As I write this, we are grieving the death of Daunte Wright. Alongside our Minnesota community, we are beyond angered by the police violence and systemic racism that has cut short the life of another Black man. We call for justice. We call for accountability.
It’s exhausting to continually wake up to the systemic injustices that whirl around us. There are days where our work to build equitable climate solutions feels distant and removed, and other days where I am filled with hope, commitment, and energy for the work that is required of us.
Where am I finding hope and energy to move forward right now? First, next week we honor the 51st Earth Day, as well as the National Climate Summit that the Biden administration is convening to show the world that America is All In for climate action here at home — in solidarity with our global community as we prepare for the next U.N. climate summit, COP26, this November. We hope to be able to take a multi-sector delegation to this annual event, and applications open next week.
Second, I am really excited about the conversation and program we’ve pulled together for Voices to Power: Doing the Greatest Good for our Climate Future on April 22. In addition to being climate scientists, our guests Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Dr. Ben Santer are two people who embody the importance of using their voices to tell the truth about the climate crisis and show us what’s possible in building a better future that benefits all of us. You don’t want to miss this event. Tickets and our silent auction are both available now.
And finally, I draw the most hope from our passionate, committed, and growing team. This month we say goodbye to Kira Liu, our Sr. Community Engagement Coordinator, who joined us as a MN Green Corps member over three years ago and in her time she has supported our youth and community engagement initiatives, co-edited our EYEWITNESS book, and launched our Band Together podcast. We also officially welcome Seth Spencer to a full-time position as the Teach Climate Network Coordinator supporting our professional development offerings for educators, and Marie Fargo, our Climate Change Instructional Resources Coordinator, to refine, add and expand the curriculum offerings we provide teachers. Please join me in welcoming Seth and Marie!
I hope to see you virtually with us on Earth Day, April 22!