When you think about Minnesota, what does it mean to you? How do you think climate change is impacting the Land of 10,000 Lakes?

Duluth 5Climate Generation invites you to share your climate story.

People remember stories, because stories are how we make sense of the world around us. Stories help to place abstract facts into context, and they can also evoke a deep emotional connection.

We recognize that storytelling is an effective way to communicate about climate change, especially when told from a personal perspective. In fact, our work at Climate Generation is deeply connected to the power of story. For over 50 years, Will Steger has inspired thousands of people through his chronicles of arctic adventures and his remarkable eyewitness account of climate change impacts on our polar regions. Will has been identified as an educator, scientist, and climate change advocate as well as one of the greatest explorers of all time. He is also a master storyteller…

i-gfd775p-XL“In 1987 I was let in on some secret research. Scientists studying the ice shelves in Antarctica pointed out to me what they thought was the coming disintegration of the Larsen B ice shelf. Then they whispered so no one could hear but me, ‘It is going because the planet is warming.’ I crossed the Larsen B ice shelf on one of my Antarctic journeys. Then, in 2002 I was reading the Minneapolis Star Tribune and there it was on page nine: a satellite photo of the Larsen B ice shelf of western Antarctica just falling apart and floating away.” – Will Steger

The issue of climate change can sometimes feel like an abstract concept that is far removed from our lives. It is important to realize that here in Minnesota we are actually seeing the impacts now, and they are affecting us in the very real and direct ways.

We all have a story to tell. What is your climate story?

Climate Story Examples

  • A story about your favorite place in Minnesota and how climate change has or will impact it
  • A story of a solution you have been or are involved with regarding climate change
  • A story about how your local community is responding to climate change
  • A story about an extreme weather event that has impacted you or your home
  • A story of transformation from questioning to accepting climate change

For more examples of climate stories, click here.

Climate Story Submission Guidelines

Submit your climate story as a written blog (300-500 words) or a 3-5 minute podcast, along with 2-3 photographs that represent your story. Your submission may be featured on Climate Generation’s website.

How to Submit Your Story

Step 1: Submit your information and give us permission to post it on our website.

Step 2: Blog Submission: email your story and photos to  stories@climateminnesota.org. Make sure your name is in the subject heading of the email.

Podcast Submission: There are a variety of platforms you can use to digitally record your podcast. Once you have recorded it, attach the file and your photos in an email with your name in the subject heading and send to stories@climateminnesota.org.

A few options for recording your podcast include:

Voice Memo on your Smartphone – Use your smartphone to record yourself reading or telling your climate story. Save the recording on your phone.

GarageBandThis site gives a simple description of how to record your voice. Once you are done, save the file to your computer.

Example Podcasts: