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Climate action is unstoppable

Letter from the Executive Director Climate action is unstoppable. Our MN Is Still In: Leadership on Climate Action events demonstrated how individuals, cities, states, and businesses are taking ambition to the next level. We heard examples from elected leaders, sustainability leaders, and special guest James Redford at our June 13 events. We were thrilled to […]

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Looking for standards-supported climate change resources? Want to hear from experts about climate change science and solutions? Need to build your network of educators that are also incorporating climate change into their teaching? Register now for the 13th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, June 26-28, 2018 at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN […]

Fighting for solutions

Letter from the Executive Director The world recently passed another climate milestone. The Mauna Loa Observatory recorded its first-ever carbon dioxide reading in excess of 410 parts per million; Earth’s carbon dioxide hasn’t reached that level in millions of years. Carbon dioxide concentrations have skyrocketed over the past two years due in part to natural […]

Toward the betterment of tomorrow

Letter from the Executive Director “Let your vision be guided by hope, your path be adventurous, and the power of your thoughts be directed toward the betterment of tomorrow.” — Will Steger Our founder, Will Steger wrote these words in a letter to students from his International Trans-Antarctica expedition in 1990. Will’s words ring true […]

From one adventure to the next

Letter from the Executive Director The snow seems to have followed me from the mountain west, supporting my transition back to Minnesota and Climate Generation. My journey was not without reminders that climate change does indeed affect the people, places, and sports that I love, from an initial limited snowpack in Utah and Colorado to […]

Climate Education: Minnesota Students Connecting with Japanese Students

In 2015, I attended my first Climate Generation Summer Institute for Teachers with one burning question: “Why doesn’t every high school in Minnesota require Earth & Space Science for graduation?” As a geologist, I value our dependence on the earth and often wonder, “Where do our materials come from?” Though my passion for geology guided […]

Saying Goodbye, State Fair, and New Resources, Oh My!

Letter from the Executive Director This month marks a difficult turning point as we say goodbye to a friend and colleague of 11 years – Abby Fenton, Youth Programs Director. As a founding staff member, Abby began as Education Coordinator for the 2007 Global Warming 101 Expedition to Baffin Island. Will and I asked her […]

Climate Action: Local to Global

Letter from the Executive Director In West Antarctica, changes loom at a frightening pace. Last week we learned of the break off of a large iceberg on the Larsen C ice shelf (Larsen A broke off in 1995; Larsen B in 2002). Our founder Will Steger issued his statement about the split, in addition to […]

Climate Education in Action: Summer Institute 2017

Last week, we wrapped up our 12th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment! Over 50 educators from more than 10 states joined us for four impactful days of climate change education, supported by the generous contributions of our sponsors and donors. Special thanks to those […]

Cultivating Climate Leadership

Letter from the Executive Director Despite the decision by the current administration to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, we are already seeing leadership from cities, states and the private sector to fill the void in climate leadership. From Minnesota announcing it will join 12 other states to commit to the Paris accord […]