Climate Voices

April 12, 2018
By: Lauren Boritzke Smith, Communications and Marketing Manager

Advocate & Appreciate our Planet Earth!

“To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”  – TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS

Earth Day is right around the corner. We’re looking forward to celebrating our planet and demonstrating the importance of environmental protection beyond April 22nd — our love for this planet we call home is bigger than just one day, and we hope yours is, too. Check out our upcoming opportunities to engage in local climate action during “Earth Week” and beyond!

Youth Clean Electricity Summit – Saturday, April 14
11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Rochester Public Library, 101 2nd Street SE

In some cities in Minnesota, 83% of the electricity comes from coal. Youth from iMatter are organizing to change that. Join the Rochester-Olmsted Youth Commission, Rochester Public Library, and iMatter to hear from prominent youth voices in the Minnesota climate movement who are brainstorming strategies to make lasting change for our families and neighbors. Our very own Sophia Manolis, a YEA! MN Core member, will speak to attendees. Free to attend.

Student Earth Week Action Toolkit
Online PDF

Looking to get your school to commit to taking action during Earth Week? Check out our 5-day model of ideas, from lights-out day to car-free transport, to coordinate sustained action within your school community. Pass this Toolkit along to students you know for a bigger impact across our state!

Brewing a Better Climate – Monday, April 16
5 – 8 p.m.
Surly Brewing, 420 Malcolm Ave S, Minneapolis

Test your climate change knowledge in trivia, win prizes from local restaurants and sports teams, cheer to great beer, and create interactive art at our Brewing a Better Climate fundraiser! All to support the innovative work we do to engage individuals and communities in local solutions to climate change. $10 registration. Trivia begins at 6 p.m.

#TeachClimate Network and Book Club  – Wednesday, April 18
7 p.m.
Online meeting

Are you an educator? Join our #TeachClimate Network discussing climate change fiction (cli-fi) books, the challenges and successes of implementing climate change education, and current climate change news during their April call. They will discuss Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth by Molly Bang.

Youth Climate Convening – New London Spicer –  Saturday, April 21
11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, 12718 10th St NE, Spicer

The Youth Convening Minnesota team from New London Spicer, in partnership with Youth Energy Summit!, is excited to educate their community about how and why climate change is happening and what effects it’s having in the heart of “The Land of 10,000 Lakes”.

Featured speakers include Mayor Bill Gossman and Scott Glup of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Free to attend, registration required.

Climate Change Presentation – Sunday, April 22
9:30-10:30 a.m.
700 Snelling Avenue South, Saint Paul

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is welcoming our Director of Programs, Kristen Poppleton, to give an overview of climate change science and foster discussion on the ways the faith community can take collective action on climate change. Free to attend.

Continue the love for climate action and our planet with these events after Earth Day:

UW River Falls St. Croix River Summit  – Tuesday, April 24
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
University of Wisconsin-River Falls, University Center, 410 South 3rd Street, River Falls, WI

Discover how climate and land use changes are affecting the environment and communities within the St. Croix watershed and empower youth to take action towards ensuring a resilient future for us all. The 2018 St. Croix Summit starts off with a half day of inspiring speakers followed by an afternoon workshop for high school and college students hosted by Climate Generation. $25 ticket, registration required.

Youth Climate Justice Summit – Wednesday, April 25
8:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Middle-, high school-, and college-age youth are invited to join Youth Environmental Activists of MN and partners for the Youth Climate Justice Summit this April! Experience first-hand how to participate in government. Meet with Governor Dayton and MN Senators and Representatives to talk about why you care about climate change and social justice. Join together with youth from across the state to meet each other and discuss how to make change in your communities. Free to attend.

City Nature Challenge – April 27-30

The City Nature Challenge, a four-day, world-wide race to log natural species all around us, is about getting people outside to look for nature in their own city. We invite you to participate in the fun and find wildlife, take pictures, and share your observations. If you live in the Twin Cities metro area, read more about the Challenge here — there is a number of events happening in the seven-county metro area. If you live somewhere else, here is a list of participating cities. Free to participate!

Climate Ride – Ongoing
Across the country

If you love sustainable living, getting active, and supporting wonderful causes, please consider going on a Climate Ride or Hike this year! Climate Generation is a beneficiary and you can join one of these incredible bicycle rides or hikes to explore beautiful landscapes and have the time of your life, all while supporting our work. Participating in a Climate Ride event is an inspiring journey with a group of people who are united to support sustainability and protect our planet. Climate Ride also features an acclaimed nightly speaker series, known as the ‘green conference on wheels,’ where we hear from bright minds in policy, advocacy, and innovation. Required fundraising amounts for trips vary.