Environment/Energy

When Ordinary People do Extraordinary Things

By Eric Hansen, Wisconsin-based author and activist

A few years back I walked 1,700 miles while researching Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula books, experiencing firsthand many of the magnificent shorelines, sparkling streams and memorable natural areas the current crude oil invasion threatens.

It is heartbreaking to imagine globs of spilled tar sands crude oil smothering those places — or an oil train explosion decimating one of our communities.

Help With Conservation Congress Citizen Resolutions

Last year, dozens of citizens around the state introduced citizen's resolutions at the Conservation Congress spring hearings. The hearings take place every April at the same time in each county of the state and are a place for the public to be heard on conservation issues. They typically draw people with "hook and bullet" concerns, which makes it an important opportunity for reaching this influential constituency with education about environmental issues in the state that threaten the ecosystems that wildlife (and people) depend on.

Groups ask EPA to investigate pollution caused by cattle farms - MJS 10/22/14

Six environmental groups on Wednesday asked the U.S.

Help Stop Frac Sand Trains -

Sign the CSWAB petition to support conservation of the Badger Ammo lands

We've got to stick together!

These little guys need your help.  Please sign the online petition urging National Parks to support conservation of the Badger Ammo lands, not an ATV track and gun range. Together, we can save the songs of Badger. 

 

Conservation Congress mining resolutions win big!

Photo: Defenders of the Harvest and Education Learning Project protest against mining at an Iron County Board meeting in 2013

Resolutions calling on the state to repeal the 2013 iron mining law, refuse any mining permits to Gogebic Taconite on state constitutional grounds, and undertake greater monitoring and oversight of air emissions at frac sand mines were each introduced by citizens at the Conservation Congress Spring Hearings in more than a third of Wisconsin's 72 counties, and passed by at least a 2:1 margin statewide! This huge success was due to the efforts of dozens of people around the state--many of whom had never been to a Conservation Congress hearing before this year--coordinated by WNPJ and the Sierra Club. 

Resolutions Against Mining at Conservation Congress

Concerned citizens around the state will introduce three mining-related resolutions at the Wisconsin Conservation Congress spring hearings, which take place on Monday, April 14, 7pm at locations in all 72 counties in the state. Volunteers are needed to introduce these resolutions in some counties, and everyone is encouraged to attend the hearings to support these resolutions. Click "Read more..." for info on how to volunteer.

Stop the Frac Attack on Local Democracy, Take 2!

Sen. Tom Tiffany has introduced a revised version of SB349, the "Kneecapping Local Communities Bill" from last session that took aim at the rights of rural communities to pass ordinances regulating frac sand mining and other industrial activities that impact the environment and public health. In response to the bill and the explosion of frac sand mines in the state, 75 groups signed onto a resolution by WNPJ's Environmental Working Group calling for a halt to the mining and attacks on local control. Tiffany's revised bill, SB632, narrows the scope to preventing local governments from enacting any regulations that prevent new frac sand mining or the expansion of existing mines. A public hearing on the bill will take place on Monday, March 3, at 12 noon in Room 412 East of the State Capitol. The Wisconsin Farmer's Union will also hold a Farm and Rural Lobby Day the next day, March 4, and this will be one of the issues.

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