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A Year of Possibility

Letter from the Executive Director As 2018 begins, we take stock of the challenges we face with renewed vigor and energy for the year ahead. While our political system continues to push an anti-science, pro-fossil fuel industry agenda, the spectacularly hopeful news is this: youth, communities, businesses, and energy markets are offering real, tangible solutions. […]

The Water Knife

As part of Climate Generation’s December #TeachClimate Network meeting, we read The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi. One of our regular attendees, Betsy Wilkening, an educator for Arizona Project WET, wrote a detailed review about this dystopian book. As a fifth-generation Arizonan who educates teachers, students, and the public about water with Arizona Project WET, […]

The High One

We came around the bend on the Parks Highway after driving north from Anchorage for a few hours. I was in the passenger’s seat concentrating on the road ahead, as to not upset my stomach. Just beyond the horizon, I finally got a glimpse of The High One: Mount Denali. It was a sunny day […]

The World We Made

As part of Climate Generation’s November #TeachClimate Network meeting, we read The World We Made by Jonathon Porritt. One of our regular attendees, Sarah Niemeyer, an Earth and Life Science Teacher in Minnesota, wrote a detailed review about this unique book. Set in 2050, The World We Made looks back on the past 50 years […]

A Vision for Our Future

Letter from the Executive Director 2017 has been an unusually bad year for extreme, climate-related weather events–from floods and hurricanes to raging forest fires that are currently burning across California. As we’ve followed the seemingly uncontrollable fires, it’s difficult to dismiss that seven of California’s ten largest modern wildfires have occurred in the last 14 […]

Education Day

Today (Thursday) was Education Day at the Climate Conference and hence there was a strand of UN sponsored sessions and other organizations that had education presentations at their pavilions. The day included speeches of encouragement from eminent officials, examples of programs and accomplishments, and importantly, the voices of youth in music, advocacy, and video. The […]

Tuesday’s focus on state actions

Today (Tuesday) was fast-paced, and I will describe a few highlights. It seems attending press briefings and reading summaries from organizations are some of the best ways to find out the conference’s progress on the issues that are being negotiated. The Climate Action Network reports that there is progress on defining rules for national reporting […]

Meet the YEA! MN Core for 2017-18!

YEA! MN is led by a group of students called the Core, with support from Climate Generation staff. They meet every week to plan and lead workshops and events for the YEA! MN network. Between robotics, debate, testifying against oil companies, and more, these 8 fabulous youth are steering the ship this year: Abdisatar Jibril […]

Sunday Activities Around the Climate Conference

Today (Sunday), I arrived in Bonn. I had flown into the Frankfurt Airport and the highlight of the journey was to ride on a high speed train at 150 miles per hour. It was amazingly smooth and quiet. Along the way, there were well-cared-for fields and farm houses with many surrounding wind turbines. My host […]

Preparing for my education focus at the Climate Conference

“Education is a secret weapon in fighting climate change.” That is an approximation of a quote I recently heard. The speaker was referring to the long term effort that is needed to combat and adapt to climate change and the role education can play in supporting the efforts of the current and next generations of […]