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Minnesota High School Senior Reflects on Power Shift 2011

I’m so tired, sore and exhausted. But with music, art and with my own two hands, I am ready to work for a better world. I NEED to work, do something to conserve and protect this planet Earth. The protests, the rallies, the petitions, the lobbying, the laws, it is not enough. For the survival […]

Power Shift 2011: Empowering, Transforming, Building a Movement

Where does the power of effective organizing begin? Is it born in the seed of a brilliant idea? Does come from the voice of our loudest leaders? How is it that a small group of committed citizens can indeed change the world? Marshall Ganz would argue that the power is born in the ‘Story of […]

Will Steger and Student Leaders meet with Governor Dayton in defense of Next Generation Energy Act

Student environmental leaders from across the Twin Cities teamed up with arctic explorer and climate change educator Will Steger on Friday, March 25, to encourage Minnesota governor Mark Dayton to support a clean energy future for Minnesota. Groups represented at the meeting include EcoWatch, Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), YEA! Minnesota, The Will Steger Foundation, Campus Beyond […]

Youth Launch Summer of Solutions Across the Nation

The power of the Millennial generation is not that we have Facebook or that we know how to use it. It’s that growing up in a networked world is allowing us to imagine and equipping us to implement people-oriented coordination of real-world action at a massive scale. At the center of this story is that […]

Empowering Young Change Makers Through YEA! MN

What if every young person in America believed that they were capable of changing the course of history? What if every high school student arrived at graduation day with an awareness of their own passion and a keen sense of their own potential to make the world a healthier and more just place? What if […]

Goa, India: Journals From a Climate Champion

I started the new year off with a with a whirlwind trip to Goa, India, world renowned holiday destination, biodiversity hotspot, and the location of the British Council’s 3rd Annual International Climate Camp. In Goa, I spent one week with 35 Climate Champions from 14 different countries: The U.S., Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Norway, Sweden, […]

New UN Report: Youth Worldwide Freaked Out by Climate Change, Taking Action

That’s the basic conclusion of a big new report by the United Nations on the impacts of climate change on youth and how young people around the world are reacting.   Why so much attention on youth? For starters, we’re celebrating the International Year of Youth from August 2010-2011, in case you’ve missed the party.

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 […]