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Youth Climate Justice Summit: When the youth come marching in

On March 6th, two hundred Minnesotan youth gathered together at the Youth Climate Justice Summit to lobby for their futures, justice, and climate change. They asked their legislators to support multiple topics, including the MN Green New Deal bill, a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women task force, ceasing the Line 3 replacement project, and the […]

Thank you for 100% Leadership!

Today, Governor Tim Walz announced a new legislative package to advance Minnesota’s standing as a leader in addressing climate change and facilitating the transition to an equitable, clean energy future. We applaud the requirement for our state’s electricity sector to provide 100% clean energy by 2050, putting us in leadership with other states across the […]

Your Window Into COP24: December 17

It’s official! The 156-page rulebook for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement is written and agreed upon by more than 190 participating countries. These rules will dictate how countries tackle climate change action beginning in 2020 and beyond. Climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete from the EU stated his view of the outcome: “We have a system […]

Your Window Into COP24: December 15

As we’re writing this, we don’t know the final outcome of COP24. While scheduled to finish Friday evening, the negotiations spilled over into the weekend as ministers attempt to come to agreement on several parts of the Paris Agreement rulebook. Late Friday night, large chunks of the rulebook were marked by empty square brackets, where […]

Hope and Gratitude

As I write this, the results of the conference are still unsure. The closing ceremony of COP24 was to start at 4 p.m. but it was delayed till 7 p.m. and now until 10 p.m. Regardless of the outcome of this political process, there are many things that continue to give me hope that we […]

Final Negotiations

I visited Auschwitz on the last morning of COP24. It was an incredibly moving experience. After getting through the ticketing process you enter the camp through the famous Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free) gate. The next two and a half hours were amazingly sad to see the facilities and learn more about how […]

Onward!

My last day here has been met with feelings of great opportunity and optimism, as well as uncertainty and despair for what lies ahead of us as a nation and global community in the decades ahead. The majority of scientists, researchers, activists, and diplomats I’ve met over this trip have privately explained that the effects […]

Your Window Into COP24: December 14

Yesterday was Education Day at COP24. Simply put, this theme communicates that the more you know, the more you can do to realize the resilient, equitable, renewable energy world we have all dreamed of. This video by the UNFCCC collects the sentiment of Education Day from young leaders at COP24. Multiple events highlighted the critical […]

Foodies Unite!

Today was by far my most thrilling day of COP24. When I started researching livestock’s effect on climate change, I leaned heavily on the research coming out of Oxford University’s School of Food. The lead researcher, Marco Springmann, was part of a panel today that included food experts from around the world. His findings have […]

Inspired

Today was a day of inspiration. My morning started with a plenary by former Vice President, Al Gore. In a presentation that lasted over an hour, he made a compelling case for why climate change is the greatest moral crisis of our time. Similar to his documentaries, but updated with the latest information and events, […]