Over 100 Minnesota Youth Lobby for a Clean Energy Future
On a nearly snowless early February day, over 100 high school youth from the Will Steger Foundation’s Youth Environmental Activists (YEA! MN) program participated in the Clean Energy & Jobs “Day on the Hill,” lobbying their state legislators and meeting with Governor Dayton to discuss how climate change will impact their future.
Local view: Hottest year means Minnesota should act now
Will Steger recently published an op-ed in the Duluth News Tribune about 2014 being the hottest year on record and the need for climate action now.
Climate Ride 2015
Registration is now open. Choose the Will Steger Foundation to be the beneficiary for your ride!
Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions
This April we will host two Climate Minnesota Convenings in Bemidji and Crookston that will connect communities through local science, stories, and solutions that encompass the broad range of climate impacts that Minnesotans are seeing now.
Bemidji: April 14 - Crookston: April 15
Summer Institute 2015
Join us for our 10th Summer Institute for Climate Change Education as we celebrate 10 years of climate science and climate change education. Hear from renowned keynote speakers Will Steger, Frank Niepold and Ben Santer. June 15-17, 2015
Dine for Climate
Lucia's - March 12
Bring your family and friends to enjoy a delicious, sustainable dinner and a portion of the proceeds go to the Will Steger Foundation.
Most Recent Posts
Climate Lesson Update - March 2015
Written by Education
How are you teaching about climate change? Are you teaching a WSF lesson to your students? What is your favorite educational resource? Have you implemented a service learning project at your school? Do you have a twitter account where you retweet about climate change news? Any way you do it, we’d love to hear about and invite you to share it as a presenter at our Summer Institute for Climate Change Education!
SES teacher named Champion of Change by White House
Written by Media
By Jessica Harper
February 18, 2015 at 4:44 pm
Whether its attending international climate change summits abroad or encouraging green practices in Apple Valley, environmental studies teacher Craig Johnson teaches his students at the School of Environmental Studies to make their voices heard on climate change.
Climate Literacy Presentations at NSTA 2015: Chicago
Written by Kristen Poppleton, Director of Education
The Will Steger Foundation and other members of the CLEAN Network are going to be busy at the National Science Teacher’s Association Conference in Chicago in just a few weeks. Check out the list of presentations below. We hope to see you there!
Dirty Air Affects All of Us
I’ve always pictured extreme air pollution as something that only happens in China, where coal power plants, manufacturing, and insane car traffic create suffocating smog. Not until I was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma in 2013 did I consider the role of air pollution and air quality in my personal health. Inhalers help me manage my asthma, but I still occasionally struggle with shortness of breath.
When I learned that my representative to Congress, Keith Ellison, would be hosting a forum on air pollution and asthma, I knew I wanted to attend to learn more about how I can personally campaign for cleaner air.
Note from a non-apathetic millennial: Climate change is not hopeless
Written by Media
By Natalie Cook | 02/13/15
Courtesy of the Will Steger Foundation
Students meeting with Gov. Dayton last week about clean energy.
Millennials are lazy; environmentalism is only gloom and doom. These two common misperceptions get under my skin more than most. The millennials I know are social-change activists, and environmentalism is how they’re working toward securing a better future for all.
Will made a visit to Proctor during the first week of January to speak to the students of Jedlicka Middle School and Proctor High School and to hear from Leah Moore's eighth grade students. After his presentation students asked him questions that ranged from "What is the coolest thing you saw in the Arctic?," to "What have you done to help fight climate change?."
Happy New Year! Launching Minnesota’s Changing Climate was a highlight of 2011 and we are excited about continuing to expand this program in 2012.
Parks Climate Challenge schools are continuing to create excellent PSAs. Check out this great work from Bloomington Lutheran School:
We are still accepting proposals for Parks Climate Challenge mini grants, so feel free to continue working on your applications. Let us know if you would like to discuss ideas for your project or have any questions.
It is hard to believe we are almost to Winter Break! For Ann and I this means, believe it or not, Summer Institute 2012 is in the works. Please help us in spreading the word that August 7-8 we will hold our 7th Annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education. We will once again be able to offer mileage and accommodations to those traveling from outside the metro area within Minnesota. Details and registration will be available by the end of January. In addition to sessions similar to last summer, we are planning on offering an "advanced strand" for teachers who have used MCC. If you have suggestions for topics to address please let us know! Finally, we hope to persuade some of you to come back to participate in a panel of experts discussing how you implemented this curriculum.
We had another fantastic day of school visits with Will Steger on November 18 when we visited Roseville Area Middle School and MetroTech Career Academy. During each visit, students presented the work that they have been doing with the Minnesota's Changing Climate curriculum and Will spoke to large groups of students. Read more about the November 18 visits.
On November 18, Will Steger's second day of school visits started at Roseville Area Middle School where Will gave presentations on his experiences in the Arctic and the impacts of climate change to two groups of eighth graders. Since Roseville Area Middle School is a participant in the Parks Climate Challenge program, each presentation began by showing the top public service announcements that students had created about the Mississippi River. It was fun to see these informative and creative videos. Will then spoke to students and answered many of their thoughtful questions. Students were very interested in Will's experiences on expeditions as well as the changes that he had observed over the years.
Next, we went to MetroTech Career Academy where Will met with the environmental science class and environmental club as a small group and then spoke to the whole high school. In the small group meeting, students presented the action projects that they had been working on to find solutions to a variety of environmental issues as a part of the Minnesota's Changing Climate curriculum. Students and staff at MetroTech had also completed a survey assessing their carbon footprint, what they already do to engage in solutions, what are barriers to more action and what they will do differently in the future. They had gathered some excellent data, and it was exciting to see the wonderful ideas that these students had for their action plans!
Thanks again to our fantastic hosts, and we look forward to seeing more examples throughout this year of what students are creating as part of our Minnesota's Changing Climate program!
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