High School Students Thank Governor Dayton and Senator Marty for Bold Support for Clean Energy Future

IMG 1533The Will Steger Foundation’s YEA! MN program played a significant role at the Minnesota State Capitol on Earth Day this year as part of the Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign Day of Action. YEA! MN student leaders turned out 100 high school students in the rain and for the Young People’s March for Climate Action Now, an event planned and facilitated entirely by youth in coordination with the campaign. YEA! MN Co-Chairs shared compelling testimony to the crowd of 700 people – half of whom were youth.

YEA! MN student Steering Committee members sent the following thank you letters to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and State Senator John Marty, to recognize and applaud their bold leadership on critical clean energy legislation. These letters are written on behalf of hundreds of high school youth actively engaged in the YEA! Minnesota program.

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May 14, 2013
Dear Senator Marty,

My name is Samantha Radermacher and I am a Steering Committee member of Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota (YEA !MN), a program of the Will Steger Foundation, and a senior at the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, MN. Protecting the environment is important not only to me, but my peers as well.

I want to take the time to thank you for your continued leadership with the environmental movement. I greatly appreciate all of the work you have done with these issues so far, especially for clean energy. I understand that you are the chairperson on the energy policy committee and have played an important role in making the Solar and Renewable Energy Standard a reality.

At a time when setting renewable energy standards are so crucial you have been a leader to my peers, the state, and me personally. I thank you for your commitment and I look forward to hearing about your involvement in this effort in the future.

Sincerely,

Samantha Radermacher,
Senior, School of Environmental Studies
YEA! MN Steering Committee member

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May 14, 2013
Dear Governor Dayton,

My name is Bryn Shank and I’m a junior at St.Paul Central High School and I’m currently a Steering Committee member of YEA! MN (Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota), part of the Will Steger Foundations Emerging Leaders Program. A couple of weeks ago, YEA! MN coordinated with the Minnesota Clean Energy and Jobs campaign to have a Youth March to the Capitol where YEA! MN youth joined the larger rally on Earth Day in support of a new solar standard (10% by 2030) and a strengthened renewable energy standard (40% by 2030).

Before the event, I was nervous that the rally and march wouldn’t be as I hoped and we wouldn’t be able to create the energy needed to encourage legislators to agree to this bill. Thank you for proving me wrong. Your speech at the rally made me very proud to be a Minnesotan because I’m lucky enough to live in a state where the Governor acknowledges and actively searches for solutions to mitigate climate change. Having you speak at the rally gave me hope and I know countless others about the future of Minnesota, the future in which my generation will live our lives. Your speech was practical and reassuring. You helped us realize what truly is important: creating a fossil-free Minnesota. Recently, the Omnibus Energy Bill passed through both the House and Senate of the Minnesota Legislature! I can honestly say this wouldn’t have been possible without your support and leadership.

Thank you for being a champion for environmental issues and being a role model for youth around the state.

Sincerely,

Bryn Shank
Junior, St Paul Central High School
YEA! MN Steering Committee member

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A program of the Will Steger Foundation, Youth Environmental Activists Minnesota (YEA! MN) connects Twin Cities metro youth to facilitate shared skills and strategies and to take coordinated action towards environmental sustainability. YEA! MN is a youth-driven network of high school environmental clubs including 20+ public, private and charter high schools from a cross-section of urban and suburban districts.

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