Arctic ice loses its reflective sheen

Letter from the Executive Director

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Image via: New Scientist

Arctic ice is losing its reflective sheen. It’s common knowledge that each summer, more and more of the ice melts leaving the dark waters of the ocean uncovered, which accelerates climate change by reducing the amount of solar radiation reflected back into space. Now it turns out that the surviving sea ice is also becoming darker and less reflective. For the first time, a detailed analysis of 30 years of satellite data for the Arctic Ocean has quantified how much the albedo, or reflectivity, of Arctic ice is diminishing according to a New Scientist article. The melting and darkening of the Arctic is a major factor in climate change. Will Steger has been educating hundreds of people about the connection between the melting Arctic and climate change, and these changes reinforce his message.

On July 31, Governor Dayton joined a group of 14 governors in sending a letter to the White House applauding President Obama’s Climate Action Plan “and the federal leadership it brings in response to the growing threats posed by climate change.” This isn’t the first time Governor Dayton has spoken out on clean energy and climate. In his State of the State speech earlier this year, Governor Dayton urged the Minnesota Legislature to move forward in a bipartisan fashion to take the next big steps forward on clean energy jobs and addressing climate change. On Earth Day this year, in the Capitol Rotunda, Governor Dayton told an audience of 650 clean energy and jobs supporters that “I would like to see Minnesota…set a goal of eliminating all power from coal-fired plants.” Read the governors’ letter


Nicole Rom, Executive Director

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50 educators joined us for our Summer Institute for Climate Change Education on the Mississippi River this August 6-7.  Stay tuned for a complete recap!

Join us at the Minnesota State Fair on the Sustainability Stage of the Eco Experience to view youth produced videos on climate change solutions!

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Emerging Leaders

The WSF Emerging Leaders program is excited to hire two new staff to start this fall. Our YEA! MN Program will welcome a new Program Coordinator to support student led action projects in 10 Twin Cities high schools and mentor the student-led steering committee. The new Youth Climate Coordinator position will work closely with our Youth Programs Director to expand our regional programming with a focus on building a stronger Midwest youth climate movement and fostering increased cross-generational collaboration.

PowershiftimageWe are proud to partner with the Energy Action Coalition to bring thousands of young people from the Midwest to Power Shift 2013, a national youth climate summit in Pittsburgh, PA. More than ten thousand youth leaders from every walk of life — college students, young environmental justice leaders, young people of faith, young workers will come together to learn from one another, to build and launch strategic campaigns in their own communities. We are working closely with the MN Youth Environmental Network, MN350 and the Sierra Student Coalition, to bring over 200 Minnesota youth to this massive youth summit, including a delegation of high school students from our YEA! MN Program.

Read more and register here

In The News

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Will Steger is interviewed by the Star Tribune for a feature story on former expedition team member, Ann Bancroft. Read More

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Will Steger spoke at a “Dinner at the Lake” program at the Audubon Center of the Northwoods west of Sandstone, Minnesota. Read More


sierraclubTell Congress to increase environmental education and outdoor learning opportunities for public school students across the nation. Our K-12 students need your support to make sure they have opportunities to learn about the natural world, get outdoors and develop a foundation for success in the green economy. American students are lagging behind their international peers. Outdoor learning and environmental education have been shown to improve academic performance across subject areas and increase overall interest in learning among students.

Tell Congress to support the No Child Left Inside Act of 2013 to prepare today’s students to tackle tomorrow’s environmental challenges and compete in the green economy.

To take action on this issue, visit the Sierra Club’s website for more info

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Upcoming Event! Clean Energy, Climate, and Health: free public forum September 15 in Granite Falls with polar explorer Will Steger and Fresh Energy’s J. Drake Hamilton. Stay tuned for more details about this forum and more!

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50 educators joined us for our Summer Institute for Climate Change Education
on the Mississippi River this August 6-7. 


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