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.
Thanks to everyone who supported us on Give to the Max Day on November 14th! Eight donors generously provided $10,000 in matching funds – which helped us raise $18,075 from 76 donors! Missed your chance to donate? You can still support us anytime. All donations over $100 received by December 16 will receive a prAna gift card and can still count towards our matching grant.
October 2nd marked the ceremonial signing of Minnesota’s Clean Energy and Jobs bill, also known as the Omnibus Jobs and Economic Development bill (HF729 / SF 1057). Will and I were honored to join Governor Dayton and chief authors Senator John Marty, Representative Melissa Hortman, and members of the Clean Energy and Jobs coalition for this special opportunity.
The fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is due out on September 27th and is expected to reaffirm with growing confidence that humans are driving global warming and climate change.
Arctic ice is losing its reflective sheen. It's common knowledge that each summer, more and more of the ice melts leaving the dark waters of the ocean uncovered, which accelerates climate change by reducing the amount of solar radiation reflected back into space. Now it turns out that the surviving sea ice is also becoming darker and less reflective.
We hope you’ve heard the President’s Climate Change plan to cut carbon pollution: taking action for youth and future generations! The President articulated a three pronged approach in taking steps toward reversing the effects of climate change and leaving a more sustainable future for our children: 1) Cut carbon pollution in America 2) Prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change and 3) Lead international efforts to address climate change.
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