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Two Americas

Today we heard the views of a majority of Americans, compared to the position of our federal administration, on climate change and clean energy. We know that a majority of Americans think global warming is real, that government should take action on it, and that as a nation we should support development of clean renewable […]

Preview of COP23 – UN Climate Change Conference 2017

It’s an honor to attend COP23 in Bonn, Germany as a member of the University of Minnesota’s official delegation and as a member of the multi-sector Climate Generation delegation. At the University, we have official “observer” status for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or UNFCCC, as a research institution. This means we […]

COP21: The world’s best chance to tackle climate change

The upcoming Paris climate talks, known as COP21 or, more fully, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of the Parties, are widely recognized as the world’s last and best chance to effectively limit the threat of climate change. This Conference is a crucial event because it needs to result in […]

The Clean Power Plan: A Critical Step Towards A Climate-Resilient Future

The case for strong action by the U.S. to address climate change is growing by the day. After experiencing the hottest and wettest May on record last month, we can clearly see that the impacts of climate change are intensifying. In the past few weeks, international climate efforts have made headlines: Norway has voted to […]

Composting Competition Provides Lessons for the Future

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve witnessed students at South High throw plastic water bottles into our compost bins. And it drove me, as well as my peers in our environmental club, crazy.  Many of the items in the lunchroom are compostable, including plates, napkins, and food scraps. It was disturbing to me […]

A Year in Review: Reflection from YEA! MN Intern

In March 2014, I was an incredibly angsty junior at DeLaSalle, absolutely fed up with school and wondering what I could do to finish high school while doing meaningful work that would make me happy.  Looking back at the past year, I think I’ve figured it out pretty well.  My internship with YEA! MN has […]

Burnsville Green Team; From Beginning to Success and Beyond

Growing up, there was one saying repeated to me over, and over, and over: reduce, reuse, recycle. Of course, as a six-year-old, I had no idea what that meant. All I knew was that I should recycle paper and plastic water bottles. As I got older, I began to see headlines of “Global Warming: Real […]

Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program: New Tools to Facilitate Shared Learning

This year marks the third generation of our Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program. Each round brings new insight as we strive to support powerful learning relationships among Midwest change-makers. We are excited to see the new tools we have launched this year further deepen our participant’s experience – an online community forum, and a suite of […]

YEA!MN Learns and Leads at Outfront’s 2015 Youth Summit

Check out this College Guide for LGBTQ Students “Welcome Leaders!” was the first sentence I read as I was handed a program at Outfront Minnesota’s 2015 annual Youth Summit last Monday. It was 8:30am and the Wellstone Center was already full of motivated and friendly high school students decked out in purple t-shirts conversing with […]

Dirty Air Affects All of Us

I’ve always pictured extreme air pollution as something that only happens in China, where coal power plants, manufacturing, and insane car traffic create suffocating smog. Not until I was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma in 2013 did I consider the role of air pollution and air quality in my personal health. Inhalers help me manage my […]