Climate Generation Gist

January 20, 2021
By: Nicole Rom, Former Executive Director

January 2021: Embracing a New Year

Picture caption: Comet Nowise and Aurora Borealis, photo by Chuck Dayton

With heavy hearts, our team watched the violent white supremacist attacks on our democracy that unfolded on January 6th — it was extremely disturbing, but sadly not surprising given the drumbeat of outwardly racist rhetoric in the past few years and the history of our country. Read our full response.

With a new Presidential administration taking the reins this month, there is indeed opportunity to address the intersecting crises of climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and systemic racism.

I find hope in the incredible climate leaders appointed by the incoming Biden-Harris administration; there’s promise in the diversity and experience of their selections. It serves as a reminder that we must always ensure the path ahead matches what science, equity, and justice say are necessary. We have been working behind the scenes to elevate climate change education, including training and workforce development in the incoming administration, in partnership with several national and climate change education organizations.

This year, for the first time, The Great Northern festival will integrate climate change programming; we’re proud to be a partner to bring climate action opportunities to you.

Meanwhile, our home-base state of Minnesota is taking steps forward to provide consumers with more options for electric vehicles, a critical step to reducing harmful climate pollution from cars. Plus, we’re excited to kick-off the 2021 Legislative session with the delivery of EYEWITNESS: Minnesota Voices on Climate Change to all 200+ MN policymakers alongside a public hearing, calling for strong action on climate justice.

To continue the momentum, hundreds of youth will join our virtual Youth Climate Justice Summit next month, pushing policymakers to take their climate commitments even further. Help us spread the word!

We’re just getting started.


Nicole Rom,
Executive Director