Prominent Minnesotans, including former WCCO-TV anchor Don Shelby, polar explorer Will Steger and Science Policy Director for Fresh Energy, J. Drake Hamilton, shared their connection to Minnesota, how climate change is impacting their sense of place and daily lives, and what people can do about the issue at a public forum attended by over 200 people and moderated by MPR’s Kerri Miller.
Environmental stewardship and action begins with a local connection and sense of appreciation towards the natural environment. This event discussed the impacts of climate change on Minnesota’s natural resources and what citizens can do through the personal stories of prominent Minnesotans.
Don Shelby, J. Drake Hamilton and Will Steger discussed their concerns about the lack of political will to solve our climate crisis and a changing political climate. They spoke to what is special to them about Minnesota and the concerns they have for wildlife, human health, our economy and way of life from the impacts of climate change.
Funding was provided by Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, National Park Foundation, National Park Service and Mississippi River Fund.