Across Wisconsin, climate advocacy is deeply ingrained throughout the state’s people, culture, and history. From the seminal ecological stewardship of the First Nations, to the Father of National Parks in John Muir, and the creator of Earth Day in Gaylord Nelson, Wisconsin’s rich history in environmental activism lays the foundation of our efforts.
Under the Wisconsin Idea, a University of Wisconsin education should influence the lives of all far beyond the classroom. The Class of 2022 resolutely believes in the evolution of the Wisconsin Idea into serving as a model for nations in combating global issues. From Wisconsin to the World, we envision UW evolving into a global leader in climate innovation, research, and activism.
By financially supporting companies that are heavily engaged in the fossil fuel industry, UW-Madison directly contradicts its mission of “ensuring the survival of this and future generations and improving the quality of life for all.” Resultantly, we demand the UW System and WFAA divest its endowment and subsequent investments from the fossil fuel industry. To read our full statement on divestment, click here.
100% Renewable UW-Madison
With the goal of reestablishing UW-Madison as a champion of climate action, the 2022 Senior Class Office has collaborated with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Office of Sustainability in developing UW’s climate resiliency strategy. This framework for achieving carbon neutrality includes improvements to UW’s green infrastructure, land sequestration, research, and innovation. Reach out to Josh Arnold and Nathan Jandl for more information.