In Governor Dayton’s State of the State last evening he recognized Will Steger:
“No one can endure the severe droughts or floods of recent years or our milder snow-scarce winters without being greatly alarmed. Just talk with my good friend and world-premier polar explorer, Will Steger, about the drastic climate changes he has witnessed. Even more alarming is that our state and our nation are still not doing enough to reverse this path towards global catastrophe, before it is too late. We’ve made real progress with clean, renewable energy, instead of polluting fossil fuels…but are we progressing fast enough?”
For the past year the Will Steger Foundation has been working behind the scenes to provide Governor Dayton with compelling evidence of the massive public support for advancing renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions, and creating clean energy jobs. At the same time we have built this support through public outreach. Thousands of postcards collected at our fall forums were successfully delivered in a recent meeting with Governor Dayton, where we outlined why Minnesota is poised for climate action now and where we should be going next. The Governor responded to these efforts in his recent State of the State address.
This legislative session, we will be working with a broad coalition and Governor Dayton’s administration to support Minnesota’s existing clean energy and carbon reduction policies. We will heed his advice to “use our past achievements as springboards for Minnesota’s next big leap toward a sustainable energy future.” We will also galvanize our youth leaders through our Emerging Leaders Program to build a grassroots youth movement that expands what is politically possible in Minnesota. Governor Dayton has shown that he is responsive to youth concerns, which make the youth voice absolutely integral to his leadership.
Minnesotans have a rich history of coming together to advocate for common sense solutions. We believe that through collaboration around shared goals, the opportunity to create a clean energy economy is now.