The Winter Olympics have ended, earning the medal for the warmest of the modern era, with an average temperature of nearly 49 degrees and a number of days around 60 degrees. Notably, every Winter Olympics in the last 20 years has seen a warmer climate than the preceding one. It is not just the Winter Olympics that must now rely on artificial snowmaking. According to a recent New York Times article (“The End of Snow?”), nearly 90% of American ski resorts rely on artificial snow.
On Monday March 10th, a group of 30 Senators stayed up all night delivering speeches to bring attention to the need for climate action. In the 14 hours of #Up4Climate speeches, the Senators discussed climate science, shared stories of climate change impacts in their home states, and stressed solutions and the need to apply American ingenuity and innovation to the problem of climate change.
The next big Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report from the world’s leading climate scientists is on “Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability” and will be released at the end of the month. According to the report, “starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease [are] likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change.” They assert we are not prepared for the kind of extreme weather, like floods and droughts, we’re already experiencing.
The good news is that there are substantially lower impacts if humans slash carbon pollution as soon as possible. The International Energy Agency informed us as far back as 2009 that “the world will have to spend an extra $500 billion to cut carbon emissions for each year it delays implementing a major assault on global warming.” The time to act is now.
What can you do? Contact the EPA, join us at our annual Red Stag breakfast on Monday, April 21st to find out more about our work, and push our legislature for more clean energy at the Minnesota Capitol on April 22nd. We can do this together!
Nicole Rom, Executive Director
Submit a Video for Youth Voices of Change
Engage youth in climate change solutions through video: Youth Voices of Change. Capture a 30 second to 2-minute long video that educates about an issue or proposes a project, and be entered to win great prizes. The deadline to submit videos for Youth Voices of Change is May 16th. Learn more now and submit entries online.
Watch Archived Webinars Online
Miss any of the events in our Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar Series? Watch the archived videos of the events and access recommended resources:
- “Eyewitness to Climate Change” featuring Will Steger
- “Engaging High School Students in Climate Policy” featuring Craig Johnson and students from the School of Environmental Studies
- “Hands-on Energy Literacy” featuring Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow Josh Sneideman and Mike Arquin, the Director and Founder of KidWind.
Don’t miss our final live webinar of the series: “Global Changes, Local Impacts: The National Climate Assessment” featuring Minda Berbeco, the Programs and Policy Director for the National Center on Science Education. The event will air live on April 16th, 6:30 PM Central Time.
Register Now: Early-Bird Special for the Summer Institute!
Available through May 15th, we are offering a discounted $125 registration fee for the Summer Institute. Register soon to reserve your spot at this exceptional two-night event featuring several climate and energy experts! Learn more and register today online!
High School Students: Join YEA! MN for Clean Energy Lobby Day!
YEA! MN is teaming up with MPIRG to host a youth-centered lobby day at the Capitol Building in St. Paul on March 31st. Conversations with legislators will focus on promoting clean energy legislation, including a strong wind and solar energy standard for Minnesota, as critical solutions to securing a healthy, sustainable, and equitable future for of all of Minnesota’s children. Register online.
Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program in full swing
Connecting young and veteran environmental leaders across the Midwest, our Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program is in full swing. 40 participants from 35 different organizations across 6 states have been meeting on a regular basis over the past five months to discuss the unique challenges facing young people and the climate movement today. Read more about the program.
Check out our blog for great updates from our youth leaders in action and other exciting news and opportunities!
WSF Executive Director, Nicole Rom and Polar explorer and renowned scientist Ann Bancroft — the first woman known to have reached the north and south pole — were joined by 50 inspiring professionals at the Vantage winter conference. Read more…
Tell the EPA to enact climate regulations that end the construction of new coal plants! The EPA is proposing carbon pollution standards for new power plants built in the future and is kicking off the process of engagement with the public to establish carbon pollution standards for existing and new power plants – the largest stationary source of carbon pollution in the U.S. Submit your comment before May 9th to show your support of these new standards to protect our health and environment!
Annual Appreciation Breakfast – Red Stag Supperclub, Minneapolis. Mon. April 21st, 7:30 – 9:00 am.
Clean Energy and Jobs Day of Action at the Minnesota State Capitol – Tuesday April 22nd at 4pm, featuring Will Steger. Join the Will Steger Foundation and over 60+ member groups of the Clean Energy and Jobs campaign as we push for 50% of our electricity from renewable energy by 2030. Be a part of the climate movement in Minnesota – we need you at the Capitol!