Earth Day is celebrating 45 years this month! On April 22nd, our YEA! MN youth will be ramping up action projects and Earth Day events at their schools and presenting their personal climate stories with our Education Coordinator, Jothsna Harris, at the Minnesota State Capitol. The Earth Day Climate Rally at the Capitol also includes WSF partners at the University of Minnesota, Ellen Anderson and Mark Seeley, as well as MN350 and Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light. Representative Melissa Hortman and House Minority Leader Erin Murphy will also speak.
March wrapped up our incredible Dine for Climate Series! We were able to highlight the farm to table connection, the importance of eating and supporting local sustainable, organic restaurants, and grow our local network of friends. At the same time, we were proud to receive a generous 30% donation from each of our partner restaurants: Birchwood Café, French Meadow Bakery and Café, Spoonriver, and Lucia’s. Thank you to our restaurant partners and everyone who joined us at one, several or all Dine for Climate events!
We’ve been feeling a lot of love this month at the Will Steger Foundation! We’ve seen MPR cover climate change in a bigger and bolder way, including a feature with our founder Will Steger. Our partner educator, Craig Johnson, from the School of Environmental Studies (SES) in Apple Valley, MN was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for his efforts to engage students in climate change education. Over 100 youth joined the Minnesota Clean Energy and Jobs Lobby Day, with about 150 youth joining a Will Steger Foundation youth summit with Governor Dayton. Please continue to share the love by supporting our work. Join us for our last Dine for Climate at Lucia’s Restaurant on March 12th.
As we reflect on 2014, the hottest year on record globally, we also saw some positive climate change solutions advanced. In June, the Obama administration took its biggest step yet to address climate change by introducing regulations to limit greenhouse gases from existing power plants. And the U. S. climate movement grew in grassroots might as hundreds of thousands of people, including hundreds of Minnesotans and many of our youth, filled the streets of New York City in September demanding that world leaders act on climate.
In recent headlines: “Climate change is real, humans are mostly to blame, time is short, UN panel says…” The fourth and final volume of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) giant climate assessment offered no surprises since it combined the findings of three reports released in the past 13 months.
Mark your calendars for our new series- Dine for Climate- where we invite you to enjoy a sustainable dinner at a local restaurant, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Will Steger Foundation. When it comes to our food system, climate change solutions are close at hand!
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!
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