The following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning with regards to the 46th anniversary of Earth Day -- a holiday founded by Wisconsin Democratic Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970:
"Wisconsinites love celebrating Earth Day. Our planet serves us all with its endless beauty and natural resources, and in a state as environmentally abundant as Wisconsin, many of us feel a true connection to the land. But this Earth Day, let’s celebrate our planet the most important way we can: devoting ourselves to protecting our environment from the deterioration it’s currently undergoing.
"As the Walker Administration continues to weaken the Department of Natural Resource’s ability to protect our lands, we must remind ourselves of the work we must do. We must maintain local control of our natural resources so that communities are able to protect their own quality of life. We must protect our public lands, ensuring families have a place to hunt, fish, camp, and enjoy the outdoors. We must push for a public health review of the effects of frac sand mining. And we must ensure that all of our citizens have equal access to clean air and clean water.
"In Wisconsin, our heritage, our legacy, rests in the great outdoors. As a Democrat, I’m proud to be working to protect the traditions and natural resources for generations to come."