This month is a very exciting one. While we’re celebrating the Supreme Court-ordered stall of the Keystone XL pipeline construction and the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, our work is ramping up across our programs. Get ready, we have so much to share!
First, we are proud to be officially merging iMatter’s local youth climate action campaigns, integrating the successes and lessons into our YEA! program, and exploring synergies with other programming. Stay tuned for more information as this program launches this fall, led by our Youth Campaign Coordinator, Akira Yano. As part of the merge, we welcome iMatter’s former Executive Director to our Advisory Board. We also are hiring for a new Youth Leadership Mentor to join our youth program.
Next, this month marks our largest and first-ever virtual Stay-In-stitute for Climate Change Education. Nearly 250 educators will join Climate Generation, NOAA’s Climate Office and the Wild Center Youth Climate Summit for an immersive 3-day experience featuring over 60 sessions and keynote presentations with leaders including Dr. Katharine Hayhoe (climate scientist) and educator, Kelisa Wing. You can tune into the keynote speakers Live on Facebook! Some of the other sessions will be open to our supporters and friends, but please let me know if you are interested in attending.
Our very own Climate Change Education Manager, Lindsey Kirkland, has also been in the news, from MPR’s Climate Cast to MinnPost, explaining the importance of comprehensive climate change education in state standards. Wondering what that means, check out the stories!
Also this month, Minnesota’s Attorney General filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against three fossil fuel companies for knowingly spreading misinformation about the dangers of their business and its resulting impact on our climate. We applaud the Attorney General’s office for taking action to protect all Minnesotans and to hold these corporations accountable for decades of deception and the harm their lies have caused to threaten public health and block bold climate action. (You can sign the thank you letter, too!)
Finally, EYEWITNESS is available in several bookstores across Minnesota! We have workshops and a virtual book club to elevate diverse voices in the climate movement and help you write your climate story to share with your policymakers. The series begins with Eyewitness Town Hall, The Critical Intersection of Racial Injustice and Climate Change on August 6th from 12pm-1pm CDT featuring Maria Isa, Ricardo Morales Levins and more!
Thank you for your continued support and engagement in our work!
Nicole Rom, Executive Director