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Two Americas

Today we heard the views of a majority of Americans, compared to the position of our federal administration, on climate change and clean energy. We know that a majority of Americans think global warming is real, that government should take action on it, and that as a nation we should support development of clean renewable […]

Preview of COP23 – UN Climate Change Conference 2017

It’s an honor to attend COP23 in Bonn, Germany as a member of the University of Minnesota’s official delegation and as a member of the multi-sector Climate Generation delegation. At the University, we have official “observer” status for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or UNFCCC, as a research institution. This means we […]

The Clean Power Plan: A Critical Step Towards A Climate-Resilient Future

The case for strong action by the U.S. to address climate change is growing by the day. After experiencing the hottest and wettest May on record last month, we can clearly see that the impacts of climate change are intensifying. In the past few weeks, international climate efforts have made headlines: Norway has voted to […]

Composting Competition Provides Lessons for the Future

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve witnessed students at South High throw plastic water bottles into our compost bins. And it drove me, as well as my peers in our environmental club, crazy.  Many of the items in the lunchroom are compostable, including plates, napkins, and food scraps. It was disturbing to me […]

A Year in Review: Reflection from YEA! MN Intern

In March 2014, I was an incredibly angsty junior at DeLaSalle, absolutely fed up with school and wondering what I could do to finish high school while doing meaningful work that would make me happy.  Looking back at the past year, I think I’ve figured it out pretty well.  My internship with YEA! MN has […]

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 […]

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 […]

Compelling Communities to Action through Climate Storytelling

Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions, a two-year project funded through the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, will uniquely feature individual stories to create compelling examples of how climate change has and will impact Minnesota communities. For more information and to follow the Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions blog series, click here.

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 […]

South High School Students Secure Hydration Station & Reduce Waste

Early last fall, Minneapolis South High School’s environmental group, the Green Tigers, decided that a worthy project to pursue would be the installation of water bottle filling stations, affectionately coined “Hydration Stations”. Our school, although legally unable to sell unhealthy snacks or soda in vending machines, continues to sell bottled water, which students buy regularly. […]