In 2000, Wisconsin’s
Department of Natural Resources published a report on what climate
change could mean to Wisconsin entitled: Warming Trends. Citing
research from many organizations including those mentioned above,
the DNR outlined “credible scenarios” in which Wisconsin
could see a host of weather related phenomena, some dangerous
to human health and costing the state untold millions in damages.
As a result of a tidal wave of evidence that governmental initiative
was required the State of Wisconsin and the City of Madison adopted
policy measures to address Wisconsin’s contribution to
global climate change.
The goal of WIPL is
to move Wisconsin to meet and exceed the protocols to reduce
world-wide emissions of green house gases established in the
1997 United Nations Kyoto Treaty. Understanding that Kyoto was
intended to be the first step towards sustainability, WIPL recognizes
the need of evolving past a fossil fuel economy by 2050.