History in the Making

Letter from the Executive Director

People's Climate MarchHistory will be made next week in New York City with the People’s Climate March on September 21st, which is building up to be the largest climate demonstration ever.  The march coincides with the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly. These discussions will set the agenda for the COP 21 international climate discussions in Paris in 2016. We are proud to be sending a delegation of ten high school youth with our Emerging Leaders staff to participate in the march and show world leaders that people want action on climate now. Click here to sponsor a youth!

Our Director of Education, Kristen Poppleton, spoke with MPR’s Cathy Wurzer on their Morning Edition program. The segment focused on how to talk about climate change to your kids and with your family. It also covered what is happening in our K-12 classrooms and the Will Steger Foundation’s newest Education Project, Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate. Listen to the program here.

Climate Solutions for Red Wing & BeyondWe hope you’ll join us at our upcoming forum on Saturday, October 4th from 10-2 pm in Red Wing at the beautiful Anderson Center where we will be talking about climate change, science, solutions, and where we go from here. Will Steger will be providing his Eyewitness presentation.


Nicole Rom, Executive Director


The Wild Face of Climate ChangeRegister for our co-sponsored workshop, the Wild Face of Climate ChangeNovember 22 at the Minnesota Zoo!  The Minnesota Zoo and the Will Steger Foundation are joining forces to explore the effects of climate change on wildlife around the world.  Teachers will leave this workshop with ideas and activities that can be used in the classroom to teach about climate change and gain a preliminary understanding of how specific animals and habitats are being affected.

Jothsna HarrisWe recently welcomed Jothsna Harris as our new Education Coordinator. Jothsna’s primary duties will be to support Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate, which uses storytelling to create compelling examples of how climate change has and will impact Minnesota communities. Jothsna recently worked in the Burnsville Independent School District (ISD) 191, as a MN GreenCorps Energy Conservation Member, where she coordinated a multi-pronged energy conservation campaign designed to engage students, staff and community members and to inspire behavioral changes.  She is also working towards a Master of Liberal Studies degree in Innovation and Sustainability at the U of M. Welcome Jothsna!

Emerging Leaders

YEA! MN Students Kick-off Year

YEA! MN youth kicked off the new school year with hands on training to prepare them to launch youth-led action projects on their campuses related to waste reduction and energy conservation. They dove into climate change topics and environmental activist skills, presented by our own co-chairs and guest speakers. Everyone left empowered to make changes in their communities in the coming year.

WSF Hosts Youth CAN! Conference

Youth CAN!YEA! MN students are working closely with community partners to plan and host the Youth Climate Action Now! Conference, to be held in Minneapolis at El Colegio Charter School on Saturday, Nov 8. The youth-led event is made possible by a Community Innovation Grant from the Headwaters Foundation for Justice and seeks to engage youth in a deeper understanding of the intersection between climate change and social justice. The event is free and open to high school students across the state. To learn more information click here.

In The News

Minnesota Public RadioOur Director of Education, Kristen Poppleton, spoke with MPR’s Cathy Wurzer during Morning Edition recently. The segment focused on how to talk about climate change to your kids, with your family, what is happening in our K-12 classrooms, and the Will Steger Foundation’s newest Education Project, Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate. Listen to the program here.

Weathering the StormThe online resource, Weathering the Storm, periodically recognizes organizations that provide practical, effective and quantifiable solutions for addressing the challenges of the perfect storm. It recently presented its “Best Practices Award” to the Will Steger Foundation! Read their statement of support: “As the “perfect storm” gains traction and the ravages of climate change become more pronounced, the Will Steger Foundation is a shining example of a boots-on-ground organization developing proactive initiatives that get results. By leveraging their efforts through teachers, educating the public and mentoring youth leaders of tomorrow, they are effectively fulfilling their mission to inspire and empower people to engage in solutions to climate change.”


Support the Clean Power Plan!

Greenhouse GasesUrge the EPA and Governor Dayton to limit carbon pollution from coal plants by October 15!  After years of delay, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. The EPA is now in a public comment period that allows citizens to comment on the proposed standards. Carbon pollution from coal plants threatens our economy, our climate, and human health. While we already have limits on the amount of mercury, arsenic, soot, and other air pollution power plants can emit, there are no limits yet on carbon pollution. Coal-burning power plants are the single biggest cause of global warming in the United States and in Minnesota. Tell the EPA and Governor Dayton you support its work to finalize common sense limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

Photo of the Month


YEA! MN students gather to prepare for the upcoming People’s Climate March held in NYC next week to show they want action on climate now.


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