We kicked off the month with our participation in MN2015: Last stop before Paris, a conference focused on citizen engagement in climate change solutions. It was a great way for us to share our approach and the successes we’ve had over nine years with the public, educators, and youth. Our efforts to tackle climate change have led to significant behavior change and policy wins at the state level.
This month, our Climate Minnesota convening in Rochester celebrated Mayor Ardell Brede’s support for a goal of 100% clean energy by 2031 and empowered community members to connect with local climate solutions, including efforts to make that goal a reality. Our Midwest Youth Climate Convergence helped youth from across the Midwest connect on shared campaign strategies and dig into the ways that their work builds local capacity, stops dirty fossil fuel expansion and creates a new clean energy economy. Watch the video!
We have released our newest curriculum – Next Generation Climate, which supports middle school educators’ address both climate change and the new Next Generation Science Standards. This curriculum will be the cornerstone of our K-12 outreach for this academic year and the theme of our 2016 Summer Institute.
Our Legacy is up on our website, highlighting our major expeditions from 2006-2009: Baffin Island, Ellesmere Island and Expedition Copenhagen, the last time we took a delegation to a UN climate summit. Learn more about our upcoming UN climate delegation, Window into Paris: COP21 in our Education and Action sections this month, and learn how you can follow along starting November 30.
Thanks to the generous donors who stepped up to provide us with a $10,000 matching grant for Give to the Max Day on November 12th. We raised over $26,000 from 78 donors on this annual day of giving. We deeply appreciate your continued support of our mission!
Our annual report is now available, highlighting and celebrating our accomplishments from September 2014-August 2015.
Nicole Rom, Executive Director
Window into Paris: COP21 approaches
While we feel grief and sadness for the communities in Paris (and elsewhere around the world) due to the tragedy that took place in Paris on Friday, our Window Into Paris: COP21 educator delegation is moving forward as planned. We are connecting with partners through the #youth4climate coalition, an effort to empower young people around the world to engage in the UN climate talks. A recent White House blog covered this effort and mentioned our educator delegation. Learn more about how to support us in the Action section!
Our Next Generation Climate curriculum is here!
Check out our newest curriculum resource, Next Generation Climate, developed using Next Generation Science Standards as a framework for teaching climate change in middle school classrooms. Download or purchase it today.
Climate Minnesota convenings in Rochester, Detroit Lakes, Brainerd and Hopkins
This past Thursday we held our last convening of 2015 in the West Metro! People turned out to learn how climate change impacts them locally and to connect with tangible solutions they can implement in their own lives. The week before, we held our Climate Minnesota doubleheader, with morning and evening convenings in Detroit Lakes and Brainerd. Many thanks to our speakers, storytellers and solutions workshops providers we have worked in each of our 11 convenings we have held since April! Please visit www.climateminnesota.org to see the recaps from all of our convenings. We look forward to finalizing our evaluation results and hosting our last convening in Marshall in 2016.
Midwest Youth Climate Convergence a success!
One hundred young climate leaders traveled from eight upper Midwest states to join us for the Midwest Youth Climate Convergence, co-hosted by Climate Generation at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, Oct 30-Nov 1. This 3-day working retreat brought together experienced organizers to work together on existing campaigns related to tar sands, divestment/re-investment, and building the green economy through community wealth building. We explored the interrelated nature of these three issues through the frame of race, class, climate change and economy, with the goal of building a more coordinated youth climate movement across the Midwest. Read all about it and watch the video here.
YEA! MN pursues learning and partnerships
Young people in YEA! MN are journeying through three progressions of learning this year: 1) increasing their climate literacy, 2) understanding their role in local environmental justice work that often occurs in communities of color, and 3) learning effective organizing skills and strategies to build power and make lasting change. Young emerging leaders have a keen sense of hope and energy that is paired with their vibrant abilities to endlessly dream and imagine. This is exactly what we are cultivating out of YEA! MN and it will be exciting to see what we build in the next year and beyond!
Our interns, Kendra and Liam, have been working in our office and with other young organizers in the Twin Cities. Kendra, Liam and Addie, one of our 2015-16 YEA! MN co-chairs, are planning our first field visit of the year to Northfield, MN, prompted by our partnership with Young People’s Action Coalition (YPAC). Our time together will consist of co-teaching and learning from movement building workshops, a tour of YPAC’s worker-owned farm, cooking and relationship building.
Mayor Brede announces 100% clean energy goal at Climate Minnesota: Rochester Convening
At the Climate Minnesota: Rochester Convening on October 12, Mayor Ardell Brede announced his support for a city goal of 100% renewable energy by 2031. Paul Huttner, the keynote speaker, included mention of the Mayor’s announcement in his Updraft blog, and Fox 47 News as well as the Rochester Post-Bulletin came out to cover the convening.
Lauren Leith, a science teacher at St. Paul’s Avalon School, was featured in her local newspaper, the Park Bugle, regarding her participation in our Window into Paris program. Leith, along with nine other Education Ambassadors, will be traveling with Climate Generation staff to Paris in December to participate in the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21), an international summit sponsored by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Leith and the Avalon School hosted an Open House at the end of October so that the school community could learn more about these critical upcoming climate negotiations and how they can support our delegation.
Climate Minnesota doubleheader: Detroit Lakes and Brainerd
On November 2, our Climate Minnesota team, working with University of Minnesota’s Central RSDP Director Molly Zinns, hosted a breakfast convening in Detroit Lakes followed by an evening convening in Brainerd. University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley headlined both events, and local storytellers discussed the climate change impacts they’ve been seeing in the region’s lakes, farmland and forests. Detroit Lakes Online covered the morning convening, and the Brainerd convening was featured on the front page of the Brainerd Dispatch as well as in a Lakeland Public Television clip.
Show your support for a strong agreement at COP21
During our Window into Paris program, we invite you to follow our delegation via daily blogs and webcasts that educators will be leading back to their classrooms and the general public. Subscribe to our daily digest, November 30 – December 12 and you will receive a summary of the past day’s events in Paris, links to the blogs of the day, and information about how to connect to the next day’s webcast. SUBSCRIBE TODAY so you don’t miss a day of coverage!
Your voice is important and we would like to bring your message with us to Paris. We invite you to submit a position statement that we will bring with us to Paris to present to a member of the US negotiating delegation. Submit your position statement here.
Follow us on Instagram!
Climate Generation is now on Instagram! We will be posting photos regularly to showcase youth, educators and the public engaging in solutions to climate change, and will also be posting daily during COP21 to highlight key updates as well as the activities of our Education Ambassadors. Follow us: @climategenorg.
Midwest youth gathered at the convergence, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, to strategize around intersectional climate organizing.