Watch our Education webcast in partnership with the Climate Literacy Network (CLEAN), featuring our delegates John Olson and Adri Arquin.
When the U.S. announced that it would pull out of the Paris Agreement, it was quickly realized that others would need to step into the leadership vacuum. In addition to cities, states, colleges and universities, businesses have increasingly stepped into this role. To date, over 1,700 companies have signed on to the “We Are Still In” initiative to meet Paris Agreement targets without a federal commitment.
It has been impressive to watch the strong leadership from MN-based companies. Best Buy Corporation recently committed to a 60% reduction in carbon by 2020, and Target Corporation recently announced its aggressive carbon reduction goals alongside its 100% renewable energy goal in domestic operations.
Target’s new climate policy opens by simply stating that “Target acknowledges the scientific consensus that the climate is changing, that our business is contributing to that change, and that our supply chain, operations, and customers will continue to be impacted by the effects of climate change.” It is inspiring to see large-scale corporations taking responsibility for solutions and addressing the urgency required as the world takes action.
Today, leaders from Target, the Science Museum of Minnesota, Fresh Energy, Minnesota Governor’s office, and our own delegate, Minority House Leader, Melissa Hortman will come together under the U.S. Climate Action Pavilion to showcase the carbon reduction and climate action happening in America’s heartland. This panel will focus on the transition from Minnesota’s historically carbon-intensive economy which includes industry, agriculture, coal, and transportation to cleaner sources. Through bipartisan policy and business leadership, our state has made big achievements in decarbonization and has established nation-leading commitments to carbon reduction in the power sector. Tune in at 9 a.m. CST.
Don’t miss today’s webinar with Minority Leader Melissa Hortman at 12 p.m. CST as she covers the subnational and local U.S. presence at COP23.
Climate Generation Delegation Blogs
You can also check out student blogs from youth delegates representing the School of Environmental Studies students at COP23.
Mark your calendar for the COP23 webcasts at 12 p.m. CST throughout the experience!
November 15: Click here to join Minority Leader Melissa Hortman’s webinar on the presence of local U.S. government and leadership in Bonn.
November 16: Click here to join Aurora’s webinar as she discusses the role of Indigenous leaders and her climate action experience in Bonn.
November 8: Watch Espoir, Ian, and Cheryl discuss the first few days in Bonn and how it feels to be an American at the conference.
November 9: Watch Ellen Anderson and Leigh Currie discuss American presence at COP23 and what they plan to do once they return to Minnesota.
November 14: Watch the CLEAN (Climate Literacy) Network webinar featuring education professional, John Olson and Adri, a junior high school student.
Save the Date
Don’t miss our post-COP23 panel on November 27th, 12 to 1 p.m. CST, featuring representation from Governor Dayton’s office and our Minnesota delegates as they reflect on the Bonn Climate Talks. Attend in person or tune in digitally through our live webcast.
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