Earth Month

Letter from the Executive Director

Friends,

Happy spring! I hope you will provide input as we look at our next 5 years during our upcoming Strategic Planning process – fill out this short survey by Friday April 29 to give us your feedback!

Please join us for our annual donor appreciation breakfast at the Red Stag Supperclub on May 3rd. Will Steger will be fresh off his solo expedition and will certainly have stories to share from the journey and the climate changes he witnessed. In addition, we’ll share highlights from staff as we explore the theme of the Paris climate agreement and how we are building momentum post-COP21! RSVP to jon@climategen.org or call 612-278-7147 to reserve your spot.

April is often considered Earth Month, creating a buzz of activity around climate solutions and community gatherings – we hope to see you at one:

On Earth Day, April 22, leaders from 196 nations and governments have the chance to come together at the UN to show their commitment to climate action and celebrate the historic Paris Agreement reached last December at the UN’s climate talks. Urge world leaders to sign the Paris agreement by tweeting #SignTheAgreement the week of April 18-22. Sign the petition by our partners at U.S. Climate Action Network urging world leaders to sign this critical climate agreement.

Finally, learn more about our 10 year anniversary event on December 1, 2016!

Thanks again for your ongoing support!

Sincerely,

Nicole Rom, Executive Director

Education

$30 off Summer Institute Registration!

Outdoor LearningAre you ready to take #EarthWeekAction? Register NEXT WEEK (April 18-22) for our Summer Institute for Climate Change Education and receive $30 OFF the price!

The COP21 climate agreement forged in Paris last December will be signed on Earth Day, April 22. Support the Paris agreement by bringing climate change education into your classroom, and gain skills and resources to do this at our Summer Institute! Hear first-hand what COP21 was like during the panel discussion with our Education Ambassadors who attended the international climate negotiations. Register Here to attend our 11th annual Summer Institute, June 21-24, 2016, for the Earth Week discounted price of $120 (20% off the original price).

Climate Minnesota Webinar: Thursday, April 14, 10am CST. Register here.

Join us for our second and final Climate Minnesota Webinar to hear Elizabeth Dunbar speak about the investigative approach to the award-winning MPR series “Climate Change in Minnesota.” In addition to Dunbar’s reflections, you will also hear from the communities of Rochester and Crookston as they share ripple effects from our Climate Minnesota convenings, as well as live storytelling direct from the Iron Range and Central Minnesota.

Climate Education Week is April 18-22

Climate Education Week coincides with Earth Week this year, and we can’t think of a better way to create enthusiasm around solutions-oriented climate change education than an appreciation for the earth! Recently, studies have shown the difficulty teachers face when it comes to teaching about climate change. Many don’t have the time, resources, or support to bring the concepts into the classroom. This coming week, Climate Generation will be working with students and teachers at three different locations across Minnesota to bring climate change into the classroom. We will be reaching hundreds of high school students through a presentation in the town of Sleepy Eye, connecting with students at Dowling Elementary, and brainstorming climate solutions with students at the School of Environmental Studies.

Emerging Leaders

MN Youth for a Strong Clean Power Plan!

Addie and Gov DaytonClimate Generation is partnering with MPIRG and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change to engage young people in support of a racially and economically just State Implementation Plan for the Clean Power Plan in Minnesota. This winter and spring, we’ve developed a policy platform in alignment with the Climate Justice Alliance’s Our Power Plan, generating over 750 postcards from young people to Governor Dayton, MPCA Commissioner Stine and Commerce Commissioner Rothman. High school students from our YEA! MN program participated in a youth listening session with the MN Pollution Control Agency in early March, followed by a Youth Summit with Governor Dayton and Youth Lobby Day at the Capitol, turning out over 100 high school and college students to elevate environmental justice as a non-negotiable component of the Clean Power Plan for youth in Minnesota. Read all about it in this reflection from YEA! MN co-chair Addie Welch, and this article recently published in the MN Daily by our Youth Policy Organizer Kyra Brown. We’re currently in the process of convening a meeting with young environmental justice leaders and Commissioner Stine, to learn more about the MN Pollution Control Agency’s EJ Advisory Committee.

YEA! MN Prepares for Bike-to-School Week, May 16-20

For over a decade, the Minneapolis South High Green Tigers have been known for their annual Bike-to-School week. This spring event incentivizes bike commuting for students who haven’t or don’t usually bike to school, while celebrating the students that do it everyday. Student organizers will hand out stickers, water bottles, and literature on how to get more engaged in the Twin Cities bike community. This year, with support from the Laura Jane Musser Fund, the Green Tigers and YEA! MN are partnering with Tamales y Bicicletas, offering a youth-led “Toxic Tour” by bicycle of two heavy industrial factories, located within a mile of South High School, that leave a heavy footprint of pollution on the surrounding neighborhood. Students will tour these industrial sites and discuss public health impacts as well as alternatives with local youth and community leaders organizing for a healthier and more sustainable future. For more information contact Nicole at yeamn@climategen.org.

#ActOnClimate

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Earth Day actions

Not only is this coming week (April 18-22) Earth Week and Climate Education Week, it’s also the UN signing of the Paris Climate Agreement in New York City on Friday Apri  22nd. In the Twin Cities and across the country, there’s a lot you can do to engage in climate solutions, environmental clean-ups, and more. Earth Day Network has listed thousands of events on their website, and locally, we have a busy week of events – we’d love to see you there! We’re co-hosting a Youth, Tech & COP21 panel with Best Buy’s Teen Tech Center and Hennepin Co. Library on April 18, a Mill City Earth Week event on April 20, and an Earth Day Celebration at the Capitol on April 21. Can’t make it? Follow and amplify the action on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using our Earth Week social media kit!

Sustain Our Work for a Sustainable Future – Become a Monthly Donor!

What better way to carry on the spirit of Earth Week all year long than sustaining our ongoing work. We’ve updated our monthly giving program, Climate Guardians, and invite you to become a monthly donor today! Our donation website changes are in the works, but you can still sign up for a monthly gift online or by calling our office at 612-278-7147. Thank you for considering a sustainable, ongoing gift to support our work throughout the year!

In the News

Minnesota won’t slow renewable energy push, Dayton tells students

mprnews_thumb170In a room packed full of students, Governor Dayton assured young people at our 2016 Youth Summit that he would veto any effort to stall or delay Minnesota’s clean energy progress. Dayton, MPCA Commissioner Stine and Commerce Commissioner Rothman fielded students’ questions about equity in the state’s Clean Power Plan implementation, and concluded the meeting by joining in a climate song.

Climate Generation gets the Birchwood Boost

growler_logoThe conservation-themed episode of The Growler featured a profile of our Booster Club dinner at Birchwood Cafe, part of the Birchwood’s new intentional giving program, Birchwood BOOST.

Climate Change in the Northwoods

Wilderness NewsThe spring issue of Wilderness News featured our Climate Minnesota project, with its stories-based approach to climate change, as well as the Iron Range Convening. The story highlighted the local focus of the convening, with stories of impacts and solutions tailored to the communities of the Northwoods.

 

 

Photo of the Month

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Education Coordinator Jothsna Harris asks attendees at Birchwood Cafe’s Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate screening what climate changes they’ve seen in their community.
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