Environment/Energy

Savings from Solar investment more significant than many realize

By Rob Danielson, SOUL of Wisconsin

Rural families save money in three familiar ways.  They trade goods and labor rather than use cash; stock-up on staples when the prices are lower; and, if savings over time are substantial, they buy something now, and may even take out a loan to do so.  With solar, a family can exploit all three strategies.
 

Just when you thought it was over... An update from the Central Sands

Just in time for another holiday weekend here is the latest in the Richfield CAFO’s attempts to move forward despite our successes.  The DNR is poised to issue a modified WPDES permit (waste spreading) to the dairy without batting an eye or taking into

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. 

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