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Friday, 10 September 2010 09:52

Fall Education Edition - WSF Out in the World!

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Letter from the Executive Director

As we move into fall and the beginning of school, our education and emerging leaders programs are taking off! With the support of our staff – Kristen who manages our K-12 Education Program, Abby who directs our Youth/Emerging Leaders Program, and Richmond Appleton who is coordinating our high school program, YEA! Minnesota, we are expanding our reach among youth and educators across the Minnesota and the Midwest this fall - join us at one of these many events and please spread the word about our resources!

Sincerely,

Nicole Rom, Executive Director

Wednesday, 08 September 2010 09:58

Climate Historian Visits Minnesota!

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Letter In early July, climate science was vindicated by several British commissions and in the United States from the dubious "Climate Gate" scandal. As Jim Lenfestey eloquently captured in a recent op-ed in the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune, "most importantly, all review panels affirmed the underlying science and thereby the established scientific consensus that human activity is warming the planet." Thus, the rigor of climate science is no longer in doubt.

This was the theme of many of our summer events this month. Dr. Naomi Oreskes, climate historian and author of Merchants of Doubt joined us for a reception and public forum where she spoke to over 250 people about the tactics used by corporations to confuse and misinform the public of the validity of climate science. She also captured the attention of educators at our 5th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, who were most interested in understanding climate change basics and tools to address the topic in the classroom.

In more unfortunate news, the U.S. Senate did not proceed with a comprehensive climate bill this summer. It truly is a failure of leadership in this country. Billions of dollars in private investment is waiting for a price on carbon, a signal that will provide the necessary innovation in the new clean energy economy. We need our Senators to act on behalf of all Americans and not just the oil and coal industries. In open letter to those working on climate change, 1sky eloquently captured what must happen next:

"We must redouble our efforts to unite American society across all divides in an unyielding call for action on the scope and scale of the enormous challenge and opportunity we are confronting. We are galvanized by the understanding that the political, human-rights, and economic repercussions of climate change transcend the "environmental issue" label, and present a nationwide challenge requiring a unified response. As United States citizens, we understand our moral and ethical responsibility to act with resolve -- both as members of a global community, and as the leading per-capita emitters of global-warming pollution. We must succeed in building a nationwide movement that changes the politics of what is possible to deliver what is necessary; our very lives depend on it."

August 31 marks the end of our fiscal year. We would appreciate any last minute support of our programming!

Kind regards,

Nicole Rom
Executive Director

Thursday, 15 July 2010 14:22

Help us win 20k - Today Only!

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This month we are hosting a small group of European students studying climate change and sustainability through the University of Minnesota at Will Steger’s Homestead in Ely, MN, revising our Educator Resource binder in preparation for our Summer Institute, and gearing up for August’s educational events and Midwest youth summit.

With your support, we can continue to fight climate change and push for solutions. You can support us this month in a variety of ways!

Support our work through Chase Community Giving – vote for us on Facebook – we only need 900 votes to be in the top 200 nonprofits that are eligible to receive $20,000 – Expires Today.

Know an educator? Tell them about our Summer Institute for Climate Change Education – participants can join in person or via webinar.

You can also contribute to us directly – online or in the mail.

Finally, if you are in Minnesota, join us as we host Dr. Naomi Oreskes, climate historian, on Wed. August 11th at 5 p.m. at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs for a private reception preceding a free public forum at 6 p.m. Learn more about our special guest and her newest book in this article.

Thank you for your interest and support of our work!

Nicole Rom
Executive Director

Friday, 11 June 2010 10:59

Quarterly Education Edition

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SIGN UP TODAY for our Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

The 5th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education is on Thursday August 12th, 8:30-4:30 pm at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education & Conference Center in St. Paul, MN. Featuring renowned climate science historian and author Dr. Naomi Oreskes and Minnesota's own climatologist Dr. Mark Seeley.

This year we will look back on our last five years of climate change education outreach and curriculum development and take time to “Go Back to the Basics.”

Sign up online or download an application.


Our keynote speaker is in the news a lot lately!
For a sneak peak on our Summer Institute's keynote speaker Naomi Oreskes. Listen to the podcast produced by Center for Inquiry.

Friday, 14 May 2010 07:44

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The Bad News
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

First, the ugly news: You’ve probably watched or read about the oil disaster that is unfurling along the Gulf Coast. Thousands of barrels of crude oil are steadily gushing into the Gulf every day, threatening the lives, health, economy, and environment of an entire region. The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a stark reminder of the true cost of America's oil dependence. The federal government's response to this crisis must start with containing the spill and cleaning up the gulf, but it also needs to implement comprehensive climate and energy policies that address U.S. oil addiction. The climate and energy bill must ensure disasters like this never happen again, by creating a clean, safe energy economy for America.

Now the bad news: The media has fallen hard for the political game between Democrats and Republicans recently regarding the climate and energy bill; Is Republican Senator Graham in or out as a co-sponsor of the bill developed by Senators Kerry, Lieberman and Graham? Will climate and energy legislation include more off-shore drilling? Rather than continue to get bogged down in politics, it is time to muster the courage to do whatever is necessary to put a price on carbon. We were glad to see that Senators Kerry and Lieberman finally introduced the American Power Act earlier this week. The bill would establish, for the first time, effective national limits on global warming pollution. Those limits would get tighter every year and would drive investments in clean energy that create jobs and begin to end our dangerous addiction to oil.

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