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The People’s Climate March – What does the movement need now?

Over 400,000 marching  – more than three times the expected number! Some were actually finishing the march at the same time others were beginning. This extraordinary turnout might be attributed to the distributed organizing strategy, with 1574 participating organizations, or the inclusive and empowering messaging. I believe a key component was a growing common urgency […]

The People’s Climate March – A Movement Beginning to See Itself

Rumblings of the People’s Climate March sifted through my inbox, my Facebook news feed, and casual conversations for months leading up to the day of the event.  The invitation was to call for strong action on climate from international leaders at Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s UN Climate Summit.  I was keeping an ear to […]

From the Minneapple to the Big Apple: A Teen’s Perspective on the People’s Climate March

Hi, my name is Lucy West and I’m a senior at St. Paul Central High School in Minnesota. I am also a co-president of my school’s environmental club, Roots & Shoots. I went to the People’s Climate March with a group of high schoolers from around the Twin Cities as part of the YEA! MN […]

YEA! MN Students Ride the Bus to the People’s Climate March

The new school year is just under way and YEA! MN is already hard at work.  We kicked off the fall season with the YEA! MN Student Action Training to shake of the summer dust and get students geared up as critical leaders in their school communities.  Eleven students from 7 different Twin Cities high schools […]

YEA! MN Year in Review: Youth Directed Programming Yields Big Returns!

YEA! MN is unique in that we are an authentically student directed program.  This means that my job is not to tell students what we should do but ask them what they want to do.  Of course, I still provide feedback and suggestions, however the purpose is to help them more fully think through their action projects, […]

Celebrating YEA! MN Student Leadership on Climate Action Projects!

We have wrapped up a fantastic year at YEA! MN.Our students have wrestled with big issues, learned about organizing, and taken action on projects they care about; all while going to high school, doing their homework, and participating in other community and extra curricular work.I have never been so impressed and proud of a group […]

YEA! MN Year-End Retreat at Lake Country Land School Farm

The 2014 YEA! MN Retreat was definitely the best team bonding experience we’ve had so far this year. We’ve gained many new members compared to last year and over one night we became very close. We decided as a group we would take a trip to the Lake Country Land School Farm in Wisconsin. Our first day […]

South High School Students Secure Hydration Station & Reduce Waste

Early last fall, Minneapolis South High School’s environmental group, the Green Tigers, decided that a worthy project to pursue would be the installation of water bottle filling stations, affectionately coined “Hydration Stations”. Our school, although legally unable to sell unhealthy snacks or soda in vending machines, continues to sell bottled water, which students buy regularly. […]

MN High School Student Gives Closing Remarks at Huge Earth Day Rally for Clean Energy & Jobs

Priyanka Zylstra, Senior at Minneapolis South High School, delivered the following closing remarks at the Clean Energy & Jobs Earth Day Rally at the Minnesota State Capitol, following Governor Mark Dayton, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Senator John Marty, Reprentative Melissa Hortman, and Polar Explorer Will Steger. She spoke to crowd of 500 people and drew huge […]

Youth Reflection: Testifying Against the Expansion of Tar Sands Pipelines in MN

On Thursday, April 3rd, the public utilities office in Saint Paul served as a space for people to speak in opposition or in support of expansion to the Alberta clipper pipeline. The oil traveling through the Alberta Clipper comes from tar sands operations, said to be “the dirtiest form of oil on this planet” by 350.org.