Target: Wisconsin State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk
Goal: Don’t ban discussion of climate change and global warming in department charged with managing state lands.
“Climate change” can no longer be discussed by state workers in a Wisconsin public land management department, according to a ban put in place by state Republicans. This is a ridiculous politicization of what should be a completely apolitical issue. Demand that this ban on discussing the effects of climate change be lifted at once.
The ban that Wisconsin has instated is a more explicitly far-reaching version of a similar one recently reported in Florida. Voted into effect by the Republicans in charge of the state’s public land management agency, the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, the ban prevents the department staff from discussing, or ever doing any work related to the effects of, climate change.
State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk, the man who conceived of the ban, rationalized it by saying that such matters were “not a part of [the agency’s] sole mission.” Unfortunately, that is patently false, given the agency’s task of managing the state’s public lands and the forests therein, which will no doubt be impacted by the effects of climate change as time goes on.
People in charge of lands, forests, and natural resources need to be able to confront and prepare for the realities of climate change without encumbrance and political machinations. Unfortunately, those with that responsibility in Wisconsin can no longer do that. Sign the petition below to demand that Treasurer Adamczyk rescind this ridiculous ban at once.
Dear Treasurer Adamczyk,
I am writing you today regarding the ban you recently enacted against the staff of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands using the phrase “climate change” or doing work relating to the issue. This is a flagrantly petty politicization of a very serious issue, and should be dismantled at once.
Climate change is accepted scientific fact. It is happening whether you believe it or not. Sweeping it under the rug is not going to make it go away. Indeed, despite your contention that it is irrelevant to the duties of your agency, climate change stands to have a drastic impact on Wisconsin’s land.
Your agency, for instance, still receives money to fund your state’s school facilities from the timber industries that work on the public lands it manages. How do you expect that income to fare when climate change gradually kills off much of yours state’s forests through drought, wildfire, and temperature increase?
Climate change, and the problems it will create, are very much relevant to the duties of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. Preventing your staff from being able to discuss it and work to mitigate its impact on your lands does your state a huge disservice. I demand that you rescind this petty ban immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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