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Lead on Climate

Letter from the Executive Director Lately I’ve been really inspired by our team, who are leading on climate in myriad ways. Four of our staff recently returned from Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps training, and they’re now working to integrate the climate science, tips on climate communications, and facts on the booming clean energy […]

Love and Resistance

Letter from the Executive Director Love and resistance are a powerful combination. Of late, I have been inspired by the passion, creativity, and sheer number of public events highlighting the resistance to rollbacks of our country’s progress on so many issues, including climate policy. I am also motivated by the show of support from the […]

Here and now

Letter from the Executive Director Following the tragic news across our country these last few weeks, and wrestling with feelings of grief and heartache, I’ve been struck by the urgency of two key words: here and now. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel paralyzed by these tragedies, but we know our work remains critical […]

Sparking climate conversations

Letter from the Executive Director I remember reading an article called “What the Warming World Needs Now Is Art, Sweet Art” by Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, where he wrote that although we knew about climate change, we didn’t really know about it; it wasn’t part of the culture yet. An intellectual understanding of the […]

Telling Our Climate Stories

Letter from the Executive Director This month kicked off with our annual donor appreciation breakfast at Red Stag, where supporters learned through storytelling how our work has been influenced by the Paris climate agreement. Our staff’s stories brought COP21 to life again, while connecting the experience of the UN conference with our climate change programming […]

Earth Month

Letter from the Executive Director Friends, Happy spring! I hope you will provide input as we look at our next 5 years during our upcoming Strategic Planning process – fill out this short survey by Friday April 29 to give us your feedback! Please join us for our annual donor appreciation breakfast at the Red Stag […]

Winter Weirdness

Letter from the Executive Director When Minnesota and much of the Upper Midwest hit the 70 degree temperature mark earlier this month, I couldn’t just embrace the warmer weather without a bit of sadness for what this change really means. As meteorologist Paul Douglas said: “This isn’t your grandparents’ weather anymore,” going on to coin […]

Boosting Our Climate Actions

Letter from the Executive Director 2016 is going to be filled with reflecting, refining and expanding our work, as well as celebrating 10 years of impact! Our next 3-5 year strategic planning process has begun with a deep dive into equity and what it means for our work at the organizational and programmatic level. Trainers […]

2016 – Year of Action!

Letter from the Executive Director 2016 will be a pivotal year for climate change efforts: this is the year we will implement the critical climate policies and agreements passed in the last few years, including the Clean Power Plan and the Paris Agreement. Our word for the year is ACTION. We all have a role […]

Celebrating 10 years of Climate Education and More!

Letter from the Executive Director June marked several milestones: We hosted our 10th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education where we celebrated 10 successful years of professional development, curriculum and training for over 650 educators since 2006! We participated in the 5,000-strong Tar Sands Resistance March in St. Paul, the largest anti-tar sands demonstration […]