Our hearts are with those in Kentucky and the multi-state region impacted by this past weekend’s tornadoes and storm events. Here in Minnesota, we received over a foot of snow and then saw extreme warm up a few days later, with rain and thunderstorms. Climate-related natural disasters and extreme weather variations like these events are becoming more common and more unpredictable due to climate change — and they intersect with worker’s rights, public health, and so much more.
As we wrap up another year living in a global pandemic and virtual work, I have been reflecting on how much this has caused us to reset: from how we work to thinking differently about the way we work, too. This has emerged through centering equity and anti-racism in programming and operations, overcoming misinformation by translating basic climate science and complex international climate policy to our audiences, and localizing climate change impacts through the power of narrative and conversation. Thanks to supporters like you, we are in a strong financial position, and our programming has expanded both locally and nationally.
As we look forward to 2022, our youth program is planning for its annual Youth Climate Justice Summit in February, and our Teach Climate Network monthly webinar series continues. We appreciate your year-end gift to maintain our momentum!
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season—here’s to a brighter 2022!
Nicole Rom, Executive Director
Photo credit to Aimee Jaroscak