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MN High Schooler Testifies in Defense of Statewide Coal Moratorium

Cole Norgaarden, a 10th grader at the Blake School in Minneapolis, testified Thursday, Jan. 27 at the Minnesota House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee during the hearing of House File 72. The bill proposes to repeal a Minnesota statute that limits carbon dioxide emissions by utilities. Cole is co-chair of Youth […]

Rust Belt Youth Buckle Down on a Clean and Just Energy Future

Driving through the night across Ohio and up through Michigan from Cleveland to Detroit on Friday with four of the most amazing women I have ever met, I was stunned and awed by the industry and power production surrounding us on all sides. Bright lights, flares and billowing smoke flooded the otherwise peaceful, moonlit night […]

Grants Through Climate Generation Program

What would you do to address climate change if money wasn’t an obstacle? For many young people passionate about the environment, ideas are not what’s lacking. It’s the means to make these ideas a reality that stands in the way of effective leadership and implementation. Of course there is mentorship, skills training, community support, time […]

Optimism in the Face of a Daunting Future

Will Steger Foundation is a proud supporter of youth participation in UNFCCC international climate negotiation. A safe and healthy future for young people across the globe depends on the choices being made right now. While a commitment to behavior change on the part of individuals is critical, it is our policy makers that hold the […]

Not What I Expected: Reflections on COP16

Dear Friends, It’s 2:10 am and I should be dead tired and crashing after another tiring, long day of COP 16, but something remarkable just happened and I’m wide awake and in awe of what I just witnessed. What just happened could just be that Bucky Fuller trimtab moment that all good RESULTS volunteers know […]

Transforming the Future: Midwest Youth Orgs Receive Funding for Visionary Climate Solutions

Let me tell you a story. It’s a classic tale of the ‘Hero’s Journey’: persevering against the odds, navigating obstacles that lie in the path, gathering allies, and being transformed through the experience of the journey. These heroes are not brandishing swords, light sabers, or magic wands. They are the young people in our midst […]

Copenhagen to Cancun: Reflections from a Midwest Youth Climate Leader

One year ago today, a team of intelligent and dynamic Midwest youth were preparing for an expedition that would impact their lives forever. These twelve young leaders, hailing from seven different states set aside their studies, their work, and their personal lives for an intense immersion experience in the COP15 UNFCCC international climate negotiations, as […]

First Annual Green Schools Youth Summit

National Youth Leaders present at Green Schools National Conference The Will Steger Foundation was proud to co-sponsor the first annual Green Schools National Youth Summit in partnership with the Green Schools National Network, in conjunction with the first annual National Green Schools Conference, featuring keynote speakers Will Steger and Phillipe Cousteau. Of the 100+ students […]