Thursday, September 26, 2019

Evers, Cole inserting DNR in env. justice and back into climate science

Glad to learn that the WI DNR is embracing a new and assertive climate science role.

I noted last week that Gov. Evers' refocused Wisconsin DNR had not yet updated a critical climate change information web page which Walker's DNR staff had scrubbed nearly three years ago of science, data and links to propel his sweeping dismissal of science and implement his dumbed-down 'chamber of commerce mentality.' 

So I was pleased to learn of two documents:

* First, an agency-wide email sent Monday by Secretary Preston Cole - - 
Preston D. Cole
- - which said the agency was in tune with the issue and its imperatives, and was moving forward with climate change programming based on science.
This message is being sent to all staff

There is a great deal happening at this very moment as it relates to climate change from Friday’s global climate strike by students, United Nations Climate Action Summit to National Clean Energy Week. 

As the climate discussion grows, on behalf of myself, Beth and Todd, I wanted to share with you the Department’s role in addressing climate change and clean energy in Wisconsin.

For starters, thank you for all that each of you do for building resiliency in our state as we strive to adapt to the profound impacts of climate change on our citizens and natural resources. Everyone is affected by climate change, but some people are more affected than others because of factors like where they live; their age, health, income or occupation; or how they go about their day-to-day lives.

The department’s mission requires us to ensure the right of all people to use and enjoy Wisconsin’s natural resources, so we must also recognize that people of color and low-income communities are often the hardest hit by the effects of climate change and act to remedy such injustices.

Please see the attached memo so you are aware of Gov. Evers’ clean energy and climate change goals and our direction. Continue to engage in discussions regarding the policy and management issues that should be considered through the lens of changing climate trends and modeled forecasts for the state.

As always, thank you for hard work throughout the year and your continued service excellence.

Preston D. Cole


* And, secondly, the screen shot below contains the heart of the memo Cole referenced in his email. It indicates that the DNR is taking concrete actions to move far beyond the dead Walker years, and will assertively advance an agenda on these issues into the realm of environmental justice as a right.

Which is absolutely breath-taking.

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