Taking action on climate change has never been more crucial and doing so can lead to healthier communities, economies, and environments across our state. Join us on April 7 from 7:00–8:15pm CT for an evening of conversation with leaders involved in developing Wisconsin’s energy and climate solutions.
The world’s top climate scientists have told us we have a ten-year window to make rapid reductions in the carbon pollution causing global warming in order to hold the warming to the low end of under 3 degrees F. If we don’t, we will severely destabilize the global climate, leading to extreme weather, droughts, floods and sea-level rise that will be increasingly hard for humans to manage.
Why state-level and local action?
The very good news on climate is that a whole suite of clean energy solutions—from solar to wind to battery storage to electric vehicles and more—have gotten cheap and are getting cheaper. In many markets, these solutions now cost substantially less than fossil fuel alternatives. Rising state and local action around climate solutions could open the road to “solve climate”—the energy side—over the next decade.
A global dialog
To focus the world on regional-level and local solutions, the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College is organizing simultaneous “global dialog” webinars, one in fifty different countries, and in every US state. On April 7, we will join in the chorus of climate solutions experts worldwide to discuss ambitious but feasible state-level actions their state to spur a just, green recovery to get the world on track to solving climate by 2030.
Faculty and teachers at all levels and across the curriculum can assign viewing of our webinar live or recorded as homework, and then spend the next class discussing climate solutions. The challenges posed by solving climate change necessarily range across history, science, business, culture, economics, psychology, religion, government, media, journalism and the arts. Solve Climate has disciplinary guides for follow-up discussion here for the state-level, solutions-focused webinars.
UW–Madison Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
Morgan Edwards is an Assistant Professor a the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs. Her research and teaching focus on human-centered energy responses to the climate crisis across policymaking scales. She draws on mixed quantitative and qualitative methods, combining large datasets and community knowledge with systems modeling, to assess and track the multi-dimensional impacts of human energy use. Current projects focus on fixing leaks in natural gas distribution systems, accelerating the phase-out of coal power plants, and assessing the equity implications of large-scale use of negative emissions technologies.
Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor
Mandela Barnes serves as Wisconsin’s 45th Lieutenant Governor. He is the first African-American to serve as a Lieutenant Governor in Wisconsin, and the second African-American to ever hold statewide office. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Lt. Gov. Barnes is the son of a public-school teacher and a United Auto Workers member, to whom he credits much of his success.
Lt. Gov. Barnes is an alumnus of Alabama A&M University. After his time there, he worked for various political campaigns and in the city of Milwaukee mayor’s office, eventually becoming an organizer for Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope, a Milwaukee-based interfaith coalition that advocates social justice. He also worked for the State Innovation Exchange, a national progressive public policy organization.
In 2012, Lt. Gov. Barnes was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, where he served two terms. His tenure in the State Assembly included serving as Chair of the Legislature’s Black and Latino Caucus and becoming a recognized leader on progressive economic policies and gun violence prevention legislation.
Within his current role, Lt. Gov. Barnes uses a platform of sustainability and equity to fight for solutions that invest in opportunities and fairness for every child, person, and family in Wisconsin, regardless of ZIP code.
Stephanie Janeth Salgado Altamirano
Member, Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change
Stephanie Janeth Salgado Altamiranois member of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change and co-founder of Wisconsin’s Youth Climate Action Team (YCAT). In 2019, Stephanie was selected by Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes to serve on the Task Force as the youngest member on the committee. She graduated from James Madison Memorial High School with honors and she was active in organizing youth during the September 2019 Climate Strike. She is currently studying Environmental Studies and Political Science at UW–Madison. Five years ago she moved with her family to the United States from Honduras. She is a co-author of the book Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from Madison and Milwaukee High Schools.
Dylan Bizhikiins Jennings
Director of Public Information, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
Dylan Bizhikiins Jennings earned his BA in Anthropology and Archaeology with certificates in American Indian Studies and Environmental Studies from UW–Madison in 2013. Before he became Director, Jennings served as an Outreach Specialist and as a Wildlife and Biological Services Intern with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC). Jennings’ experience in advocating for Anishinaabe language and Ojibwe culture includes work on projects such as The Ogichidaag Storytellers Video Series that provides educational videos about the history of Ojibwe treaty rights and subsistence in the Ceded Territories. Jennings served as a Tribal representative for the Regional Tribal Operations Committee for Region 5 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is a former Tribal Council Member for Bad River Band, and currently serves on Governor Ever’s Task Force on Climate Change.
Organizing and Political Director, Wisconsin Conservation Voters
As Organizing and Political Director, Seth works to ensure conservation champions are elected to local and state-level offices across Wisconsin. Seth leads a team of field organizers to develop and implement strategies that recruit new conservation voters, develop leaders, and engage activists on top conservation issues. He also serves as the Chair of the Green Bay Sustainability Commission.