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Tackling Coal and Winning at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Since the fall of 2009, Campus Beyond Coal (CBC) has been leading a student run, grassroots campaign to move the University of Minnesota beyond coal power. With the mission of “To bring about, through active engagement and awareness-raising measures, the phase out of coal-fired power on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus” we have built […]

Midwest Power Shift: Harnessing the Outrage and the Optimism

What does the Midwest have to do with a clean energy future (or a dirty energy future, it’s our choice)? Everything. Did you know that the Midwest region contributes 25 percent of total US carbon emissions (if you include Ohio and Indiana)? That the Midwest relies on coal for 70 percent of its electric power, […]

Youth Organize for Clean Air in the Windy City

CHICAGO, IL—On Thursday, July 28th, Aldermen Joe Moore and Danny Solis re-introduced the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance to a newly elected City Council, with an impressive total of 35 co-sponsors (in Chicago, a city ordinance requires 26 votes and the signature of the mayor to become law) and with continued support from the Chicago Clean […]

Cleveland, Detroit, Iowa City and Minneapolis: Summer Hot Spots for Youth Climate Activism

Summer of Solutions Detroit launches their Green Energy Economy Training in the inner-city Highland Park neighborhood As summer temps soar across the Midwest so does youth climate activism as momentum grows at an exponential pace across the region. Power Shift 2011 was revealing as Midwest youth participation made up almost a quarter of the 10,000 […]

Three Minnesota High Schools Win Climate Generation Awards

Will Steger Foundation is proud to announce the winners of our Climate Generation Award. Launched in partnership with the British Council and California Air Resources Board, the Climate Generation Program is a school-based competition connecting youth leadership and environmental curriculum with climate action projects. High Schools in Minnesota were eligible to participate at no cost, […]

Investment in Youth is an Investment in a Clean and Just Energy Future

“ The rights and decision-making capabilities of young people often remain unrecognized, and their potential as a valuable resource is seldom realized.” – United Nations World Youth Report, 2010 WSF Intern, Kaya Lovestrand, and Will Steger at the WSF office in Minneapolis All of my work with the Will Steger Foundation has been leading up […]

New UN Report: Youth Worldwide Freaked Out by Climate Change, Taking Action

That’s the basic conclusion of a big new report by the United Nations on the impacts of climate change on youth and how young people around the world are reacting.   Why so much attention on youth? For starters, we’re celebrating the International Year of Youth from August 2010-2011, in case you’ve missed the party.

Key Ingredients For Successful Youth Engagement

Before knowing how to engage youth, it’s important to point out the real need for it. It’s true that if you are or have been involved with a program that emphasizes youth it seems like they’re everywhere, but the truth is that most youth today don’t feel like they’re being reached out to. Governments, non-profits, […]

Grants Through Climate Generation Program

What would you do to address climate change if money wasn’t an obstacle? For many young people passionate about the environment, ideas are not what’s lacking. It’s the means to make these ideas a reality that stands in the way of effective leadership and implementation. Of course there is mentorship, skills training, community support, time […]

Optimism in the Face of a Daunting Future

Will Steger Foundation is a proud supporter of youth participation in UNFCCC international climate negotiation. A safe and healthy future for young people across the globe depends on the choices being made right now. While a commitment to behavior change on the part of individuals is critical, it is our policy makers that hold the […]