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Youth Advocate for their Future at the 2018 Youth Climate Justice Summit

What did you love about the Youth Climate Justice Summit? “Advocating for myself and adults listening.” “The like-minded people, and seeing where legislators stand on issues.” “Getting the chance to talk to legislators.” This is some of the feedback students gave after our day of action at the State Capitol. On April 25, 2018 about […]

Toward the betterment of tomorrow

Letter from the Executive Director “Let your vision be guided by hope, your path be adventurous, and the power of your thoughts be directed toward the betterment of tomorrow.” — Will Steger Our founder, Will Steger wrote these words in a letter to students from his International Trans-Antarctica expedition in 1990. Will’s words ring true […]

Advocate & Appreciate our Planet Earth!

“To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”  – TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS Earth Day is right around the corner. We’re looking forward to celebrating our planet and demonstrating the importance of environmental protection beyond April 22nd […]

Youth are the answer

“Youth are powerful, youth are brave, youth are the answer.” Youth leaders stood in a circle and repeated this phrase just before departing our Youth Climate Workshop in the Moorhead Public Library. This moment was the beginning of our Youth Convening Minnesota project, a seven-month leadership opportunity for high school aged youth to learn about […]

From one adventure to the next

Letter from the Executive Director 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 […]

Youth = unstoppable: Reflections from the Power Shift Network

Just a few weeks back, on January 26th, me and Marco—a YEA! MN Core Member—climbed the steps of the Thurgood Marshall Center in Washington, D.C. I was both excited and anxious. We were heading to the annual meeting of the Power Shift Network, a collective of organizations mobilizing to mitigate climate change and create a […]

Building a future where we all can thrive

When I was in middle school (in 2009), the topic of climate change was just beginning to gain widespread attention in the news. Within my 8th-grade class, a group of us became alarmed at what we were hearing in the media about global warming; however, the urgency of the issue wasn’t reflected in the programming […]

Action in All Its Forms

Today was a day full of action and energy. I began the day by taking part in an action where youth called out fossil fuel companies. Today was Young and Future Generations Day but also, ironically, Business Day. There were tons of actions related to natural (unnatural, really) gas, fracking, and fossil fuels in general, […]

Reflections on Environmental Justice from the YEA! MN Network Meeting

Last month, I was invited to participate in a YEA! MN meeting that convened those who wanted action and more of an understanding on the meaning of Environmental Justice. In this meeting, I shared a personal connection to the injustice I see in my community, North Minneapolis: Earlier this year, I attended the Bernie Sanders […]