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Climate Action Gains Momentum

Letter from the Executive Director Governor Mark Dayton receives thousands of postcards urging his climate and clean energy leadership. In his inaugural address, President Obama pledged to respond to climate change “knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” Then, in his State of the Union address, he outlined […]

New Year, New Energy

Letter from the Executive Director 2012 was a year for the record books.  It was the hottest year on record in the U.S, the Arctic sea ice shrunk to a record low, Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are now losing three times as much ice each year as they did in the 1990s, and global […]

Bishop, Polar Explorer, Scientist address Climate Change

Letter from the Executive Director Volunteers and WSF staff greet guests at the Chasing Ice reception. Copyright 2012 John Ratzloff. When the New Ulm journal published the headline: Polar explorer, scientist, bishop to address climate change, we knew we were pulling together a diversity of voices for climate action. Our efforts to bring strong voices […]

Free Forums and Film Premiere

Letter from the Executive Director Image credit: GOES satellite image provided by NASA. Hurricane Sandy churns off the East Coast on Monday morning, Oct. 29, 2012. In his acceptance speech last week, President Obama clearly stated: “We want our children to live in an America…that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.” […]

Clean Energy Takes Off

Letter from the Executive Director The central challenge of the 21st century is creating an energy system that enables economic growth without irreversible climate change. While climate change continues, we do have a maturing clean energy industry. Back in 2004, for instance, global investment in clean energy totaled $53 billion, but that figure ballooned to […]

Free Fall Forums and more!

Letter from the Executive Director Earlier this month I biked 300 miles along California’s coast with Board member David Bryan. Among many other things, the ride allowed me to understand a bit more about what brings people like Dave and the other 130+ riders to this issue. I was reminded over and over again why […]

Educators Tackle Climate Change

Letter from the Executive Director “Climate change is here – and worse than we thought” according to Dr. James Hansen, NASA scientist in a recent Washington Post Opinion piece. In late July, NASA revealed that Greenland’s surface ice is melting over a larger area than they have ever seen. On average in the summer about […]

Extreme Summer

Letter from the Executive Director 40,000 heat records have already been broken this year across the U.S. according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This year has definitely brought the U.S. the broad spectrum of extreme weather events that climate scientists have warned about for years. “This is what global warming looks like at the […]

The Power of Partnership

Letter from the Executive Director Carbon dioxide levels in the Arctic have now reached 400 ppm and climate scientists consider 350 ppm to be the safe level to avoid catastrophic changes. What does this mean? It means a number of important things – but what stands out is that the amount of CO2  in the […]

Working Together Gets Results

Letter from the Executive Director We had a wonderful donor appreciation event earlier this month. Over 50 friends and supporters joined us for a sustainable breakfast and presentation from WSF staff on our programs and recent accomplishments. Thank you again to those who joined us for this new annual event! If you pay attention to […]