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This April marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, founded by Wisconsin native Gaylord Nelson, a former governor and U.S. senator.
Join WisPolitics.com for a virtual lunchtime event on Tuesday, April 21 entitled “Earth Day: the Next 50 Years.” The program is set to run from noon to 1 p.m.
Headlining the hour-long discussion will be Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change, and state Rep. Mike Kuglitsch, R-New Berlin, chair of the Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities, and a member of the task force.
See more on Gov. Tony Evers’ Task Force on Climate Change:
After a half-hour of questions from WisPolitics.com and audience members, four experts will join in for the second half-hour, offering their perspectives on environmental, conservation, transportation and business trends over the next 50 years:
–Elizabeth Koehler, Wisconsin State Director, The Nature Conservancy https://www.nature.org/en-us/newsroom/new-wisconsin-state-director/
–Steve Nieland, Director of Energy Solutions, Faith Technologies https://blog.faithtechnologies.com/author/steve-nieland/
–Jane McCurry, Electric Vehicles Program Manager, RENEW Wisconsin https://www.renewwisconsin.org/renew-wisconsin-electric-vehicle-blog-introduction/
–And John Imes, Executive Director, Wisconsin Environmental Initiative https://www.weigogreener.org/about_bod.php
REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT, sponsored by Xcel Energy, AARP WI, Wisconsin Hospital Association, Husch Blackwell, American Family Insurance and Walmart, sponsors of the WisPolitics.com Madison Club event series, plus special event sponsors The Boldt Company, Outrider Foundation and Wisconsin Environmental Initiative.
On the morning of April 21, you will be sent a link to view the event.
See the links below for more on Earth Day:
– An introduction to Earth Day and Gaylord Nelson from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Wisconsin Historical Society: http://www.nelsonearthday.net/earth-day/
– A film from the Outrider Foundation: “When the Earth Moves”
– A WisPolitics.com interview with Tia Nelson, managing director of climate at the Outrider Foundation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PIQTNdRWzQ
– A recent profile of Tia Nelson in the Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine: https://dnr.wi.gov/wnrmag/2020/Spring/Conversation.html
– A chapter from “The Man from Clear Lake,” a biography of Gaylord Nelson by Bill Christofferson: https://www.wispolitics.com/books/#1566331163542-d8cb9637-3ae7
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