Thank you to our Conservation Advocates!
By Kerry Schumann, Executive Director, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters
It’s no secret — we saw more attacks on our air, land, and water during the 2015–2016 legislative session than ever before. Special interests like Big Ag and frac sand mining companies pushed their radical agendas at the expense of the people who live, work, and raise their families in Wisconsin.
From attempts to privatize our water systems to threats to our beautiful lakes, the legislation introduced over the last 15 months was wildly out of touch with the Wisconsin values we hold so dear.
Here’s what you may not know: without you, this legislative session would have been worse — a lot worse!
With every new attack on the environment you sprang into action. You met with legislators on Conservation Lobby Day, you wrote letters to your local newspapers, you sent letters and made phone calls to your decision makers, and you engaged your friends and family. In fact, you and your friends from all across the state sent an astounding 28,996 messages to your decision makers inside the Capitol during this legislative session.
Your work has made all the difference. Together, we have thwarted the worst of these attacks, like protecting the Stewardship Program, making vast improvements to the Polluter Grab Bag and Developer Grab Bag, and protecting our lakes from harmful plastic microbeads. That’s why we at Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters want to thank you for your continued advocacy for our natural resources.
Last week, leaders in the Senate and Assembly said they would not return to the floor for any additional votes — including on the dangerous Death by a Thousand Straws. The news that the legislature is nearing adjournment is welcome news to folks like you and me. We are getting out of this session bruised and battered — but far from broken. Time and again, the power of people prevails in our state.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be fully assessing this legsilative session, and you’ll be the first to know what we find out. But, for now, be proud of the work you have accomplished to fight back against one of the most anti-conservation legislatures in our history.