The 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
Save $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.
75 Youth Join Earth Day Summit with Governor Dayton
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!
Aspiring 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…