Letter from the Executive Director
Earth Day is celebrating 45 years this month! On April 22nd, our YEA! MN youth will be ramping up action projects and Earth Day events at their schools and presenting their personal climate stories with our Education Coordinator, Jothsna Harris, at the Minnesota State Capitol. The Earth Day Climate Rally at the Capitol also includes CG partners at the University of Minnesota, Ellen Anderson and Mark Seeley, as well as MN350 and Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light. Representative Melissa Hortman and House Minority Leader Erin Murphy will also speak.
When: Wednesday, April 22, 12:30-3:00pm
Where: State Capitol, front lawn, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, St Paul
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In addition to celebrating Earth Day this month, we are very excited to announce some big news for our organizations. Please join us at a special breakfast on April 29th or at our office for an open house on April 30th.
Our successful Brewing a Better Climate series will kick-off in Duluth on May 17 at Bent Paddle Brewing and we will also be launching a new website at the end of the month – stay tuned!
Nicole Rom, Executive Director
Climate Minnesota kicked off its first two convenings in Bemidji and Crookston with media coverage on MPR news and in local media outlets. Over 250 peopled joined the free public Convenings to learn, discuss and engage in community solutions to climate change. Mark Seeley shared local climate impacts from a scientific perspective and local Mayors and elected leaders participated. Local storytelling panelists included, Jordan Morgan who shared the student led efforts at Bemidji State University to ban plastic bottles; and city leader, DeAndra O’Connell shared the recent news that Crookston is now an official Green Step City!
Join us for a local convening to learn about the science behind the climate change impacts we are experiencing, hear inspiring stories from community members who are engaged in solutions, and learn about what you can do to be a part of your communities collective efforts. Climate Minnesota will be in Burnsville May 12th and Duluth May 18. To learn more and to RSVP visit: www.climateminnesota.org
We are in the midst of planning a great Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, which is only two months away! Presenters are confirmed, the schedule is being solidified, and donations are coming through. Early-bird registration of $75 ends May 1st. Register today and receive a free Climate Generation pint glass – limited edition!
YEA! MN Celebrates Earth Day
Across the YEA! MN network students are hard at work planning Earth Day events. Minneapolis South and Southwest High Schools are kicking off their first ever Garbage Games, a waste reduction competition between two longstanding rivals with the goal for each school to decrease its per capita waste. The losing Principal will wear the other school’s colors. At the School of Environmental Studies, students are hosting a waste sort in collaboration with Dakota County. Students will get to see how much food waste is ending up as trash – with the goal of increasing awareness and generating buy-in on systemic changes to how the school deals with waste. Students at St Paul Central are planning an all-school Earth Day Extravaganza with seven speakers throughout the day focused on different environmental topics – including our own Janet Brown presenting on climate change. Hopkins High School’s Earth Week includes daily initiatives on environmental education. Among a variety of activities, students will be selling reduced price reusable water bottles to use with the new hydration stations on campus and teaching their peers about the social and environmental impacts of single use plastics. South High School is preparing for it’s annual Bike to School Week, beginning April 27th, which has historically engaged hundreds of students. The YEA! MN Steering Committee is joining forces with Transition Northfield on April 18th, tabling in support of Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard at the Northfield 6th Perennial Earth Day Celebration, in coordination with the Clean Energy & Jobs campaign.
In the News
Climate Generation, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, invites you to join your neighbors at a public convening on Wednesday, April 15 on the local impacts of climate change and community-based solutions.
Climate Generation (CG) and the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) will host a public convening on climate change, “Climate Minnesota: Bemidji,” April 14 at Bemidji State University.
The event will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Beaux Arts Ballroom, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE, Bemidji. A Resource Fair will begin at 5 p.m.
Some commercial property owners are getting pressure from tenants to recycle organic waste. With Minneapolis preparing a new curbside residential recycling program this year, awareness about organics recycling will rise sharply in coming months.
Join Climate Generation for their 10th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, June 15-17, 2015 at the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, MN.
$75 for a 3-day conference, 20 CEUS
Good food brings people together. Local, organic food sustains the earth. So why not unite people behind the climate change-solving potential of sustainable, farm-to-table food? This was the thinking behind the Climate Generation’s winter fundraising series, Dine for Climate. At pioneering local food restaurants including Birchwood Cafe, French Meadow Bakery & Cafe, Spoonriver and Lucia’s, we helped patrons connect the dots between agriculture, our food system, and climate change.
Climate Generation’s Summer Institute. This two-day institute for climate change education will take place at the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, Minnesota, June 15–17.
Important and time sensitive: Climate Change Legislative Alert
Do the laws we have passed over the last eight years in Minnesota addressing climate change matter to you? House bill HF843 proposes to:
- delete greenhouse gas emission reduction goals,
- phase out the state’s reporting of greenhouse gas reductions,
- eliminate the study to get us to 80 or 100% renewable energy,
- allow importation of coal generated electricity into our state again,
- seriously change the solar programs just being established.
Please call your Minnesota House Representative and oppose the Job Growth and Energy Affordability Energy Omnibus Bill HF843. The House proposal guts Minnesota’s successful, nationally recognized clean energy and climate policies. We know that transitioning Minnesota’s energy system to renewable sources improves air and water quality, reduces the impacts of climate change, creates economic benefits and jobs for all Minnesotans, and creates a resilient, affordable, and reliable energy system and economy. Thank you for taking action for an equitable and sustainable future!
To find your Representative, please visit here.
Photo of the Month
Climate Generation staff prepare for the first Climate Minnesota Convenings.