On Tuesday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson spoke at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities about the role of science in public health and environmental protection policy. The audience also got a glimpse of Jackson’s personal life. She shared the story of her own son who suffers from asthma and her favorite policy, […]
With the start of 2012, I thought it would be useful to highlight the positive actions taking place right now to transition Minnesota towards clean energy. Minnesotans spend at least $20 billion a year for energy. Most of that money goes to other states that are rich in fossil fuels and leaves Minnesota with polluted […]
The Will Steger Foundation Applauds Obama Administration Decision to Cut Toxic Emissions from Dirty Power Plants. On December 21, 2011, the Will Steger Foundation along with other Minnesota public health and environment groups are applauding new public health safeguards that will protect kids and families from dangerous air pollution caused by emissions of mercury and […]
Today, we stopped by Senator Klobuchar’s office to deliver 1,145 postcards signed by young people across the state urging her to protect the Clean Air Act. Young people in Minnesota need Sen. Klobuchar to stand up for our future and be a champion for clean air safeguards. Any delays or compromises will jeopardize our health […]
This year’s UN climate conference – the longest to date – concluded in Durban at 6am Sunday morning after a second all night session of negotiating.
Perspectives from a Youth Climate Leader and the U.S. Lead Negotiator, Todd Stern Abigail Borah, Middlebury College student delivered (unauthorized) remarks to the plenary on behalf of the American people just before Todd Stern, representing the U.S. State Department: “I am speaking on behalf of the United States of America because my negotiators cannot. The […]
MN 350 banner in the march! On Saturday Dec. 3rd, a march of COP attendees and South Africans went through the city of Durban asking for action and progress in the negotiations. Ordinary people including peasant farmers and women from South African rural communities joined with people from around the world to make sure their […]
On November 28th, the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) began in Durban, South Africa. The UN Climate Talks will span two weeks and include delegates from 194 countries but also hundreds of public interest organizations and thousands of activists from around the world will […]
Last Wednesday, young people across Minnesota participated in a statewide call-in day for clean air. Over 400 people picked up their phones to thank Senator Klobuchar for voting against Senator Paul’s recent dirty air initiative and to urge her to continue to reject further attacks.
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” […]