Letter from the Executive Director
If you haven’t heard the news, the Will Steger Foundation has changed its name to Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy! We celebrated the launch of our new name, logo and website at the Red Stag Supperclub and at our office Open House with over 100+ friends, supporters, Board members, educators and youth in late April. We couldn’t have been happier with all the support and positive feedback we’ve received. Thank you for celebrating this very important milestone for our organization with us!
Our Climate Minnesota Convening was held in Burnsville on May 12th and our last one this spring will be in Duluth on May 18th. Thanks to Rahr Corporation and Loll Designs for their corporate support of these particular events.
Our spring fundraiser, Brewing a Better Climate will be in Duluth on May 17. Join us at Bent Paddle Brewing Company this Sunday from 4 pm-7 pm. Hear music from local band, Janie and the Spokes, and enter for a chance to win raffle prizes from local places such as Great Lakes Aquarium, Whole Foods Co-op, and Steger Mukluks!
YEA! MN is wrapping up another strong year as we bid farewell to our co-chair Carlos Parra-Olivera and our YEA! MN intern, Kumar Flower Kay. YEA! MN co-chair Kendra Roedl will continue with YEA! MN next year as she enters her senior year. Our mentorship program wraps-up in June. Stay tuned for lessons learned and insights into next year’s program.
Thanks for your ongoing support!
The Summer Institute for Climate Change Education still has spots available! Register today to join the growing network of educators from around the country who are interested in incorporating climate change into their teaching. Hear from Frank Niepold, Climate Education Coordinator at NOAA’s Climate Program Office, who will deliver the keynote address. Frank is an expert on Climate Literacy, having led the group who worked to define climate literacy in the United States.
100 community members gathered in Burnsville on Tuesday night for our third Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions convening. Climate Minnesota: Burnsville highlighted the current and future effects of climate change in the Twin Cities metro area, and provided tangible opportunities to build community resilience in the face of those effects. After being greeted by Burnsville’s Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, participants heard presentations on climate change impacts and solutions from University of St. Thomas Professor Dr. John Abraham, a panel of community storytellers, and Climate Generation staff. To conclude the evening, participants attended one of five workshops offering specific actions that community members could take to tackle climate change. Workshop topics included writing your own climate story, composting and native plantings as a tool for building climate-resilient landscapes. The Climate Minnesota team hits the road to Duluth next week for our fourth convening, May 18 at 6:15 in the Duluth Depot and Train Museum.
We are excited to announce an opportunity for educators to participate in the UNFCCC 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris, France November 30-December 11, 2015! Educators that are selected will join thousands of individuals from around the world in observing UN negotiations. If you are an educator and interested in applying for this opportunity please read more here.
YEA! MN Students Urge Governor Dayton’s Veto of Bill to Repeal MN Clean Energy Legislation
Youth leaders from Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, the Sierra Club North Star Chapter, MN350, and MPIRG joined forces to deliver 5,000 postcards to Governor Dayton last week, on behalf of the Clean Energy & Jobs Campaign, urging him to veto any legislation that would weaken Minnesota’s clean energy legislation. Youth met with Molly Pederson, Senior Policy Adviser to Governor Dayton, who gave her confirmation that the Governor would act to veto any such legislation. Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy collected 348 postcards from high school youth through our YEA! MN program. Read the student reflection here.
In the News
Climate Generation kicked off its Climate Minnesota convenings in Bemidji on April 14 with an event at BSU, where University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley highlighted the climate change impacts affecting Bemidji and a storytelling panel shared the work they’re doing to advance climate change solutions in the community.
At the second Climate Minnesota convening in Crookston on April 15, a large audience of community members and University students heard from climatologist Mark Seeley, community sustainability leaders, and an organic farmer about the climate change impacts and solutions relevant to their largely agricultural community.
On April 29, the Will Steger Foundation announced a new name and brand for their organization. Now Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, the organization remains focused on educating and empowering people to engage in solutions to climate change, as reflected in the storytelling-based public education project Climate Minnesota.
In an article about the Cousteau family’s environmental education efforts, Will Steger was quoted on the value of adventure-based learning.
Support a Responsible Clean Energy Plan for Minnesota!
Write or call your lawmakers today and tell them you support the development of more renewable energy, like wind and solar and oppose any rollbacks that threaten Minnesota’s clean energy future. The Minnesota House Energy Omnibus bill includes attempts to weaken or rollback our clean energy policies! Your message:
Wind, solar and energy efficiency are sparking investments around the state, particularly in rural communities where these jobs are desperately needed. Please oppose any attempts to weaken or rollback our smart, common sense energy policies, and instead support extending our current renewable energy standard and yearly energy savings goal.
- Call Governor Dayton (651-201-3400) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and leave him a message asking him to stand up for renewable energy and oppose the provisions that are in the house bill.
- Call/email House Speaker Daudt (email@example.com, 651-296-5399) and Senate Majority Leader Bakk (651-296-8881).
- Continue to call/email your rep and senator and tell them you are disappointed with the house bill and expect more from your elected officials.
Photo of the Month
Learn about our name change from our founder Will Steger, Executive Director Nicole Rom, educator Craig Johnson and youth leader Kumar Flower Kay.