WSF Youth Leader Joins #cleanenergymn Press Conference

Kendra Roedl from Minneapolis South High SchoolcleanenergymnKendra Roedl from Minneapolis South High School
Kendra Roedl from Minneapolis South High School

Today, the Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign released its policy agenda for 2015. The Will Steger Foundation is proud to support these common sense policies that will build on Minnesota’s clean energy success. Increasing the state’s Renewable Energy Standard to 40 percent by 2030 and the energy savings plan for utilities from 1.5 to 2 percent will create good jobs, protect our state’s four seasons and environment, and they are the right thing to do. Learn more about the campaign and our 2015 policy agenda and www.cleanenergyjobs.mn and follow the campaign on Twitter @MNCleanEnergyJobs.

Our YEA! MN co-chair youth leader, Kendra Roedl from Minneapolis South High School, spoke at the press conference. Below are her remarks.

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Hi, I’m Kendra Roedl.

I’m 16 years old and a Junior at South High and a youth leader at the Will Steger Foundation.

When the renewable energy standard was first signed into law by Governor Pawlenty in 2007, I was 10 years old, I didn’t know the thing existed.

I did however know the beauty of Minnesota’s land.  Even growing up in urban Minneapolis, I was able to see what wonders nature brought.  Living 2 blocks from the Minnehaha creek, I would play around there all the time.  Now, you can find me running or rollerblading along the Mississippi River, or swimming in our many clean lakes.

I now recognize the importance of renewable energy, and how the RES would better preserve these lakes, rivers, and streams.  I’m proud that my state was a leader in this way.  I want us to continue to be a leader moving towards more clean energy.  We’re barely scratching the surface, using just 1 % of our wind potential. We need to be doing more. And, increasing the RES to 40 percent by 2030 is one way we can grow more clean energy and the jobs that come with them.  As a millennial, my peers and I will be entering the workforce in a few years and we want good paying, clean energy jobs.

As I look toward the future for my life, there is a lot of talk right now, at school and as I’m looking at colleges, about reaching my potential.  I think Minnesota needs to reach its potential too.  We need to increase the renewable energy standard to reach our energy potential.  This is an opportunity for all Minnesotans.  In 2030, I’ll be 32.  In 2030, I want to live in a state that is reaching its potential in the clean energy sector and that has a robust economy with jobs that workers can support families on.

It is the responsibility of the previous generation to leave us with a healthy economy and planet that can support everyone.  Passing the Clean Energy Plan is important because it will increase clean jobs, decrease income disparities, and because it’s just the right thing to do for the planet, and our economy.  I hope that lawmakers listen, do the right thing for my generation, and pass the Clean Energy Plan.  Thank you.

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