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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 […]

Youth Gather at Governor’s Office to Deliver Clean Power Plan Petitions

Despite many being under the legal voting age, a contingent of high school youth gathered at Governor Dayton’s office on Friday November 21st to deliver over 1,000 public comments and photo petitions in support of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan before the December 1 comment deadline. The students, part of the Will Steger Foundation’s YEA! […]

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 […]

Youth Contingent at the People’s Climate March takes up 10 City Blocks!

Just in case you hadn’t heard! Over 400,000 people joined the People’s Climate March, including 50,000 students and young people! The student contingent took over 10 city blocks: http://on.fb.me/1ym7DEK  The Will Steger Foundation was proud to send 10 high school students through our YEA! MN program on a 22 hours bus ride, joining over 400 other […]

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 […]

Honoring Common Ground

For 5 days, Native American tribal leaders, ranchers, and farmers made their united presence known on the National Mall, as they peacefully demonstrated against construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Their message was: Reject and Protect.

XL Dissent: Why I Chose to Get Arrested

At noon on Sunday, March 3, 2014 I used a plastic zip-tie to lock myself onto the fence in front of the White House and remained there for nearly six hours in protest of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. Alongside me, 304 fellow young people did the same thing, while another 70 or […]

Keystone Dissent: 398 Youth Arrested In Front of White House

Three-hundred ninety-eight students were arrested in front of the White House this Saturday, March 2nd, after locking themselves to the fence in protest of the KXL Pipeline. XL Dissent was entirely self-organized by students on campuses across the country, including Minnesota, Michigan and other Midwest states, and drew heavily from Campus divestment coalitions.