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Local climate change expert encouraged by political conversation on topicSubmitted: 11/19/2019
Dan Hagen
Dan Hagen
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dhagen@wjfw.com

Local climate change expert encouraged by political conversation on topic
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MINOCQUA - More than 11 thousand scientists signed a letter declaring the world is in a climate crisis. A retired science professor in the Northwoods held a seminar Monday at Minocqua Public Library about why there are reasons to be concerned and optimistic.

Speaker David Barnhill said extreme weather events like deadly hurricanes and wildfires are becoming the new normal. It will also be one of the hottest years on record.

But Barnhill said there have been many positive steps this year, including heightened activism and the Green New Deal.

"[The Green New Deal] is aimed at creating millions of jobs," said Barnhill. "It is aimed at promoting unions. It is aimed at supporting social justice at the same time that is working seriously on the climate."


Barnhill said the Green New Deal brought climate to the forefront of presidential debates, something that hasn't happened before.

"[The Green New Deal] has inspired democratic candidates to come up with their own plan, many of which are really ambitious which has never come up in a democratic event," said Barnhill.

Barnhill said people can follow climate news in Northern Wisconsin by going to the Northwoods Climate Action Facebook page.

Barnhill was the Director of Environmental Studies at UW-Oshkosh. He now lives in Hazelhurst.

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According to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office the class will be a two day event on Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24.

Course times will run from nine a.m. until one p.m. at the Oneida County Law Enforcement Center in Rhinelander.

Having a boater safety license is required for anyone born after January 1st, 1989.

Then, an hour after the Boater Safety courses wrap up, the sheriff's department is also sponsoring an ATV/UTV safety course.

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The class is held on July 23 and 24 from two p.m. until six p.m.

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And if you were born after January 1st, 1988, you must complete the safety certification course to ride on public trails and areas in Wisconsin.

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Whether it's the hunters safety course, boater's safety course or ATV/UTV safety course.

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You must register in advance for any course you choose to take.

That can be done on the Wisconsin DNR Go Wild Website. 



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