Climate Generation Gist

December 14, 2016
By: Climate Generation

Radical, resilient hope

Letter from the Executive Director

At our 10-year anniversary celebration on December 1st, I spoke about the need for radical, resilient hope – hope that allows us to dig in and be the climate champions that future generations need us to be. Climate Generation’s core mission and values are deeply rooted in the hope that comes from working with young people, educators, and committed individuals like you all – this sustains us in difficult moments. Our celebration was a night to remember, and I encourage you to re-live the event – or experience it for the first time – through our photos and video recap on our 10-year event page.  

Our founder Will Steger talked about the importance of setting meaningful intentions to advance climate solutions. It is through our positive thoughts that we are able to be clear-headed and pursue a clear vision. In his words, “we will make the changes and draw down carbon from our atmosphere through the economy and good clean energy jobs. We are going to out-compete coal and gas and keep it in the ground where it belongs. It is the road of many expeditions that require each of us to be at our very best.” Indeed, as Will reflected on the expeditions where he didn’t succeed, he reminded us that it is through these challenges that we find the will to dust ourselves off, and begin again.

We were honored to be able to partner with so many companies, organizations and individuals to make this evening happen – these partnerships are core to the impact of our work. We encourage you to check out Penny Larsen’s beautiful hand-made jewelry of our logo, a great holiday gift. Also, look for Bent Paddle’s Climate Generation Black IPA at a liquor store or restaurant near you!

We appreciate all of you for a strong close to our first 10 years, and your help in setting the stage for the next 10.

Kind regards,
Nicole Rom, Executive Director


Build Your Confidence to Communicate Climate Change

audubonOur Institute for Non-formal Climate Change Education is for anyone interested in improving their skills communicating about climate change to the public or general audiences! Join us for a 3-day Institute at the Audubon Center of the Northwoods, where you will gain comfort in communicating on climate change, engage in climate change activities and workshops, and get a chance to explore the beautiful Minnesota northwoods. One full day will be presented by NNOCCI, National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation. They are highly skilled in communicating about climate science and want you to gain that confidence, too! Register today!

Educators and Special Guests Assemble for Roundtable Discussion

education-roundtableOur 10-Year Celebration brought together many of our longtime partners, educators and students, locally and nationally. We were lucky enough to put them to work for an hour-long informal discussion on Friday, December 2, about the status of climate change education, successes and support needed. Frank Niepold, ClimateGen10 awardee and NOAA Climate Education Coordinator, co-facilitated the discussion with our Director of Education, Kristen Poppleton. Themes that emerged included:

  • Climate change needs to be included in science and social studies standards
  • There is a need to work beyond the classroom walls with other teachers, subjects, administration, families, communities, and informal institutions
  • Students need real-life examples of climate change and climate solutions including authentic data, workforce opportunities, and trainings
  • Basic science literacy is needed
  • Action-based learning and skill building is essential
  • There needs to be a better understanding and teaching of the social and systemic context and roots of climate change

Emerging Leaders

Second YEA! MN Winter Mingler Approaches

yeamn-winter-mingler-2016We are eagerly counting down the days to our annual YEA! MN Winter Mingler on January 5, an opportunity to join with current YEA! MN high school students, family members, and YEA! MN alumni to get to know one another and celebrate our growing community. The evening will include food, conversation, and a chance to hear more about the work that YEA! MN students are engaged in this year. An RSVP link will be available soon! For more info, email

Join Our Team! We’re Hiring for a YEA! MN Coordinator

Please share with your networks! Climate Generation is hiring for our YEA! MN Program Coordinator position. We are looking for candidates with community organizing and policy experience, and most importantly someone who has a passion for climate justice and youth empowerment. A program of Climate Generation, Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota (YEA! MN) empowers high school students as powerful stakeholders to take coordinated action for a just transition to a resilient climate future for all. Learn more and apply here.


Join Us for our Indeed We Can Night 12/21!

Staff at Indeed Brewing have selected Climate Generation to be a beneficiary of their Indeed We Can charitable initiative! On Wednesday, December 21 during taproom hours – 3-11 pm – Indeed will be donating their net proceeds to benefit our work. Our staff will be on hand to share information about our current programming, and we’ll also have some fun prizes and giveaways. Grab friends and gather for a beer at Indeed on the 21st for some #ColdBeerWarmFuzzies.

Make Your Year-End Gift Today

winter-home-page-slideIf you have already supported us this year – thank you! If you have not yet made your gift, we hope you consider investing in our critical work as you make your year-end giving plans. Visit to support us in this pivotal moment. Your support will allow us to continue our advancement of climate change solutions, specifically by:

*Educating, mentoring and building the leadership skills of today’s youth climate leaders

*Sharing and implementing an interdisciplinary model of climate change education and public engagement that fosters climate literacy and action

In the News

Following Election, Climate Change ‘More Important Than Ever’

wcco-4-roundIn an interview with WCCO Sunday Morning anchors, Associate Director Janet Brown discussed the heightened importance of our work to address climate change following the election. She highlighted the increasingly urgent need for climate literacy and for building bridges with supporters of climate action.

Explorer Will Steger hits milestone in climate awareness effort

mprnews-squareElizabeth Dunbar’s MPR News story on Will Steger focuses on his motivations for founding our organization, his expedition accomplishments, and his emphasis on the economic prosperity that clean energy solutions could bring to a state like Minnesota.

Climate Cast: A poet’s response to climate change

mpr-climatecast-circleKerri Miller talks with our 10-Year keynote speaker Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner about her climate story, her connection to our organization and her belief in the power of art to motivate personal connection on the issue of climate change.

Photo of the Month

We were incredibly inspired by the talent, poise and personality that our keynote and MC contributed to our 10-Year Celebration. Thank you Kathy and Dessa!