Dear Editor: Kudos to the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty members for unanimously passing a resolution to become carbon neutral by 2050 or sooner! You have positioned yourselves and the university as leaders not only in our community, but leaders in our state.

According to the 2016 Yale Climate Opinion Maps, Dane County leads the state in the number of adults who believe global warming is happening. An estimated 73 percent of people in Dane County support requiring utilities to produce 20 percent of electricity from renewable sources. People in our county support clean energy.

The science cannot be denied. Last week The New York Times published that 13 federal agencies released an extensive scientific report that says “humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise.” On Nov. 9, the British Medical Journal the Lancet published its 2017 Countdown report on the threat to human health from climate change.

Climate change is more aptly described as the climate crisis. We are at a tipping point. The time to act is now.

I urge businesses and institutions in our community to follow the lead of UW-Madison faculty. It’s time to make a bright, sustainable future for our community and our planet a reality.

Rona Lukazewski

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