Climate Generation Gist

June 21, 2018
By: Climate Generation

Climate action is unstoppable

Letter from the Executive Director

Climate action is unstoppable. Our MN Is Still In: Leadership on Climate Action events demonstrated how individuals, cities, states, and businesses are taking ambition to the next level. We heard examples from elected leaders, sustainability leaders, and special guest James Redford at our June 13 events. We were thrilled to have Governor Dayton announce that Minnesota will sign onto the We Are Still In climate declaration as well, demonstrating our state’s commitment to going beyond the goals of the Paris climate agreement.

Late last month, Governor Dayton vetoed a number of policy bills that would have rolled back our climate and clean energy progress. Your calls, as well as the work of our youth advocates, were successful in seeing many of the goals from April’s Youth Climate Justice Summit achieved in this session. Sarah Goodspeed, our Youth and Policy Manager, covers the results of this year’s legislative session in her recent blog.

This month we said goodbye to some of our strong high school leaders who have wrapped up their senior year with YEA! MN, but with their input we are set up for another strong program year and look forward to Fall Kick-Off in September. We also welcomed our founder’s return to Minnesota after Will Steger completed his challenging and rewarding solo expedition. We will welcome two YWCA interns for six weeks this summer, who will develop a set of resources to showcase the many organizations and history of the Greenway building where we are located.

June wraps up with our 13th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, being held at St. John’s University for the first time. We’re thrilled to welcome over 50 educators from 21 states to our premier professional development training! Stay tuned for a reception with our Teach Climate Teachers Scholarship recipients in July.

As summer gets into full swing, consider supporting Climate Generation by signing up for a Climate Ride event in Glacier National Park, the Pacific Northwest, Michigan, Colorado, Iceland or even Nova Scotia!

From Will’s return from his recent expedition to our programming in action, check out our recent media.


Nicole Rom, Executive Director


50+ Educators, 21 States, 1 Institute

Our 13th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education is happening next week, June 26–28. We look forward to meeting over 60 educators from 21 states that focus is on the NGC curriculum. We’re excited to support teachers from states that have adopted the Next Generation Science standards that this curriculum supports to helping them become confident and competent in teaching climate change. Check out where teachers are coming from. If you can’t make it, but are interested in a workshop at your educational setting, we can bring climate change education to you.

Summer Cli-Fi Reading

The lockers are cleaned out. The grades are in. The campus is quiet. It’s time to relax and reflect on what was hopefully a great year with your students. As summer kicks off, our education staff wants to recommend our picks for “Best Climate Change and Energy Books to Read this Summer”—and we promise, climate fiction can be a great beach read! We hope you’re able to read a couple and share a few of your own.


Youth Mobilizing for State-wide Climate Action

On July 14, join youth from iMatter, YEA! MN, and other climate groups in a gathering to organize a statewide youth campaign to cut greenhouse gas emissions across Minnesota. Youth from around the state are invited to attend to connect efforts for statewide policies, including a youth petition to state regulators. The event will July 14, starting at 1pm at Minnehaha Falls, with more details to be announced. If you are interested in the campaign (whether or not you can make it July 14) contact

Join the Fall Kick-Off Team

In September, YEA! MN will kick-off the school year with a statewide summit for youth leaders containing workshops, toolkits for action, and time to strategize with your peers. Interested in seeing what last year’s kick-off was like? Check out the blog here. Would you like to be on the planning team for this event? Contact


Staying Cool in Record Summer Heat

Summer heat is here and NPR wants to know how you’re dealing with situations where the people, animals, or plants around you can’t cool down. Recent years have been among the warmest on record, with a spike in record-high temperatures. Contribute your experience to their developing series of stories on how rising temperatures due to climate change are affecting your life, business, or community. Fill out the form and NPR may follow up with you.

Pedal for the Planet

Take part in a life-changing 5-day bike ride or hike adventure with Climate Ride, while increasing awareness for sustainability, renewable energy and climate change. Select Climate Generation as the beneficiary of your fundraising dollars, and the money you raise will go toward helping us further our work for climate change literacy and action.

  • Ride or hike through breathtaking scenery and challenge yourself physically
  • Hear from bright minds in policy, advocacy, and innovation during a nightly speaker series
  • Connect with peers who are united to support sustainability and protect our planet
  • Support Climate Generation by selecting us as your beneficiary when you register

Check out the open rides here.

In The News

Minnesota is Still In

On June 13th, 2018 over 300 individuals witnessed Governor Dayton’s proclamation that Minnesota will join the We Are Still In coalition at Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy’s day of climate action. Read more about MN’s success story and bold climate leadership.

Climate Cast with Will Steger and James Redford

Fresh back from his Barren Lands expedition, Will Steger shares his takeaways from witnessing the changing Arctic. James Redford, keynote speaker at our MN is Still In event, talks about his journey traveling the country to document the clean energy revolution.

Will Steger on his Latest Arctic Trek

Upon Will Steger’s recent return from his solo expedition in the Barren Lands of the Canadian Arctic, Eric Eskola and David Gillette of TPT’s Almanac debrief his 2-month trek.

Cleaning up Carlton

Our Youth Convening Minnesota team, in partnership with Youth Eco Solutions (YES!) celebrated a successful climate change convening and environmental stewardship project seven months in the making.

Photo of the Month

Over 65 representatives from 36 MN companies and organizations committed to amplifying and ratcheting up their climate action at our MN is Still In Business Workshop!