Last month, on Earth Day, while we celebrated at our Voices to Power fundraiser, the Biden-Harris administration committed to reducing U.S. greenhouse gas pollution 50% by 2030. This exciting announcement is reflective of the administration’s commitment to tackling the climate crisis, increasing our own ambition, and advancing environmental justice. In our home state of Minnesota, Governor Walz has committed to addressing climate change from our largest emissions sector, transportation, through a Clean Cars rule that moved one step closer to reality thanks to a recent Administrative Law Judge ruling. We applaud leadership that moves our state and country forward to protect people and our climate.
In other exciting news, After Antarctica is coming to Minnesota (or your computer screen) May 21–23 through the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. Watch this new feature film about our founder Will Steger, following his historic International Trans-Antarctica expedition in 1989–90 and the impact it has had on his life. Watch the film and then join me for a live Q&A with the filmmakers and Will on Sunday, May 23 at 4 p.m. CT.
Want to plug into climate action on an international scale? Check out our multi-sector delegation to the annual UN climate change conference, COP26, this November and see if you qualify to apply to be one of our delegates!
In July, we will host our 16th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education in partnership with NOAA Climate Office, The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program, and 16 geographic cohort partner organizations. This 3-day virtual training will reground educators in truth, with six themes to support educators to gain the skills, tools, and resources to teach climate change in all subject areas.
As always, thanks for your support and engagement in our mission.
Nicole Rom, Executive Director