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Photo from Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes' Facebook page from June 2019 visit to Bad River, Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands, and Frog Bay Tribal National Park with the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

WI - Lt. Gov. Barnes: Wisconsin, it’s time to talk climate change

Next week the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change will hold two listening sessions — virtually — to hear how Wisconsinites are being affected by climate change, as well as soliciting ideas for solutions that state officials might be able to act upon.

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and other task force members will be participating, and the listening sessions will also include presentations on local leadership, as well as opportunities for participants to break into groups, provide commentary and recommendations, according to Barnes’ office. “The listening sessions are completely open to the public, and all Wisconsinites are encouraged to attend — particularly those from low-income communities and communities of color,” it stated in a press release.

“Through my work and travels as Lieutenant Governor, I have witnessed firsthand the impacts the climate crisis is having on our communities, our health, and our economy,” writes Barnes to introduce the task force. “I have met with farmers whose livelihoods were destroyed by extreme weather events. I have heard from local officials who are gravely concerned about how climate change will affect local tourism. I have learned from health professionals that the climate crisis is the largest public health threat we face.