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What a Green New Deal means to Minnesota

Climate change has risen to become the top issue for voters ahead of the next elections, in large part due to the demands of the young generation across the world, and heard loudly here in Minnesota. Hundreds of youth have rallied at the State Capitol and in their own communities over the past year calling […]

Convenings + Convergence = IMPACT

Letter from the Executive Director We kicked off the month with our participation in MN2015: Last stop before Paris, a conference focused on citizen engagement in climate change solutions. It was a great way for us to share our approach and the successes we’ve had over nine years with the public, educators, and youth. Our […]

Powering Up!

Letter from the Executive Director Team members Abby Fenton, Savannah Duby and myself attended the RE-AMP annual meeting in Detroit, MI in early July where we focused on how we can build a bolder, better Midwest Network through increased collaboration.  RE-AMP is an active network of 160 nonprofits and foundations across eight Midwestern states working on […]

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 […]

Feelin’ the Love!

We’ve been feeling a lot of love this month at the Will Steger Foundation! We’ve seen MPR cover climate change in a bigger and bolder way, including a feature with our founder Will Steger. Our partner educator, Craig Johnson, from the School of Environmental Studies (SES) in Apple Valley, MN was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for […]

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 […]

Big Plans for 2015!

As we reflect on 2014, the hottest year on record globally, we also saw some positive climate change solutions advanced. In June, the Obama administration took its biggest step yet to address climate change by introducing regulations to limit greenhouse gases from existing power plants. And the U. S. climate movement grew in grassroots might […]

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. The inspiration for Youth CAN!, (Youth Climate Action Now!), came from an idea by YEA! MN steering committee student, Sjournee Cornelius-Quaidoo, […]

Reflections on Changing Minds at Roseville High School

My passion first started when I saw Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, where I wondered how we as a society could overlook such an obvious crisis looming overhead, or at least obvious to some of us. I wanted to be a part of the solution, not the problem.

Anything and Everything Happens: An Experience in India

My name is Sarah Evans and I am a rising senior at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. This next year I will be graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies and Latin. This summer, I was lucky enough to be accepted into the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University […]