My name is Cole Norgaarden, I’m a senior at Blake School and I serve as a co-chair of Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota. The reason I’m here today, and the reason why all of you are here today, is because we are currently experiencing a truly pivotal time for the climate movement, both as a state and a nation.
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Over 200 Minnesotans attended the Minnesota Environmental Congress on March 15th in Bloomington, MN, including high school and college youth from across the state. The one day conference provided an opportunity for representatives from environmental organizations, chambers of commerce, scientists, representatives from all levels of government, tribal leaders, as well as leaders from the business, student, and faith communities to create recommendations for the MN Environmental Quality Board (EQB) related to air, water, climate, energy, and land – and to shape a vision for the future that addresses Minnesota’s environment and energy challenges and opportunities.
The Will Steger foundation was proud to partner with the Minnesota Youth Environmental Network, and our Youth Environmental Activists (YEA! MN) program for the Next Generation Environmental Congress event held at the University of Minnesota on February 24th. The event showcased the vibrant statewide network of Minnesota youth climate leaders rising to address the most pressing issue of our time and underscores our commitment to youth leadership. The Will Steger Foundation's Emerging Leaders Program is aimed at growing a powerful and effective national climate movement by educating, empowering, and engaging a new generation of climate leadership in our home state of Minnesota and across the Midwest.
The Will Steger Foundation was a proud partner in the Forward on Climate rally held in Washington DC on Feb 2013. We sent four delegates from our YEA! MN high school program, including this blog’s author, with the unwavering belief that even youth too young to vote have a powerful role to play in the climate movement.
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