From crippling drought to Hurricane Sandy, and overall record-breaking temperatures extremes across the country, it’s hard to ignore the effects of climate change. The American people recognize that the climate is changing.
Letter from the Executive Director Volunteers and WSF staff greet guests at the Chasing Ice reception. Copyright 2012 John Ratzloff. When the New Ulm journal published the headline: Polar explorer, scientist, bishop to address climate change, we knew we were pulling together a diversity of voices for climate action. Our efforts to bring strong voices […]
At times, momentum can feel like a rare thing, kind of an endangered species. As an organizer and youth worker, I’ve learned that it’s typical for hours of emails, meetings, and phone calls to result in smaller-than-desired attendance and engagement. Sometimes our rallies, marches, lobby days, or conferences consist of a few dedicated young advocates, […]
Here in Minnesota the day started out with blustery late fall skies threatening rain (or snow) at any moment. On the Sunday of the opening weekend for deer hunting, the chances of anyone showing up for a rally against a pipeline carrying toxic tar sands seemed fairly unlikely. Yet, with only one weeks notice over […]
Watching Zach, Taylor, Alec and Brock (from Stillwater High School) march down the National Mall holding the YEA! MN Banner and cheering “Clean Energy, Green Jobs” chants. Gene standing in front of 200 Minnesota college students proposing an action group to oppose the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in Arrowhead, Minnesota.