Climate change is here.

Letter from the Executive Director

National Climate AssessmentThe National Climate Assessment Report came out last week and the main message is that climate change is happening now and is not a distant threat. According to the report, the Midwest emits 22 percent more greenhouse gases per person than the national average — mainly thanks to its reliance on burning coal for electricity. As clean energy gains popularity in the region, the Midwest has one quarter of the United States’ wind capacity and also a sizable potential for solar, which means it is poised for a transition to cleaner energy. The report is also an excellent resource for educators looking for locally relevant scientific information about climate change. Read our Director of Education’s first reflections on the report and stay tuned for upcoming resources being developed by WSF and partners in the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) specifically for educators.

The big news this week was two independent scientific studies confirmed that the West Antarctic ice sheet has begun an irreversible melt and  “has passed the point of no return,” triggering sea level rise of potentially more than 10 feet over the coming centuries. In his Eyewitness presentation, our founder Will Steger has long talked about the Western Antarctica ice sheet, Greenland ice cap, and permafrost thawing as major tipping points in the climate change fight.

Over 50 supporters joined us for our annual appreciation breakfast at the Red Stab Supperclub last month – thank you for continuing to invest in our work! We’re gearing up for our second bi-annual Brewing a Better Climate fundraiser, Monday June 2nd at Harriet Brewing. We hope to see you there!

Nicole Rom, Executive Director


Education

Summer Institute 2014Save $50 when you register for the Summer Institute!
Hurry! Register with a friend or colleague on or before Friday, May 16th and each will receive a $25 discount off your registration fees. This is in addition to our early-bird registration discount, which also expires May 16th. Learn more and register today!

Deadline Extended: Youth Voices of Change
Inspire that young environmentalist in your life with the chance to share their video with the world – Submit a video to Youth Voices of Change and be entered in the chance to win awards and great prizes. Extended Submission Deadline: Monday, May 26th (Memorial Day). Learn more and submit a video today!

On July 1 we will begin work on a new, exciting public education and outreach project funded through Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.  Read more about the project.  


Emerging Leaders

75 Youth Join Earth Day Summit with Governor Dayton 

Minnesota Youth Meet with Governor DaytonOur YEA! MN program was proud to co-host a youth summit with Governor Dayton and Will Steger two hours before the Clean Energy and Jobs Earth Day Rally at the MN State Capitol on April 22nd. 75 young people, mostly high school students, attended the event, pressing the Governor to step up his commitment to Minnesota’s clean energy future. The Governor spent 30 minutes with the group, answering questions and underscoring his commitment to defend the Next Generation Energy Act and champion a clean energy future for the next generation of Minnesotans. Governor Dayton went on to speak at the Clean Energy & Jobs Rally, along with Will Steger and Minneapolis South High School Senior Priyanka Zylstra.

Read more about the summit in this youth blog. Read Priyanka’s amazing speech that brought down the house! Watch the video recap of the day’s events

On May 22nd we will learn if our YEA! MN program is the Environmental Education Award winner for our partnership-based approach from Environmental Initiative!


In The News

KARE11Aspiring videographers and budding environmentalists in grades 4 through 12 are encouraged to submit their “Youth Voices for Change” videos that focus on either action or awareness regarding climate change. Read More…


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Brewing a Better Climate

Join us on Monday, June 2nd at Harriet Brewing for good music and good beer to raise funds for our Education Program. Buy your tickets today!

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