By Molly Beck
MADISON – In a subtle rebuke of his predecessor, Gov. Tony Evers is asking Wisconsin school children to send him science-related ornaments to hang on a two-story tall evergreen in the state Capitol he’s calling a “Holiday Tree.”
Evers announced Friday the theme of this year’s tree is “Celebrate Science,” which the Democratic governor has repeatedly said his administration would do after the state Department of Natural Resources under former Gov. Scott Walker lost science positions at the agency where biologists, ecologists and engineers play key roles in managing natural resources and enforcing pollution laws.
“I first began my career as a science teacher in Baraboo, so I know how important science is to the future of our state,” Evers said in a statement. “From computer science to dairy science, to clean water and natural resources, to sustainability and renewable energies, this year we want students to make holiday ornaments that celebrate what science means to them, their families, and their communities.”
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