Mark your calendar!
As you know, WAEE has partnered with the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters (WLCV) over the past several years to advocate for Environmental Education and specifically, for the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights. While the Bill of Rights was introduced (with great fan fair and celebration), sadly it was not passed during the past legislative session. It was a tough political climate. We will persevere. We will continue to raise awareness for EE with our legislators and decision-makers.
Here’s how you can help:
Attend the next WLCV priority listening session in your area!
- Viroqua – Tuesday, September 11, 6:30 p.m. – Western Technical College, 220 South Main Street
- La Crosse – Wednesday, September 12, 6:30 p.m. – La Crosse Public Library, 800 Main Street
- Sheboygan – Monday, September 17, 6:30 p.m. – Mead Public Library, 710 North 8th Street
- Milwaukee – Wednesday, September 19, 6:30 p.m. – Urban Ecology Center, 1500 East Park Place
- Green Bay – Monday, September 24, 6:30 p.m. – Brown County Public Library, 515 Pine Street
- Fond du Lac – Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 p.m. – Fond du Lac Public Library, 32 Sheboygan Street
- Stevens Point – Wednesday, September 26, 6:00 p.m. – Portage County Public Library (Pinery Room), 1001 Main Street
- Ashland – Tuesday, October 2, 6:00 p.m. – Vaughn Public Library, 502 West Main Street
- Racine – Tuesday, October 2, 6:00 p.m. – Racine Public Library, 75 7th Street
What is this listening session?
Each legislative session, the WLCV goes around the state to speak with residents, conservationists, and people like you to get an understanding of the environmental issues and concerns we’re facing. From these sessions, the WLCV decides which topics to pursue with legislators and policy-makers.
Why is attending important?
WLCV is an significant partner for WAEE. They have the knowledge, staff, and savvy to help make things happen at the capitol. But they will not advocate for EE unless they hear from us just how important it is. These listening sessions are our best avenue to promoting EE with their help.
What should I say?
Just be yourself. Talk about the importance of EE in your life. Tell them the ways EE can help resolve, mitigate or raise awareness for the many environmental issues the state faces. Suggest that we push for passing the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights – or any other EE-specific legislation that is meaningful to you.
What happens after that?
Following all the listening sessions, the WLCV Board will determine which topics people are most energized about and which are most viable to engage in with legislators. I will keep you posted on their results!
Please consider taking a little time on [date] to speak up for EE! It could make the difference for EE on capitol hill!
There’s more information HERE. Or feel free to contact me with any questions.
WAEE Advocacy Committee Chair