Climate Voices

November 22, 2021
By: Nicole Rom, Former Executive Director

November: Giving Thanks

‘Tis the season of giving and gratitude! Our Give to the Max Day was a huge success, having met our $50,000 goal on this great day of giving in Minnesota; and yet we also have Giving Tuesday on November 30th with more opportunities to support Climate Generation through the end of the year. Thank you for supporting Climate Generation; we see your generosity and it propels our work forward in this critical moment!

Our COP26 delegation has returned with reflections on this pivotal international climate summit. Read our delegates’ final reflections and our statement on the outcomes. A few positives:

  • The need to end fossil fuels is explicitly called out – about time! This is impressive considering the substantial lobbying presence by the fossil fuel industry which dwarfed any country’s delegation, and was twice the size of the official Indigenous Peoples constituency
  • 130 countries vowed to halt deforestation by 2030
  • 105 countries joined a methane pledge led by the EU and US to reduce methane 30% by 2030
  • 23 countries, not including the US, committed to making national climate change education pledges, including net-zero schools and putting climate at the heart of national curricula. That means we have work to do here in the US to advance these commitments given our focus on climate change education.

COP26 painted a stark but clear picture of the work ahead, as the fossil fuel industry continues to play a more visible and heavy presence to block progress. However, that presence is countered by the voices of civil society, Indigenous peoples, youth, educators, and non-governmental representatives who are louder and more unified in their demands that negotiators and decision makers everywhere truly meet the urgency that climate science and justice demand. As our founder Will Steger recently told our Advisory Board and supporter community: “Climate change is an urgent issue, a social justice issue; it’s about saving life on the planet.”

Our Education program is continuing to host monthly Teach Climate Network webinars for our 12,000+ educator community,  and is beginning to plan for the 2022 Summer Institute.  Our Youth program has settled into a new school year with two new staff members, Ethan and Daniela, and is supporting youth as they advance the Climate Justice Education Bill they worked on last legislative session, among other action opportunities.

Snow is falling here in Minnesota and we are entering a time of reflection as the organization begins to take time to chart a new chapter in 2022 in honor of our new strategic framework. Stay tuned for updates from us in the next few months on what lies ahead for Climate Generation.

Thank you for your ongoing support and investment in our mission – I truly feel we continue to play a critical and unique role in supporting educators and elevating youth and marginalized communities voices in demanding action on climate change and investing in human-based solutions.


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Nicole Rom, Executive Director