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Saying Goodbye, State Fair, and New Resources, Oh My!

Letter from the Executive Director This month marks a difficult turning point as we say goodbye to a friend and colleague of 11 years – Abby Fenton, Youth Programs Director. As a founding staff member, Abby began as Education Coordinator for the 2007 Global Warming 101 Expedition to Baffin Island. Will and I asked her […]

South High School Green Tigers win The Goddard Prize for Environmental Conservancy!

An active YEA! MN school, the South High Green Tigers were recently awarded $1500 for their efforts to reduce single use water bottles at school. Student leaders applied for this award last year with support from Climate Generation and YEA! MN. With this funding the Green Tigers have enough funding to purchase two more hydration […]

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 […]

Clean Energy and Jobs Lobby Day- A Huge Success!

The Clean Energy and Jobs Lobby Day this past Monday was a huge success.  Well over a hundred high school students from around the metro took time out of their busy lives to come to the Capitol and lobby their representatives to support a 40% renewable energy standard in Minnesota by 2030.  It was a […]

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 […]

YEA! MN Year-End Retreat at Lake Country Land School Farm

The 2014 YEA! MN Retreat was definitely the best team bonding experience we’ve had so far this year. We’ve gained many new members compared to last year and over one night we became very close. We decided as a group we would take a trip to the Lake Country Land School Farm in Wisconsin. Our first day […]

MN High School Student Gives Closing Remarks at Huge Earth Day Rally for Clean Energy & Jobs

Priyanka Zylstra, Senior at Minneapolis South High School, delivered the following closing remarks at the Clean Energy & Jobs Earth Day Rally at the Minnesota State Capitol, following Governor Mark Dayton, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Senator John Marty, Reprentative Melissa Hortman, and Polar Explorer Will Steger. She spoke to crowd of 500 people and drew huge […]

XL Dissent: Why I Chose to Get Arrested

At noon on Sunday, March 3, 2014 I used a plastic zip-tie to lock myself onto the fence in front of the White House and remained there for nearly six hours in protest of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. Alongside me, 304 fellow young people did the same thing, while another 70 or […]

St Paul High School Students Get Creative About Funding Waste Reduction: Dodging Climate Change…Literally!

Bryn (center) and YEA! MN students at 2013 Power Shift youth climate convergence On January 17, 2014, St.Paul Central High School’s environmental club, Roots and Shoots, hosted its 2nd annual Dodgeball Fundraiser at the nearby Jimmy Lee Recreation Center. Why a Dodgeball Tournament? It was a fun way for the Central community to get involved […]