Author: Nicole Ektnitphong, YEA! MN Coordinator

Preview of YEA! MN Network Meeting #1: Climate Literacy + Climate Justice

Join us for the first YEA! MN Network Meeting of the 2016-17 school year! Learning about the issue of climate change is an essential step to taking action and engaging in solutions. Our first session is on climate literacy and climate justice. On Wednesday, October 12 from 6-8:30 pm, we will be building relationships with […]

Meet the YEA! MN Core for 2016-17!

Elisabeth Andre Senior, DeLaSalle High School Elisabeth gained a lot of skills from participating in YEA! MN last year, such as how to be a leader, and how to become more comfortable talking in front of groups of people. She is inspired to do environmental work by thinking about future generations, and preserving natural beauty for […]

YEA! MN Coordinator on Glacier Ride 2016

From July 5-10, our YEA! MN Coordinator Nicole Ektnitphong participated in Climate Ride’s Glacier Ride, a 5-day, 250-mile charitable bike trip through Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. The following photo essay is based on excerpts from Nicole’s personal journal. Day 1: Tuesday, July 5 25.5 miles. Really great crew with helpful folks and supportive […]

A Year in Review: Reflections from Our YEA! MN Coordinator

I walked into the room with completely new faces and warm smiles around me. Chairs in a circle, Kendra and Addie – the 2015-16 YEA! MN Co-Chairs – introduced the new YEA! MN coordinator: me. This year in YEA! MN, we opened every meeting and gathering in a circle. Ask any student that has been […]

Building Relationships and a Movement for Environmental Justice

Relationships are at the heart of movement building. I believe that in order to win long-term change, we need to cultivate sustaining relationships to support the long-haul work that will get us there. We need one another to weather the storms of our world and move forward our visions for our communities. I’m excited to […]

Clean Power Plan: Not just an environmental but also a social-equity issue

“The good fight: Defend the Clean Power Plan” (editorial, Nov. 9) shared state Attorney General Lori Swanson’s active support for the Clean Power Plan and highlighted pushback from Republican legislators and several states filing lawsuits to block the plan. Look back in history and find that action for powerful, lasting social and environmental change comes […]