Thank you to all who contributed to the tremendous success of our 10-Year Celebration – The Hottest Event of the Decade!

From all of us at Climate Generation, thank you for staying with us in our work to address climate change. We left the 10-Year Celebration feeling incredible gratitude for our community of supporters – you all filled the space with unbelievable energy and momentum to drive climate solutions forward. You are a climate solution.

Relive the night – and draw inspiration for the 10 years ahead:

Reception and Program Stations

Before the start to the program, guests mingled, visited our program stations for insights into our work, and enjoyed our special 10-year collaborations from Bent Paddle & Peace Coffee.

Featured Speakers

“Will’s been there. When he talks about the Arctic Circle and the fact that it’s water rather than a polar ice cap, he’s been there, he’s lived it.”

– Governor Mark Dayton

“A kite only rises in opposing winds.”

– Senator Amy Klobuchar

“It’s easy to be hopeful when things are going well, but we need hope most when things are at their worst. I’m not talking about disengaged hope. I’m talking about radical, resilient hope, hope that allows us to dig in and be the climate champions that future generations need us to be.”

– Nicole Rom, Climate Generation Executive Director

“We’ve all fought hard, but it’s time to stand up, brush ourselves off, and look within ourselves to move forward on climate solutions.”

Read Will Steger’s full remarks here

– Will Steger, Climate Generation Founder

Honorary Chair Video

ClimateGen10 Awardees

We recognized the following awardees for their outstanding leadership in the development and success of our work to address climate change:

Climate Change Educator: Craig Johnson

Youth Climate Leader: Ethan Buckner

Corporate Leader: Aveda Corporation

Founding Supporters: Bruce & Jean Johnson

Volunteer: Aimee Jaroscak

Climate Scientist: Dr. Ben Santer

Founding Board Member: Michael Noble

Youth Partner: Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG)

Education Partner: Frank Niepold, NOAA

Community Partner: Birchwood Cafe

Keynote – Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner

Youth speakers – Cole, Ethan and Siiri’s Story

Three of our foundational YEA! MN leaders share the story of their climate activism.

Educator and Youth Spoken Word Performance

Educator and Youth Spoken Word Performance

Our educator and youth partners perform a spoken word piece to close the evening.

Educator and Youth Spoken Word Performance

Educator and Youth Spoken Word Performance


Following the program, we opened the doors to all to enjoy dancing, dessert and fire pits at Movement: An After Party.

Thank you to our sponsors:









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