Hi, our names are Tessa Ruff and Sophia Showalter. We are members of the YEA! MN Steering Committee as well as leaders of the Hopkins High School Earth Club. Recently, we applied for and received a grant through the Hopkins Education Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the Hopkins School District.
Wednesday October 2nd marked the Ceremonial signing of our Clean Energy and Jobs bill - also known as the Omnibus Jobs and Economic Development bill (HF729 / SF 1057).
Due to our Clean Energy and Jobs campaign efforts, the 2013 Legislature passed solar energy legislation.
Hundreds rallied at the Minnesota state capitol on Earth Day to answer Governor Dayton’s call to build a sustainable energy future for our state in support of clean energy and good jobs!
This past Tuesday YEA! MN (Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota) teamed up with MPIRG (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group) to create a youth centered lobby day at the state capitol. Tons of youth from around Minnesota, came to the event. Everyone was excited to learn about the legislative process and make a difference in our state’s environmental policy. Students learned how to lobby with their designated senators and representatives from a workshop lead by MPIRG. Then everyone divided into groups to learn more specifically about the topics on which they wanted to lobby on. The topics were the solar standard in Minnesota, the recycling refund act, Voter ID, and environmental defense of existing bills. Students met with senators and representatives in meetings MPIRG had set up. The day concluded with all the participants singing Let’s Use the Sun (to the tune of Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles) written by Shira Breen and the South High School environmental club, The Green Tigers.
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