History will be made next week in New York City with the People's Climate March on September 21st, which is building up to be the largest climate demonstration ever. The march coincides with the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly. These discussions will set the agenda for the COP 21 international climate discussions in Paris in 2016. We are proud to be sending a delegation of ten high school youth with our Emerging Leaders staff to participate in the march and show world leaders that people want action on climate now. Click here to sponsor a youth!
Our office is buzzing with interns and activity as we prepare for our annual Summer Institute for Climate Change and Energy Education, August 4-6. We’ve been sharing educator testimonials with you on our website in preparation for our Institute. Your gift today will be matched dollar for dollar, thanks to a generous grant from the Still Ain’t Satisfied Foundation!
President Obama unveiled a new rule to confront climate change by cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the nation's greatest source of the heat-trapping gas. Power generation accounts for about 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA’s new rule sets overall pollution reduction targets for states and gives them considerable flexibility on how to meet those goals.
The National Climate Assessment Report came out last week and the main message is that climate change is happening now and is not a distant threat.
It’s April and that means it’s time to celebrate Earth Day all month long! We have several wonderful opportunities for you to get involved.
In recent climate news: The Winter Olympics have ended, earning the medal for the warmest of the modern era, with an average temperature of nearly 49 degrees and a number of days around 60 degrees. On Monday March 10th, a group of 30 Senators stayed up all night delivering speeches to bring attention to the need for climate action. The next big Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report from the world’s leading climate scientists is on “Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability” and will be released at the end of the month.
Scientists say the deep freeze gripping the U.S. this winter does not indicate a halt in climate change trends, but is actually an example of climate change in action. The weather pattern driving the extreme cold into the U.S. — with a weaker polar vortex moving around the Arctic like a slowing spinning top, eventually falling over and blowing open the door to the Arctic freezer — fits with other recently observed jet stream configurations.
The Will Steger Foundation is committed to addressing climate change for the long haul. We know climate change can be overwhelming and challenging to address. Those of us who are concerned about this issue know that progress happens at various scales and at different points in time. Sometimes our progress is incremental, such as an educator reaching a classroom with our climate and energy resources. Sometimes it is large, such as when the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission responded recently to Will Steger’s compelling testimony and powerful citizen input to vote unanimously to retire the state’s largest utilities coal-fired power plants.
We started off the month with giving #climatethanks, a national initiative launched by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication on twitter, to honor the individuals and organizations like ours working tirelessly to raise awareness and create climate change solutions. We thanked all of our climate champions in Minnesota, our clean energy leaders, our youth and educators, and partner organizations. Of course, our largest thanks goes out to you – for supporting our work and helping us in the fight for a safe climate.
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