Author: Katie Siegner, Communications Coordinator

The Great Northern Celebrates Minnesota Winters

There is a lot that’s great about Minnesota winters. The frosted, snowy tips of trees. The swoosh of skis across a quiet, muted landscape. The play of light across icy surfaces, and across the sky on cold, crisp days. The plethora of snow and ice related activities. The slower pace and bundled-up, coziness of the […]

Peace Coffee’s Wake Up Call Blend Addresses Climate-Coffee Link

Worldwide, 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed per day. Over 25 million people depend on coffee farms for their economic livelihood, and it’s estimated that 500 million people have some economic connection to coffee. That’s 1 in 12 people. So when we hear that climate change is projected to cut the global area suitable […]

Bent Paddle Brewing Company: Brewing for a Better Climate

In the summer of 2015, as drought swept across the northwestern U.S. – where the vast majority of American hop production is centered – the question of climate change impacts on craft brewing hit home for many brewers and beer drinkers. As early as 2011, the sustainability director of New Belgium Brewery proclaimed that, “if […]

After the Flood

There are days where it is hard to wake up in this imperfect world we live in. The hard realities of fear, intolerance, degradation and prejudice are closer to the surface. Today is one of those days. The spectrum of emotions, from disbelief to deep sadness, is real and powerful, and it has left many […]

A School for Climate Solutions

As teachers gathered for the Lowell School Climate Change Education Summit on Friday, November, 4, they faced a timeline spanning from 300 BC to 2100. The teachers represented all disciplines of the middle school at Lowell, a small independent school in Washington, D.C. We all met in the home of 7th and 8th grade Humanities […]

Paris Agreement Builds Momentum Towards Ratification

Today, September 21, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened a special event – the “High-Level Event on Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change” – to speed the ratification of the historic international climate agreement finalized at COP21 last December. The Paris Agreement enters into force once at least 55 countries, representing […]

The Journey is the Destination

From August 3-7, Communications Coordinator Katie Siegner participated in Climate Ride’s Climate Hike through Glacier National Park, hiking 43 miles through the park’s iconic – and threatened – environment. This reflection is based on her journal. On the 17-hour drive home from Glacier, Megan and I listened to a podcast interviewing the Brazilian novelist Paulo […]

“Actúa Por El Clima”

I was not expecting to see the hashtag “#ActúaPorElClima” (ActOnClimate) on my trip to the Galapagos. Travelling with my sister to Darwin’s Enchanted Isles for her research project on local food production, I was struck by how many people named climate change as an issue of concern for these islands, and how well-informed people seemed […]

Clean Power Plan: Where Are We Now?

It seems like a story about a new clean energy project in Minnesota is surfacing every day. From the explosion of community solar gardens, to utility-scale solar projects, to a planned wind-solar hybrid project, the news indicates that our clean energy economy is taking off, and will not be slowing down any time soon. However, […]

Able Brewing Event Embodies Wilderness Ethos, Local Climate Solutions

Like the well-crafted beer that Able Seedhouse & Brewery serves, all of the elements of their Pillows & Pints Ski Movie Night on February 11 mixed seamlessly together to create an inspiring evening celebrating outdoor adventure and local climate actions. The event featured tables from outdoor retailers Patagonia St. Paul, Askov Finlayson – showcasing their […]