Giving Climate Thanks

Letter from the Executive Director

We started off the month with giving #climatethanks, a national initiative launched by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication on twitter, to honor the individuals and organizations like ours working tirelessly to raise awareness and create climate change solutions. We thanked all of our climate champions in Minnesota, our clean energy leaders, our youth and educators, and partner organizations. Of course, our largest thanks goes out to you – for supporting our work and helping us in the fight for a safe climate.

After getting over 10,000 comments from the public, state regulators at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission directed Xcel Energy to examine shutting down 1970s-era coal burners (Sherco 1 and 2 plants in Becker, Minnesota). Public comments were garnered by the collective efforts of the Sierra Club, Fresh Energy, Conservation Minnesota, Will Steger Foundation and other partners. Will Steger joined more than 50 climate activists to provide powerful testimony, the first in a long time for this regulatory agency. 

Holiday Appeal

As we near the end of the year, we thank you for making our work possible.

With your continued support, we can do even more in 2014! We have set a goal to raise $15,000 by December 31st and are half-way towards our goal. Please help us end 2013 in a strong financial position. Donate today!

Happy Holidays!


Nicole Rom, Executive Director


Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar Series, Episode #1
Will StegerYou’re invited to join polar explorer Will Steger on a journey about climate change through his stories as an explorer and educator in a free webinar! This event kicks-off our Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar Series!
When: Wednesday, January 15th, 6:30 – 7:30 PM (CDT)
Where: Join in from the comfort of your home or work computer (mobile devices work too!)

This webinar series is free and open to the public. Registration and more infoThis webinar will include Will’s eyewitness account via live storytelling, photos and video clips. Attendees will also be introduced to resources to help students develop their own eyewitness accounts via journaling, citizen science and media projects.  Learn more about all of our webinars and register today.

Summer InstituteIt’s time: Register today for the Summer Institute for Climate and Energy Education. Learning happens everyday. But meaningful professional development experiences come only rarely. Save the date for the 2014 Summer Institute for Climate Change and Energy Education, an immersive, overnight event featuring multiple curriculum training tracks and guest content professionals and scientists.
When: August 4th-6th, 2014
Where: Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN
Cost: $125 (includes meals, lodging, materials and more)
Learn more and register today.

Winter is a great time to make movies … get excited and start filming for Youth Voices of Change, the climate change youth video contest. Youth in grades 4-12 are invited to submit a video (maximum 2 minutes long) that shares solution projects or helps raise awareness about climate change issues. Participants are eligible to win great prizes, including: money for their project, new video equipment, and gift certificates to local businesses. Read more about last year’s winners and how to get involved online.

Read our Director of Education’s thoughts after returning from a week at the American Geophysical Union meeting.

Emerging Leaders

Krakow1School of Environmental Studies
Every year, we report on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties, also sometimes referred to as “COPXX”. Every year there are moments of both hope and frustration as political stalemates in key countries prevent global climate treaties. Read the stories of Minnesota’s own School of Environmental Studies students who attended the conference. SES is a long-time Education and Emerging Leaders program partner. SES youth are members of our YEA! MN network.

Youth and Veteran Environmental Leaders in Co-Mentorship
We launched our 2013-14 Intergenerational Mentorship Program in partnership with the REAMP Network last month. This innovative mentorship model values both participants as learners and teachers, and supports 21 pairs of young and veteran environmental leaders across the Midwest. 

YEA! MN students at Hopkins High School lead the charge on solar with a green building project on campus. Read the story.

In The News

citizen thumb170Activists to talk at PUC meeting about Sherco
Polar explorer Will Steger and St. Paul attorney Barbara Freese, author of “Coal: A Human History,” are among the activists who want regulators to consider shutting down the two oldest coal units at Xcel’s Sherco power plant by the end of the decade.

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strib thumb170aRetirement of 2 older Sherco coal units to get study
“Minnesotans sent a record 11,400 public comments to the PUC calling for a timeline to replace these dirty plants,” said Will Steger, referring to a write-in campaign organized by climate activists.

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kare thumb170dCold weather advice from Will Steger
In 1986, Minnesota native Will Steger made the first– confirmed– unsupported dogsled journey to the North Pole. He has some advice for making it through ‘our’ cold snap– without ‘snapping’.

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logo patanoniaThis holiday season, when every retailer on the planet is trying to get you to buy more stuff—mostly stuff you don’t need—Patagonia is encouraging consumers to keep their wallets in their pockets and use the stuff they have. To support its message, the company is releasing Worn Wear, a film that invites you to celebrate the stuff you already own, and to think about the quality of the life you’re living.

Photo of the Month

Will Steger - Grand RapidsWill Steger talks with Kare-11 about how to stay warm in the winter.


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