Climate Generation Gist

November 15, 2017
By: Climate Generation

We’re Moving Forward

Letter from the Executive Director

This month kicked off with our growing community of supporters and delicious beer, thanks to partnerships with Rahr Corporation and Indeed Brewing who generously hosted fundraisers for us.

Our multi-sector COP23 delegation had the opportunity to meet other local delegations and Minnesota’s Lt. Governor Tina Smith before they began their experiences in Bonn, Germany this past week. You can still sign up for our daily Window Into COP23 update, sent to your inbox through November 20. We’ve received great media coverage of our program, including features in the Star Tribune, MinnPost, WCCO, MPR, and Public News Service. Don’t miss our post-COP23 panel, Minnesota Reflections: Bonn Climate Summit, on November 27th, 12 to 1 p.m. CST, featuring representation from Governor Dayton’s office and our Minnesota delegates as they reflect on the international climate negotiations. Attend in person or tune in digitally through our live webcast.

We also announced Climate Generation has internally restructured for greater impact, including the promotion of Kristen Poppleton to Director of Programs. We are now hiring for a new position, a Youth and Policy Manager, who will lead our policy campaigns and new workforce development initiatives while also overseeing our robust youth engagement, including YEA! MN. Our programming is now under one umbrella to increase synergy and collaboration across our staff, utilizing each program’s strengths, assets, and resources. The core values of our mission, strategy, and audience engagement have not changed. This refreshed structure represents an exciting new opportunity for us to improve the quality, reach, and preservation of our programs and to strengthen our operational efficiencies, financial performance, and sustainability.

We’re energized by these changes and thankful to our wonderful partners and supporters who have helped us reach this important milestone. You will see slight changes in how we communicate our work with educators, youth, and communities, but you can count on the same standard of excellence!

Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s annual great give-together is tomorrow and we encourage you to donate to Climate Generation. Your gift will be matched thanks to a collection of donors who have stepped up to provide $10,000 to maximize this day of giving!


Nicole Rom, Executive Director


Join Us for our Mississippi Institute

“Meet Us at the Confluence” to discuss climate change science, impacts, and solutions as they relate to the Mississippi River and the Midwest. Educators are invited to participate in our one-day institute, which includes talks from experts in the field and activities that teachers can implement with their students. Join us at Fort Snelling State Park on December 9th. Visit our education page to learn more and register.

MN Department of Education at Bonn Climate Talks

John Olson, Science Content Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education, is representing our Window Into COP23 delegation of Minnesota leaders at COP23 this week. As an advocate for climate change education, John is blogging about his experience and sharing the role education plays in meeting the pledges of the Paris climate agreement. Follow his daily blogs to experience COP23 and use the content in your classroom.

Emerging Leaders

Day of Dedication Time Capsule

All ages are invited to join us on Nov. 18, 11am–3pm, at the St. Paul Capitol Rotunda for the Climate Legacy Time Capsule Day of Dedication. As the international climate negotiations (COP23) come to a close, people around the nation will gather to hold local politicians accountable to local climate action. Led by youth in the Sunrise Movement (including YEA! MN students), we will dedicate a time capsule to those who will open it in 2117. The time capsule will contain objects symbolizing what we want to protect in the face of climate change. Speakers leading local campaigns to get Minnesota to a carbon free economy will speak to the crowd. Read more to submit an object to the time capsule or sign up to attend. Not in Minnesota? Find an event near you.

Meet the YEA! MN Core

photo credit: Carson Kowalski

Every year, our YEA! MN program is led by a leadership core; these exceptional students meet weekly to coordinate local action, plan meetings for the rest of the student network, and lead their peers in action projects. Between robotics, debate, and more, our eight fabulous Core members are steering the ship this year. Meet our 2017-2018 YEA! MN leaders.


Join us for Minnesota Reflections: Bonn Climate Summit

On November 27th, we will bring together four Minnesota delegates who attended the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany for Minnesota Reflections: Bonn Climate Summit, in partnership with the Institute on the Environment. The panel will feature reflections on the international climate negotiations and next steps for local climate action.

If you’re unable to attend or live outside of MN, tune in virtually to the live webcast. Learn more about our featured panelists.

Continue to Stand with Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico National Guard photo by Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos

It’s been seven weeks since Puerto Rico was struck by two tropical disasters, yet the U.S. territory is still in a state of crisis. We invite you to consider how you can continue to speak up for Puerto Rico recovery and support relief. Use this link to identify your members of Congress and call your representatives to communicate that you support emergency assistance. Feel free to use or customize the script below:

“Hi, my name is [NAME], I’m a constituent living in [CITY/TOWN] and my zip code is [ZIP CODE #].

I’m calling to urge [CONGRESS MEMBER] to support an immediate emergency relief package for Puerto Rico to assist the 3.5 million U.S. citizens living in the island. Hurricane María made a direct hit on Puerto Rico, devastating the island and little progress has happened more than a month after the event. Puerto Rico has millions of citizens without power, water, communication or access to health care.

Will [CONGRESS MEMBER] do everything [HE/SHE] can to assist Puerto Rico? Will [HE/SHE] work to prevent more deaths? Will [HE/SHE] prevent more puerto ricans needing to leave their homes and island? Will [HE/SHE] commit, publicly to do so?”

In the News

Signs of Hope Ahead of U.N. Climate Change Conference

Former state Sen. Ellen Anderson, who is part of the Minnesota delegation to the COP23 Conference, spoke with Esme Murphy and Mike Augustyniak about the growth in clean energy and policy efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Minnesotan’s show world ‘we’re still in’ on climate change

Our Executive Director, Nicole Rom, wrote about the importance of local climate action as our nine Window Into COP23 delegates report back from the international climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. While the federal government chooses inaction, Minnesota is stepping up to represent climate leadership as a member of the U.S. Climate Alliance.

U.S. People’s Delegation Takes on Trump Administration at COP23

Community and grassroots leaders who make up the U.S. People’s Delegation are at COP23 representing local climate action. Delegations include individuals from Climate Generation, NextGen America,, It Takes Roots, and more. Indigenous communities, communities of color, youth, advocates, and policy makers are coming together in Bonn to showcase what true U.S. climate leadership looks like.

Minnesotans in Bonn Say Climate Progress is Up to States

Several Minnesotans are among 25,000 delegates from all over the world seeking global solutions to climate change in Bonn, Germany this week at COP23. Climate Generation’s delegation of leaders representing local action support our state moving forward despite inaction at the federal level.

COP23: The U.S. is out, but we are still in

Our Window Into COP23 delegate and Board Member Leigh Currie, with Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, shares how it feels to be an American at the international climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany. Amongst feelings of isolation, she strives to highlight the action still happening here in the United States despite federal inaction.

Photo of the Month

Minnesota’s Lt. Governor endorses our state’s presence at COP23 and speaks to the state-level climate progress happening in the U.S., despite inaction by the federal goverment.