Climate Generation Gist

November 20, 2018
By: Climate Generation

100% in for climate action

Letter from the Executive Director

Our vision of a resilient world for everyone is threatened by a climate of hate and political divisiveness, and we are saddened by the recurring violent events that attempt to divide us. And to the communities in California that are experiencing the all too real impacts of climate change seen in the wildfires ravaging the state, our hearts go out to you. Know that we continue to connect the dots to elevate understanding of how climate change impacts people in our own backyards.

We find hope when we turn out in force to vote on the issues we care about, which we saw in the midterm elections. Thanks to all of you for being a #ClimateVoter. Of course our work does not end at the polls; we need to keep engaging with our democracy, remembering to respect those that have different cultures or hold different beliefs, keep telling our stories, and keep organizing to make sure we see bold action. Progress on climate action will be led by several states. We are excited to support a new campaign telling Minnesota’s new leadership we are 100% in on clean energy for all. We must push the governor-elect, legislators, and our senators and representatives to demonstrate bold leadership, ensuring a rapid, equitable transition to a clean-energy economy that works for everyone.

This December, we are excited to support four MN sustainability business leaders who will travel to Katowice, Poland to attend, observe, and share their experiences from the COP24 international climate summit. You can sign up for the daily digest and follow the delegation at

We kicked off our Climate Conversations series with Three Rivers Park District! We held our first conversation at Gale Woods Farm with over 150 people on the connection between agriculture and our changing climate; the next one is focused on art and climate change at Silverwood Park on February 14. YEA! MN youth leader Anna Grace Hottinger shares her perspective on participating in the Youth Climate Kickoff and her action plans for the year. Zaria Romero, a Youth Convening Minnesota (YCM) leader also presented at the National Adaptation Forum on her experience in our YCM project and what it was like to bring her community of Rochester together to talk about climate change and solutions. We are emboldened by our community who are sharing their commitments to local climate action in several recent media features.

Thanks to the our supporters who donated on Give to the Max Day, including those who stepped up to provide over $15,000 in matching funds. We raised over $30,000 on this great Minnesota give together!

We are hiring for a Development Coordinator! Please help us spread the word. Coming up, join us for our second Brewing a Better Climate Trivia series event at Imminent Brewing in Northfield on Dec. 2nd; and save the date for future events here.


Nicole Rom, Executive Director

Build Climate Literacy

New! Humanities Content for Educators

We are pleased to share our new Climate Fiction and Non-Fiction Reading Guide created to help educators bring climate change into their English/Language Arts classes, book clubs, science classes and beyond in a meaningful way. This is one part of our new Humanities content we are releasing in the coming months that connect climate change to the humanities classroom, which includes reading, writing, social studies, geography, political science, history, economics, English, and the arts. Read more about teaching humanities-based climate change education in our Humanities Position Statement.

Announcing our new Education Coordinator!

We’re excited to announce that Megan Van Loh, who has been with Climate Generation since 2012, most recently as Senior Programs Coordinator, is transitioning into a new role as our Education Coordinator! Megan has been providing coordination and support of a variety of our programs that aim to engage educators and the public with climate change education and opportunities for solutions. As our education program continues to grow nationally, she brings a unique perspective to support and expand the educator professional development and programming we offer.

Develop Powerful Advocates

Talk Climate Institute: Save the Date

Join us for our 2nd Annual Talk Climate Institute, March 25-26, 2019. This two-day workshop will be held at the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) in Duluth, MN. Anyone interested in learning new ways to have conversations about climate change and taking action at the local level is welcome to join us! Participate in interactive sessions that will help you discover your own personal climate story, understand the basics of climate change, and how to engage in solutions. Registration $100. Sign up today!

Meet the YEA! MN Leadership Core

Youth Environmental Activists of MN (YEA! MN) is led by a group of students called the Core, with support from Climate Generation staff. With over 400 students across Minnesota in the YEA! MN Network, the Core is tasked with nurturing this community, training new leaders, and coordinating action. They meet several times a month, manage a budget, and guide the vision of YEA! MN. We’re excited to introduce our 2018–2019 Core! Read their stories here.

Elevate Leadership

4 Minnesotans Attending International Climate Conference

Climate Generation is sending four Minnesota business delegates to the COP24 international climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland! The business community is providing a presence at COP24 as a critical way to show the enduring U.S. commitment to our Paris Agreement pledge, while around 200 countries continue the initiative to implement the historic agreement. From December 2–14, follow the UNFCCC’s climate negotiations through the eyes of these four sustainability leaders from infrastructure, tech, and food industries. Sign up for the Window into COP24 digest today!

Youth March for a Fossil-Free Future

Photo credit: Mairi Campbell Doerr

Hundreds of youth marched through the streets of St. Paul this October, announcing climate lawsuits and calling for a healthy future without fossil fuels. Responding to the urgency for action  that climate science shows is necessary, youth with the MN Can’t Wait movement are demanding that elected officials take swift action to regulate carbon so that Minnesota is on a path to exceed our carbon reduction goals. YEA! MN Core member Sofia Valdes tells the story in her blog.


Brews for a Cause: Climate Change Trivia

Sunday, Dec. 2
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Imminent Brewing, Northfield MN

Join us at Imminent Brewing for climate change trivia! Grab your friends, form a team, and test your knowledge on climate change science, sounds, pop culture, and more. A percentage of the taproom proceeds from the evening will be donated directly to our programs to engage people in solutions to climate change.

With our Brewing a Better Climate Trivia Series hitting six different locations across Minnesota through spring of 2019, you have several opportunities to learn more about climate change and discover ways to engage in action.

In The News

Climate Change and Hope for A Better Future with Nicole Rom

Listen in as our Executive Director Nicole Rom discusses #climate grief and hope, actions we can take, and the mission of our organization on the Rising Women Leaders podcast.

Why Brazil’s new president may cause more rainforest destruction, violence

Melissa Hotstettler with Gale Woods Farm shares her climate story on MPR’s Climate Cast podcast, highlighting the connection between agriculture and climate change. Climate Generation is partnering with Gale Woods Farm and Three Rivers Park District for the Climate Conversations Series.

Some Minnesotans find ways to take action on climate change challenges

Minnesotans making lifestyle changes to act on climate change are featured, from our founder Will Steger to our youth activist Shaza Hussein.

Water and climate in the American Southwest

Tim Reese, manager at Gale Woods Farm, share his climate story with MPR’s Climate Cast and shares the opportunity to hear more connections between agriculture and climate change at the Gale Woods Farm Climate Conversation on November 17.

Local View: Expedition toward clean-energy future making progress

Our founder Will Steger writes on the most recent collective expedition we are all undertaking: the switch to a renewable energy economy.

Why forests are crucial for reining in climate change

Storyteller Danny Friedman shared his featured climate story from our Youth Convening Minnesota project in Warba, MN with Climate Cast.

Photo of the Month

Over 150 people gathered at our Climate Conversation at Gale Woods Farm to learn about climate science and agriculture, and take away local solutions. (left to right) Boe Carlson – Superintendent Three Rivers Park District, Jothsna Harris – Climate Generation Public Engagement Manager, Tim Reese- Gale Woods Farm Supervisor