Since 2006, we have been building climate literacy and action among educators, youth, and the broader public with tangible results at the local, state, and national level in terms of awareness, direct engagement, and public policy wins.
Annually, we reach:
EDUCATORS reached through
YOUTH through YEA! MN and public engagement
HIGH SCHOOLS active in YEA! MN
Big Picture Achievements
Building Climate Literacy
- Recognized by the Obama White House Climate Education and Literacy Initiative for our advancement of high-quality, standards-based, and interdisciplinary climate change education and public engagement.
- Our curriculum resources have been adapted for use by the U.S. EPA, World Wildlife Fund, Facing the Future, and the National Parks Foundation.
- More than 10,000 educators have downloaded our curriculum resources and over 1,000 educators have been directly trained to teach climate change through our Summer Institutes.
Developing Powerful Climate Advocates
- Over 100 high school and college youth participate in our annual Youth Climate Justice Summit, including a conversation with the Governor.
- YEA! MN high school students planned and facilitated Youth CAN!, a one-day climate change and social justice conference with over 160 students participating from 23 high schools.
- We co-hosted the Midwest Youth Climate Convergence, engaging 100 Midwest youth climate leaders on fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment in just solutions, resistance to tar sands pipeline expansion, and the just transition to a clean energy economy.
- Will Steger’s personal and compelling Eyewitness to Climate Change presentation has inspired over 60,000 Minnesotans to take action in their homes, congregations, and communities since he began presenting in 2006, spurring Minnesota to pass nation-leading renewable energy legislation, aggressive carbon reduction goals, and energy efficiency improvements.
- In collaboration with Minnesota Clean Energy and Jobs campaign, we passed the state’s first solar energy standard in 2013.
- With partners, we collected over 10,000 public comments calling on Xcel Energy to examine shutting down the largest coal plant in Minnesota. In 2015, Xcel Energy announced it would retire two of the oldest units at the Sherco Generating Station and transition to natural gas and solar energy on site by 2026.