Local citizens are bringing attention to climate change issues that Wisconsin is facing

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People in Eau Claire are bringing attention to the growing problem of climate change

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Local citizens are bringing attention to climate change issues that Wisconsin is facing

Seasonal Resurgence by Holli Jacobson, a local Eau Claire artist who paints about climate change.

Seasonal Resurgence by Holli Jacobson, a local Eau Claire artist who paints about climate change.

©Holli Jacobson 2016

Seasonal Resurgence by Holli Jacobson, a local Eau Claire artist who paints about climate change.

©Holli Jacobson 2016

©Holli Jacobson 2016

Seasonal Resurgence by Holli Jacobson, a local Eau Claire artist who paints about climate change.

Wisconsin’s climate is changing. According to the United States Environmental Protection agency, most of the state has warmed about two degrees in the past century. Local professors, artists and students are looking to bring attention to the growing issues.

James Boulter, an associate chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, said he’s surprised by the havoc climate change already has on the environment. Boulter has been giving climate change talks for twenty years and thought climate change would only be an issue for future generations.  The city as a whole is looking to make changes too. By a unanimous vote at the end of March, Eau Claire City Council passed a resolution, setting a timeline to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050 at both municipal and citywide levels; and to achieve 100 percent renewable energy for both the municipal government and citywide by 2050.