We know that to build a better future we must imagine ourselves there. We also know that despite current political challenges, there are many examples display how that exact future is already here. The clean energy revolution is marching on: 125 companies, including Walmart, IKEA, eBay, Johnson and Johnson, and Crayola committing to RE100—or 100% renewable energy. The solar industry in the U.S. employs more people than Google, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter combined! And finally, here in our home state of Minnesota, clean energy and energy efficiency jobs grew almost four times faster than all other job types between 2015 and 2016. Hello, future!
We need to get ready for this exciting new tomorrow. Recognizing the growing need to prepare students for the clean energy transition and Green STEM careers, we’ve teamed up with Minneapolis Public Schools to provide a “Green Alley” for the upcoming STEM & Career Exploration Fair on February 21st. The Fair will feature green careers including solar and wind installers, climate scientists, environmental lawyers, green design and construction professionals, and more. Green STEM career opportunities are rapidly increasing, and our students need tangible opportunities that will prepare them early for the workforce of tomorrow. We’d like to acknowledge and thank the event sponsors: Xcel Energy, Target Corporation, Best Buy, EverGreen Energy, and MPCA.
We’re proud of the growing business leadership on climate action in Minnesota. This month, Will Steger was invited to honor the visionary leadership of Ben Fowke, CEO of Xcel Energy as the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Executive of the Year. In other recent news, our long-time partners at Best Buy and Askov Finlayson discussed how climate change is affecting business and how to respond with MPR News chief meteorologist Paul Huttner.
We all know the past year was a deeply troubling and challenging one and yet, despite the challenges, we did make climate progress. Read all about our work last year in the 2016–2017 year with our recently published Annual Report.
Join us for our upcoming opportunities to act on climate through our local events and trainings:
- Feb. 22: Pillows + Pints: A Ski Movie Night at Able Seedhouse and Brewery
- Feb. 25: The North Face: Love Your Mother Nature Movie Night
- Mar. 12–13: Talk Climate Institute
- Apr. 16: Brewing A Better Climate at Surly Brewing
- May 2: Annual Donor Appreciation Breakfast
- June 13: MN Is Still In: Leadership on Climate Action Benefit Luncheon featuring Jamie Redford
- June 26–28: Summer Institute for Climate Change Education
Finally, we know this last week has been a challenging one for teachers and students especially. You are the heart of our work. Please know we stand with you.
Thank you for engaging in our work,
Janet Brown, Associate Director
Bring Will Steger’s 2018 Expedition into your Classroom
This spring, our founder Will Steger will head off on his next Solo Expedition through Northern Canada. The impacts of climate change in this region are profound, and Will’s weekly dispatches will share observations and reflections on how the Arctic has changed in his 50 years of exploration. Sign up to follow along on his journey with our map that includes links to recent articles, lessons, and videos about the arctic.
Register for our Talk Climate Institute
Space is limited! Join us for a two-day engaging workshop, March 12-13 at the Wilder Center in St. Paul, where you’ll learn new ways to have conversations with people that build respect and understanding. Discover the power of your voice in the climate change movement through interactive sessions that incorporate visual art, reflective writing, and storytelling. Open to the general public. Discover more about the agenda here.
Youth-led conversations on climate change
Youth across Minnesota are organizing public conversations about local solutions to climate change. Part of our seven-month long project called Youth Convening Minnesota, these events will happen in April and May in five communities: Carlton, Moorhead, New London/Spicer, Rochester, and Warba. In addition to planning the logistics and agenda of their local event, these youth join monthly video calls to learn about climate action and best practices with their peers in other cities and towns. Learn more and see if there is a convening happening near you.
Building a future where we all can thrive
YEA! MN alumnus Cole Norgaarden has led youth to act on climate change since he was an eighth grader back in 2009. Now, with a degree in city planning, he continues to work for change. Read his story here.
Have a pint for climate change action: Feb. 22
The third annual Pillows + Pints: A Ski Movie Night on February 22nd at Able Seedhouse + Brewery is the perfect event for beer lovers, ski and outdoor enthusiasts, and our supporters who want to protect the planet. Featuring free door prizes from companies like Askov Finlayson, Patagonia, Gear West and more, this night will be all about appreciating the adventure of the outdoors in the wintertime. The Dendrite Studios Powder Award Movie of the Year with Patagonia called Numinous will be shown, and $1 of every pint purchased will go toward our work here at Climate Generation to empower individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change.
You can check out more details on Able’s website, which also links to the official event Facebook page.
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Our founder and Minnesota author, explorer and educator Will Steger talks about his extreme journeys and his life’s work to local MN students. Calling a temperature of 54 degrees below zero “ideal” might make a room full of people chuckle, but for a professional polar explorer, that level of appreciation is all about survival.
Our YEA! MN Coordinator Jason and a youth Core Member, Marco, participated in the annual Powershift Network Meeting in D.C. for national climate action coordination.