The snow seems to have followed me from the mountain west, supporting my transition back to Minnesota and Climate Generation. My journey was not without reminders that climate change does indeed affect the people, places, and sports that I love, from an initial limited snowpack in Utah and Colorado to experiencing dead silence or denialism on a chairlift when I shared what I do for work. These moments reminded me again and again of the importance of our work. My sabbatical was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to follow one of my passions. I am so glad I was given the opportunity; I return with renewed energy and dedication to face what lies ahead.
Climate Generation has been in very capable hands while I’ve been away! Our team has grown and is working cohesively to deliver on robust programming. We welcomed Cari Monroe as Administrative Coordinator and programs intern, Clare Brennan.
This week we kicked off our first-ever Talk Climate Institute, a unique workshop designed to support community members with skills to develop their climate story and use it as a tool to normalize conversations on climate change, and most importantly, leverage action. Our founder Will Steger is about to begin his two-month long Barren Lands solo expedition, and we’re excited to offer educational resources in conjunction with his Arctic trek; sign up for updates here.
Join us at one of several events this spring:
- April 16 – Brewing a Better Climate, Surly fundraiser, Minneapolis
- April 25 – Youth Climate Justice Summit, St. Paul
- May 2 – Annual Red Stag Donor Appreciation Breakfast, Minneapolis
- June 13 – MN is Still In: Leadership on Climate Action, Minneapolis
- June 26-28 – Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, St. John’s University
It’s good to be back, and I look forward to connecting again soon!
Nicole Rom, Executive Director
Green STEM for our Students’ Futures
Last month, Climate Generation partnered with Minneapolis Public Schools to feature Green STEM Careers at their annual STEM & Career Exploration Expo. Before the Expo, our team visited several middle schools in the area to get students excited about the opportunities Green STEM jobs offer. Twelve exhibitors that specialize in Green STEM careers joined us in the Green Alley of the Expo to highlight local jobs that help the planet. Check out a recent post from two middle school teachers about the importance of training for Green STEM Careers.
Youth-led Convenings in Your Community?
Starting next month, teams of high school youth across the state will host community-wide convenings on climate change as a part of our Youth Convening Minnesota project. The seven-month project culminates in a free public event, featuring climate science speakers, local storytellers, and solutions workshops for community members to actively get involved. Find a convening near you!
April 25: Youth Climate Justice Summit
Are you a high school or middle school student in Minnesota? Join us for our Youth Climate Justice Summit, April 25 at the State Capitol in St. Paul. This is a chance for youth to experience first-hand how to participate in government and policy. We will meet with Governor Dayton and lawmakers, plus have a day of workshops where you can talk with students from across the state about the changes you want to see in climate policy. Transportation funding is available!
April 14: Southern MN Clean Electricity Summit
If you live in one of these cities, then 83% of your electricity comes from coal. Our partners at iMatter are bringing together youth across the state to lead their cities to clean electricity. Join them April 14 in Rochester, MN.
Brewing a Better Climate Surly Brewing
What’s better than supporting Climate Generation and drinking a few brews? Join us for our Brewing a Better Climate series on April 16th at Surly Brewing, from 5-8 p.m. We’re looking forward to a night of trivia, climate change conversation, light appetizers, some spectacular raffle prizes, and the opportunity to support our work. RSVP on Facebook and register for the event.
Code Blue for Patient Earth
Fresh Energy and Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate are jointly hosting the Code Blue for Patient Earth conference, with the Science Museum of Minnesota. This unique conference will educate and inspire health professionals, health students, and others to learn about the impacts of climate change to human health, our environment, and animals—the “patients” who inhabit our world—and give participants the tools to take action. Check out this exciting event and opportunity.
Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” book in 1962 ushered in wider discussion about pollutants, which turned into a focus on clean air and water. Since then, environmental activism has branched into multiple issues. How reflective are Minnesota’s environmental groups of the diversity of communities — their needs, their voices? Climate Generation and other groups offer perspectives on how organizations are attempting to create a tapestry of viewpoints in environmental action work.
Our founder, polar explorer Will Steger, is embarking on a two-and-a-half month solo journey across the Arctic this March through June. Barren Lands will be demanding and in transition when he gets there in March.
Will Steger’s strategy for success begins with organizing his Canadian Arctic expedition in meticulous detail, especially regarding equipment weight. His handwritten checklist (shown) is from two of his journal entries for his upcoming solo. The list offers a glimpse of just the gear he’ll take.
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018 for Women’s History Month.
Earlier this week, our Talk Climate Institute engaged over 65 climate champions from Minnesota and beyond in climate storytelling and local action.