Author: Christy Newell, Research Assistant, Emerging Leaders Program

Thank you Senator Klobuchar!

Last week, Senator Klobuchar voted against a proposal from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul that would have increased pollution and threatened public health. Siri Simons, Campus Beyond Coal Co-Chair, and I stopped by Sentator Klobuchar’s Minneapolis office on Tuesday to show our generation’s appreciation for her commitment to protecting human health and the environment. We hand […]

Midwest Power Shift, a generation gets to work building its future

In October, I attended Midwest Power Shift, which lived up to the hype of being an epic and unprecedented gathering. Over 400 Midwest youth climate activists converged in Cleveland, Ohio for trainings and actions to move toward a clean and just energy future. The conference was evidence that our generation in these “fly over states” […]

Youth Leaders from the Across Minnesota Meet with U.S. Senators

Youth leaders in Minnesota have been active to ensure our U.S. Senators protect the Clean Air Act. From Collegeville to Crookston, we came to the Twin Cities to meet with our Senators’ staff and share why defending the Clean Air Act is so important to us, our generation, and the state of Minnesota. The Clean […]

New EPA Tool Makes it Easy for Minnesotans to See Clean Air Act Benefits

The Clean Air Act is known as one of the most successful public health programs in American history. With $30 in benefits for every dollar invested, it’s also one of the best investments Americans have made. Now, with a new tool, Clean Air Act Where You Live, provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we […]

EPA’s Climate Rule is Delayed, More of a Dangerous Trend

Image via: © 2006 Bruno & Lígia Rodrigues. 2006 On Thursday, the EPA announced another delay that is part of a dangerous trend. Just weeks after Obama chose to delay critical air quality standards for smog, his administration announced a delay for New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), which will help curb greenhouse gas emissions. “Greenhouse […]

Obama’s Delay Means More Sick People

Photo Credit: Nagyman Last Friday, President Obama chose to delay critical air quality standards for smog pollution. This decision comes as a blow to the environment and public health. In a statement from the White House, Obama sited concern for our recovering economy as reason to delay this public health protection stardard. Obama said, “Ultimately, […]

Cleaning the air with our 18 foot inhaler

Community Leaders and volunteers gather around a giant inhaler at Stewart Field to raise awareness the dangerous health problems of air pollution. Photo by Christy Newell, Will Steger Foundation Intern On Tuesday, Minneapolis residents protested dangerous air pollution from cars and coal-fired power plants with an 18-foot-tall human hand holding an asthma inhaler. Concerned citizens […]

Clean Air Act 101

What is the Clean Air Act? For forty years the Clean Air Act has given the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to set limits on harmful air pollutants. From mercury to lead, the EPA has enforced needed safeguards to ensure basic health and environmental protection from air pollution for all Americans. For this, it is […]

Community Gathers for Green Ideas and Ham Discussion

Sixty community members gathered last Tuesday morning for the Green Ideas and Ham Breakfast. Guests heard from Minnesota Department of Public Health Assistant Commissioner Aggie Leitheiser and public health professional and mother of a son with asthma, Shawna Hedlund. Following the presentations was a lively discussion about clean air in Minnesota, when guests had the […]