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Tribal Members To Be Part Of Climate Change Task Force


Two tribal members will be part of Wisconsin’s new Task Force on Climate Change.

Gov. Tony Evers created the group by executive order last week.

Dylan Jennings is one of the members.  He’s on the Bad River Tribal Council and works at the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.

“Our worldview as tribal communities, paired with the traditional knowledge that communities hold, is an excellent addition to the task force and should provide a very unique perspective,” Jennings said.

Evers called climate change a “grave threat” to health, safety, and economy in Wisconsin.

The Task Force will advise his administration on policy, work to reduce the state’s carbon footprint, and move toward more renewable energy.  Jennings believes a tribal viewpoint will help accomplish that.

“Our relationship with the environment has been rooted in reciprocity,” he said.  “It’s not about just taking.  It’s about that relationship with the environment.”

The Task Force will work with the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy and be chaired by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.

Forest County Potawatomi Attorney General Jeff Crawford will also serve on the Task Force.

Ben worked as the Special Topics Correspondent at WXPR from September 2019 until November 2021. He now contributes occasionally to WXPR. During his full-time employment, his main focus was reporting on environment and natural resources issues in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula as part of The Stream, a weekly series.
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