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How a Changing Climate Is Changing Our Wisconsin Way of Life

A Wisconsin Academy panel discussion hosted by Patty Loew
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

For this panel discussion hosted by Patty Loew, author and former co-host of In Wisconsin, three panelists provide perspective on how climate change is changing Wisconsin life and culture. In addition to addressing questions from the audience, panelists explore strategies for cultivating resilience in the face of rapid change, from shoring up food systems to conserving habitats that support vulnerable species. Panelists include:

  • Michelle Miller: Associate Director, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, UW–Madison. Miller discusses changes in agriculture, with stories of orcharders, growers, and grazers whose multi-generational cultivation of crops such as cherries, apples, and cranberries are faced with increasingly extreme weather and other climate-related challenges.
  • Jim St. Arnold: Program Director/Traditional Ecological Knowledge Coordinator, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission. St. Arnold shares the story of the challenges the Ojibwe face in continuing traditions of gathering wild rice, harvesting birch bark, and making maple syrup that are central to their culture, food sources, spiritual practice, and economic stability.
  • Stanley Temple: Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation, UW–Madison, and Senior Fellow, Aldo Leopold Foundation. Temple frames the discussion with a description of what climate change adaptation and mitigation looks like through the lens of ecology, ethics, and economics, including how hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation is affected by a changing climate.

Video provided courtesy of Wisconsin Public Television.


Patty Loew is a professor in the Medill School of Journalism and Director of the Indigenous Research Center at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Michelle Miller is Associate Director at the UW-Center for Agricultural Systems, the sustainable agriculture research center on the Madison campus. As a practicing anthropologist she engages in participatory research with Wisconsin farmers and UW researchers.

Jim St. Arnold, also known as Nigaanigiizhig, is Program Director and Traditional Ecological Knowledge Coordinator at the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission. A member of the wolf clan and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, St. Arnold served seven years on his tribal council and one year as tribal chairman.

Stanley A. Temple is the Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and former Chairman of the Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development Program in the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW–Madison.

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