“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” -Native American Proverb
It seems like just yesterday I was a kid fishing with my grandpa in the backwaters of the Mississippi River. At the time, it felt like summer would go on forever.
I’m sure you also cherish memories of playing outside as a child. Maybe like me, after a long day of playing, the adults in your lives were there to make sure your left your soiled shoes at the door and washed your hands before dinner. They looked after us.
Today, the stakes are higher than ever before. Pollution from nitrates and emerging contaminants like PFAS make the tap water undrinkable in tens of thousands of homes around our state. Communities from Superior to Burlington have struggled with flooding brought on by climate change. Kids and adults alike in communities along Lake Michigan have difficulties breathing due to unsafe levels of smog.
The challenges we face are monumental. In many ways, no other generation in history has faced greater odds. From tackling climate change to protecting clean drinking water, it’s going to take all of us working together to give our kids a planet that is healthy, safe, and sustainable.
But in the last 10 months, Clean Wisconsin has been working with leaders like Gov. Evers to shift the course of environmental protection in Wisconsin for the better. Wisconsin is on course to once again to be a leader on environmental issues. From drinking water pollution, to climate change and clean energy, our mission has always been about protecting you and your family. Because our kids and grandkids are looking to us to leave them with a world that is better off than it is now.
And we cannot do it without you.
Please consider sending Clean Wisconsin an end of year gift to support our policy, legal, and science teams who are doing the critical work of advocating and litigating for the future, making sure our water, air, and natural heritage are clean, healthy and safe for the next generation.
Your kids are watching. What kind of planet will you leave them?
Clean Wisconsin President & CEO