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Youth CAN! a Success

On November 8th, 2014 YEA! MN hosted Youth CAN! A one day conference about the intersections of climate change, environmental justice, social justice, and what we can do about these issues facing us today.

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  • Youth CAN! a Success

    Youth CAN!On November 8th, 2014 YEA! MN hosted Youth CAN! A one day conference about the intersections of climate change, environmental justice, social justice, and what we can do about these issues facing us today.

    Watch the video and read the recap....

    Written on Friday, 21 November 2014 17:33 in Youth Action Read 82 times Read more...
  • Youth CAN! Building Student Power; A New Perspective.
    Youth CAN! Building Student Power; A New Perspective.

    On November 8th, 2014, 120 youth gathered at El Colegio High School in South Minneapolis to discuss pressing issues of climate justice and community organizing. With workshops on diverse topics such as Intersectionality, Climate Change, and Aquaponics, this event helped me understand the problems as well as the resources within our community. Overall, YouthCAN! was a great place to learn about climate justice and meet others engaging in community action around this subject.

    Written on Friday, 21 November 2014 17:20 in Local (Minnesota) Read 69 times Read more...
  • Youth CAN! From Idea to Reality
    Youth CAN!  From Idea to Reality

    Back in June, the YEA!MN steering committee and I took our year-end retreat to the Lake Country Land School in Wisconsin.  We came up with lots of big plans for our projects during the 2014-2015 school year, one of which was the Youth Climate Action Now! (Youth CAN!) conference.  At the time, it was hard to picture what the event would look like and how we would go about making it happen.  But many hours of hard work by the planning committee payed off, culminating in an empowering conference on November 8th that exceeded all of our expectations.

    Written on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:19 in Local (Minnesota) Read 214 times Read more...
  • Youth CAN! and Youth Did!
    Youth CAN! and Youth Did!

    I remember a hot, sticky day in mid-July in Washington DC sitting on my friend’s roof on a conference call with all my friends and committee members back in Minnesota, straining to hear what they were all saying. I couldn’t really hear what was happening but I could hear passion through the phone lines, people were getting ideas, and getting excited. We were brainstorming ideas for an event that would later develop into Youth CAN! (Youth Climate Action Now). This event took place November 8th at El Colegio High School. We had students from all over the Twin Cities metro-area, Wisconsin, and even Northfield and Worthington.

    Written on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:10 in Local (Minnesota) Read 137 times Read more...
  • Our actions are significant!
    Our actions are significant!

    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.

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Monday, 13 October 2014 12:26

Youth CAN!

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!

Friday, 12 September 2014 23:46

History in the Making

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!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 17:37

Climate Commitments Take Shape

Kudos to Minnesota-based General Mills for stepping up its commitments on climate change! The commitments make General Mills the first major food and beverage company to implement targets to cut emissions from across all of its operations and supply chains. General Mills Community Action is a supporter of our effective professional development offerings, including our annual Summer Institute. We thank General Mills for their leadership and support!
Friday, 11 July 2014 14:47

Risky Business

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!

Sunday, 15 June 2014 17:25

Cutting Carbon

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. 

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 06:23

Climate change is here.

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. 

Friday, 11 April 2014 16:51

Celebrate Earth Day!

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.

Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

March Forward!

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.

Saturday, 08 February 2014 21:47

Polar Vortex Explained

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. 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 12:27

Progress is Happening

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.

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