Big Red Go Green - Sustainable U

The way we live our lives is putting our environment and public health at risk.  Global warming, caused largely by our reliance on fossil fuels, threatens to wreak havoc on our climate and way of life.  Air pollution causes asthma and respiratory diseases.  Mining and drilling continually threaten our oceans, waterways and landscapes.  Trash pollutes our water and uses valuable land.  

Fortunately, we both have solutions to these problems and have a long track record of being able to solve other environmental problems.  While we don't have every solution we'll ever need to stop global warming, stop trashing our communities and stop destroying our forests, we have a lot of them right now.  We can make plug-in hybrids that get more than 100 miles to the gallon and electric cars that use no gas.  We can harness the power of the sun and wind across the country to get our power without the dangers of oil and gas drilling or the destruction of coal mining.  And, we can make homes that are so efficient in how they use energy that they can produce everything they need on site.  We can also re-use, re-cycle, compost or simply avoid using most of the trash that's being thrown in landfills, incinerated or floating away into the trash island by simply changing the way we create products and handle them after their first use. 

Simply put, we have the resources and technology to solve nearly all of these problems and the ingenuity to figure out the solutions to the rest.  We simply need to build the political will to put these solutions into action across the country.  The polluting industries that cause these problems both have a ton of influence in Washington and in the states and have been doing everything they can to convince the country that a sustainable future isn't in the cards.  That leaves us in a situation where our neighbors think solving environmental problems can only happen at the expense of economic progress and our political leaders are unwilling to act.  

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Corporate, Democracy, Energy, Foods, Higher Ed, Hunger, Oceans, Parks, Sustainability, Textbooks, Transit, Waste

We couldn't have done it without you | Matt Kozlowski

Hi,

Thanks for being part of WISPIRG and helping make 2011 such a success.

Check out some of our highlights from the year:

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Corporate, Democracy, Energy, Foods, Higher Ed, Hunger, Oceans, Parks, Sustainability, Textbooks, Transit, Waste

Tuesday Kickoff Meeting! | Meghan Ford

Hi,

WISPIRG Kickoff Meeting
Tuesday, September 27
7pm
103 Psychology
RSVP

Our Kickoff Meeting is Tuesday night. I hope you can come hear what we have planned and get involved in our fall campaigns.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Corporate, Democracy, Energy, Foods, Higher Ed, Hunger, Oceans, Parks, Sustainability, Textbooks, Transit, Waste

Kickoff Meeting | Jessie Mauser

Hi,

WISPIRG Kickoff Meeting
Thursday, September 22nd
6:00
CPS Building, Room 229
RSVP on Facebook

Our Kickoff Meeting is tomorrow night. I hope you can come hear what we have planned and get involved in our fall campaigns.

This fall we'll be volunteering in local soup kitchens, cutting wasteful spending on unhealthy foods, protecting Wisconsin's lakes, and more. We'd love your help.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Corporate, Democracy, Energy, Foods, Higher Ed, Hunger, Oceans, Parks, Sustainability, Textbooks, Transit, Waste

Internships Available | Jessie Mauser

Hi,

During tough budget negotiations this spring and summer we protected student aid for nearly 10 million students by stopping aggressive cuts to Pell grants. Together we saved student aid.

Now we’re working to cut the billions in wasteful government subsidies that make junk food cheaper than healthy food. As a WISPIRG intern you can help us win, learn skills, and get valuable experience working on a campaign.

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