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Hi, our names are Tessa Ruff and Sophia Showalter. We are members of the YEA! MN Steering Committee as well as leaders of the Hopkins High School Earth Club. Recently, we applied for and received a grant through the Hopkins Education Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the Hopkins School District.
Wednesday October 2nd marked the Ceremonial signing of our Clean Energy and Jobs bill - also known as the Omnibus Jobs and Economic Development bill (HF729 / SF 1057).
We hope you’ve heard the President’s Climate Change plan to cut carbon pollution: taking action for youth and future generations! The President articulated a three pronged approach in taking steps toward reversing the effects of climate change and leaving a more sustainable future for our children: 1) Cut carbon pollution in America 2) Prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change and 3) Lead international efforts to address climate change.
The president is gearing up for a big speech in which he'll unveil his second-term climate plan. The plan, which will be announced Tuesday, not only discusses how the nation will reduce carbon emissions, but also help prepare the U.S. for the near-term impacts of climate change.
Carbon dioxide levels in the Arctic have now reached 400 ppm and climate scientists consider 350 ppm to be the safe level to avoid catastrophic changes. What does this mean? It means a number of important things – but what stands out is that the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere today is the minimum level we’re going to live with for the indefinite future since it will stay there for hundreds of years. It’s as though you gained the most weight in your life, and knew you’d never weigh even a single pound less, ever.
Yes, this is a very alarming reality. However, at the same time we are finding ways to reduce our energy consumption and empower action at the local level. We were part of a group that brought former Colorado Governor Ritter to Minnesota to learn and share ideas on how we can continue to lead on a clean energy economy through strong policy, including areas like energy efficiency, conservation and renewables. We also took a tour last week of the Audubon Center of the North Woods – an education partner and potential host-site for our educator professional development opportunities on energy and climate change. We were impressed by their commitment to reduce their carbon footprint by 80% in 10 years! They have made a variety of simple, inexpensive energy savings measures like insulation, low-flow water systems, and replacing all of their lighting prior to implementing renewable energy sources. Once they reduced their energy use as low as they could, they then implemented a geo-thermal heat pump system, solar PV arrays, solar hot water heating, solar air heat, and a wind generator. With these changes the Center has already reduced their energy use by over 70% and drastically reduced its dependence of fossil fuel sources of energy. We applaud their efforts as an example of what can be done to lessen our impact.
Nicole Rom, Executive Director
Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar: Eyewitness to Climate Change
Jan 15 - 06:30pm - 08:00pm
Professional Development Programs for Climate Change Education Webinar
Jan 29 - 07:30pm - 09:00pm
Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar: Engaging High School Students in Climate Policy
Feb 12 - 06:30pm - 08:00pm
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