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Carbon Affects My Health and Future

Until recent years, the detrimental effects of coal and its heavy carbon dioxide emissions had been ignored due to the nation’s immense coal reserves, as well as its dependence on coal for energy. However, President Obama has now publicly declared a war on coal, striving to make America the chief natural gas producer in order […]

Forums Spark Dialogue and Climate Action

We successfully completed an eight-city tour of Minnesota with free public forums on climate change, clean energy and health. 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. Read More…

The Destructive Power of a Warming Planet

In his acceptance last night, President Obama clearly stated: “We want our children to live in an America…that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.” With those words and another election behind us, we have the opportunity to not just message the reality and urgency of climate change, but to move forward […]

A Big Day for Clean Air: New Carbon Rule Announced!

Earlier this week, the Obama Administration issued draft language to establish the first-ever carbon pollution protections for new power plants. Carbon pollution is the main contributor to climate disruption and is linked to life-threatening air pollution like smog – which triggers asthma attacks – making it a serious hazard to Americans’ health and future. Once […]

Clean air: is it the new civil rights struggle?

That is what various student groups and organizations gathered to discuss on the last day of Black History Month. The Will Steger Foundation sponsored Clean Air: the New Civil Rights Struggle at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities last week with a diverse coalition of partners, including Sierra Club, Black Motivated Women, Black Student Union, […]

Senator Amy Klobuchar champions bipartisan solutions to our energy and environmental problems

On February 9, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D – Minnesota) addressed one of her top priorities in a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate: …the critical need to get serious about building a new energy agenda for America, one that keeps our businesses competitive in the global economy, preserves our environment and restarts the […]

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson visits Minnesota

 On Tuesday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson spoke at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities about the role of science in public health and environmental protection policy. The audience also got a glimpse of Jackson’s personal life. She shared the story of her own son who suffers from asthma and her favorite policy, […]

New Mercury Safeguards Will Save Lives

The Will Steger Foundation Applauds Obama Administration Decision to Cut Toxic Emissions from Dirty Power Plants. On December 21, 2011, the Will Steger Foundation along with other Minnesota public health and environment groups are applauding new public health safeguards that will protect kids and families from dangerous air pollution caused by emissions of mercury and […]

Learnin’ from Durban: Global Action on a Local Scale

Minnesotans gathered at Edina Library last Saturday for YEA! MN’s Learnin’ from Durban: Global Action on a Local Scale event. Sheltered from the cold and snow, attendees checked-in on the climate negotiations happening halfway around the globe in the 90 degree heat of Durban, South Africa. Will Steger Foundation Delegates Paul Thompson and John Howard […]

Statewide Call-in Day Demonstrates Support for Clean Air

Last Wednesday, young people across Minnesota participated in a statewide call-in day for clean air. Over 400 people picked up their phones to thank Senator Klobuchar for voting against Senator Paul’s recent dirty air initiative and to urge her to continue to reject further attacks.