On March 6, 2019, nearly 200 youth from 42 schools gathered at the MN State Capitol to act for climate solutions and a just society!

Youth met with 50 legislators, participated in workshops to hone storytelling skills, discussed environmental justice, and built relationships to carry forward in their organizing.

Youth head their lobby meetings

Coming Together for Collective Action

Gathered at the Good Neighbor Center, youth leaders with MN Can’t Wait facilitated the entire day, training attendees in how to have an effective lobby meeting and teaching group songs. Youth, along with facilitators from Women for Political Change and MN350, led workshops and an art-making space. Students talked with their legislators about the youth-led MN Green New Deal bill, related bills calling for 100% carbon-free energy, and the bill to create a taskforce to address the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Additionally, youth gathered three signatures from legislators committing to support the movement to stop the Line 3 tar sands pipeline.

Sophia Manolis and Anna Grace Hottinger speak invite youth to the international youth climate strike.
Sophia Manolis and Anna Grace Hottinger speak invite youth to the international youth climate strike.

In the afternoon, YEA! MN Core member Lia Harel (Hopkins) moderated a panel featuring youth speakers, legislators, and state commissioners discussing climate policy solutions.

Youth, commissioners, and legislators pose together.
Youth, commissioners, and legislators pose together.

Student speakers Tiger Worku (Minneapolis South), Katie Schroeer (Northfield), and Julianna Deibel (Eden Prairie) shared personal stories about why they are calling for policy action. Representatives Patty Acomb, Greg Boe, Frank Hornstein, Jamie Long, and Commissioners Laura Bishop and Steve Kelley shared their views on local solutions and the value of young leaders in the climate change movement.

Watch our panel of state officials including Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Commissioner Laura Bishop, Minnesota Department of Commerce's Commissioner Steve Kelley, Representative Frank Hornstein, and Representative Boe facilitated by Minnesota Can't Wait youth.

Posted by Youth Environmental Activists of MN on Wednesday, March 6, 2019

 

What youth said about the day

“Youth really do have a voice in our country.”

“There is so much power in talking to your representative or legislator.”

“I am powerful!”

“I’m leaving feeling more in charge of my future than before.”

Thanks to additional partners at iMatter, MN Interfaith Power & Light, and the Power Shift Network, and funding from Askov Finlayson, Carolyn Foundation, Helgeson Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and Still Ain’t Satisfied Foundation: A Foundation with Attitude for making this day possible.

Youth smile as they practice for their lobby meeting.

Youth pose on the capitol steps.