinar

Wisconsin’s Green Fire members Gary Radloff and Kerry Beheler interviewed a panel of energy experts to discuss the business case for renewable energy, the creation and benefits of local energy districts, and the politics of energy in Wisconsin. How can we move Wisconsin energy policy to keep pace with changes in systems and technology? What can we learn from efforts in other states? What are the areas of common ground across the political spectrum for energy policy? Panelists are Scott Coenen, Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum; Camille Kadoch, Regulatory Assistance Project; and Richard Cates, Iowa County Energy District.

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Northern Wisconsin Naturalist, John Bates, discusses the ecological history and human history of northern Wisconsin forests. He describes remaining old growth forests in the upper Midwest and their values. John’s talk is based in part on his recent book “Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology of Old Growth Forests in Wisconsin and Where to …

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Rob Lee, Midwest Environmental Advocates, together with Nancy Larson and Tom Jerow of Wisconsin’s Green Fire, discuss regulations that pertain to oil pipelines in Wisconsin. The two organizations have developed a series of guides available at    https://wigreenfire.org/guides-to-oil-pipeline-regulation-in-Wisconsin/

 

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WGF members and career biologists Karen Mesmer and Robert Rolley describe their recent adventure to the Falklands, South Georgia Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula as they kayak among whales, icebergs, and more penguins than Karen could count.

 

Robert and Karen provided these links to their Youtube videos to show more of their trip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-VWaV_NEYw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw6OpsUUYWY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3rI0UV0I8U

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The Wisconsin Conservation Congress has cancelled their traditional Spring Hearings in 2020 due to Covid-19. As in 2019 however, all Wisconsin residents may provide on-line input to the WCC Spring Questionnaire. Voting on the questionnaire closes on April 16th.

Wisconsin’s Green Fire recommends a no-vote on Question #15, which proposes eliminating Wisconsin’s four current deer management zones. The …

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