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Arctic/Antarctic Resources

Arctic/Antarctic Resources (15)

With a geographic focus on the Arctic, WSF has compiled some basic information about the Polar Regions, from the differences between the regions, to educational content about Antarctica and Greenland and how climate change is affecting the coldest regions of our Planet.

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Climate Change Basics

Climate Change Basics (17)

EducationDriven by a commitment to solutions, the Will Steger Foundation provides information on climate change basics, giving educators and learners background knowledge to work towards slowing climate change.

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Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education (26)

The Will Steger Foundation’s Summer Institute for Climate Change Education is an annual professional development workshop held every August for educators and community members on climate change. Institute sessions include climate change experts, professional educators and educational experts, community resource professionals, curriculum resources and tools for action. Past speakers have included NASA’s top climate scientists, Dr. Jim Hansen, New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin, Inuit leader, Theo Ikummaq and author Bill McKibben. Partners include: St. Paul Public Schools, National Education Association and Valley Natural Foods. Institutes have been held at the School of Environmental Studies, Apple Valley, MN: Science Museum of Minnesota; University of Minnesota Continuing Education Conference Center.

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:17

Virginia

Written by Will Steger Foundation

Climate Minnesota:  Local Stories, Community Solutions

Virginia

TIME TBA

September 24, 2015

Location TBA

Welcome to the Virginia Minnesota community page.  This site will evolve as more details about the convening become available and following the convening a summary and further resources will be shared.  

Are you attending the convening?  Please RSVP here.

Would you like to promote Climate Minnesota?  Download a flyer for this event here.

Are you interested in bringing your community group as a climate action team?  Please contact Jothsna Harris at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Virginia Resources (COMING SOON)
Regional Climatology
Local Solutions Resources
Local Stories
Local Media
Climate Action Teams
Local Supporters
Opportunities for Involvement


Agenda  (Keep Checking Back as the Agenda Develops!)

Resource Fair (30 minutes prior): 8-10 community resource tables, leading up to the forum.

Welcome (5 minutes):

Connecting with Neighbors (10 minutes):

Kristen Poppleton, Director of Education, Will Steger Foundation

Climate Storytelling Video or Audio Clip (5 minutes):

Climate Change and the Duluth Community (30 minutes):

Guest Scientist, TBA

Community Reflection Activity (10 minutes):

Jothsna Harris, Will Steger Foundation

Storytelling Panel (20 minutes):

3 -4 panelists will share a their personal climate story, local solution or innovation that they have or will be involved in.

Solutions Presentation (10 minutes):

A facilitator will present on 5 tangible solutions and introduce the local resources that will support them.

Breakout Session (40 minutes):

Climate action teams will breakout and participants will be asked to select and commit to a solution.

Closing Celebration (10 minutes):

 

Convened by:

U of MN Extension 

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Funding provided by:

ENRTF

The McKnight Foundation

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

 

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:17

Duluth

Written by Will Steger Foundation

Climate Minnesota:  Local Stories, Community Solutions

Duluth

TIME TBA

May 18, 2015

Location TBA

Welcome to the Duluth Minnesota community page.  This site will evolve as more details about the convening become available and following the convening a summary and further resources will be shared.  

Are you attending the convening?  Please RSVP here.

Would you like to promote Climate Minnesota?  Download a flyer for this event here.

Are you interested in bringing your community group as a climate action team?  Please contact Jothsna Harris at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Duluth Resources (COMING SOON)
Regional Climatology
Local Solutions Resources
Local Stories
Local Media
Climate Action Teams
Local Supporters
Opportunities for Involvement


Agenda  (Keep Checking Back as the Agenda Develops!)

Resource Fair (30 minutes prior): 8-10 community resource tables, leading up to the forum.

Welcome (5 minutes):

Connecting with Neighbors (10 minutes):

Kristen Poppleton, Director of Education, Will Steger Foundation

Climate Storytelling Video or Audio Clip (5 minutes):

Climate Change and the Duluth Community (30 minutes):

Mark Seeley, Minnesota State Climatologist

Community Reflection Activity (10 minutes):

Jothsna Harris, Will Steger Foundation

Storytelling Panel (20 minutes):

3 -4 panelists will share a their personal climate story, local solution or innovation that they have or will be involved in.

Solutions Presentation (10 minutes):

A facilitator will present on 5 tangible solutions and introduce the local resources that will support them.

Breakout Session (40 minutes):

Climate action teams will breakout and participants will be asked to select and commit to a solution.

Closing Celebration (10 minutes):

 

Convened by:

U of MN Extension 

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Funding provided by:

ENRTF

The McKnight Foundation

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency


 

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:16

Burnsville

Written by Will Steger Foundation

Climate Minnesota:  Local Stories, Community Solutions

Burnsville

6:00- 8:30 PM

May 12, 2015

Diamondhead Education Center, Burnsville, MN

Welcome to the Burnsville Minnesota community page.  This site will evolve as more details about the convening become available and following the convening a summary and further resources will be shared.  

Are you attending the convening?  Please RSVP here.

Would you like to promote Climate Minnesota?  Download a flyer for this event here.

Are you interested in bringing your community group as a climate action team?  Please contact Jothsna Harris at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Burnsville Resources (COMING SOON)
Regional Climatology
Local Solutions Resources
Local Stories
Local Media
Climate Action Teams
Local Supporters
Opportunities for Involvement


Agenda  (Keep Checking Back as the Agenda Develops!)

Resource Fair (30 minutes prior): 8-10 community resource tables, leading up to the forum.

Welcome (5 minutes):

Connecting with Neighbors (10 minutes):

Kristen Poppleton, Director of Education, Will Steger Foundation

Climate Storytelling Video or Audio Clip (5 minutes):

Climate Change and the Burnsville Community (30 minutes):

Guest Scientist, TBA

Community Reflection Activity (10 minutes):

Jothsna Harris, Will Steger Foundation

Storytelling Panel (20 minutes):

3 -4 panelists will share a their personal climate story, local solution or innovation that they have or will be involved in.

Solutions Presentation (10 minutes):

A facilitator will present on 5 tangible solutions and introduce the local resources that will support them.

Breakout Session (40 minutes):

Climate action teams will breakout and participants will be asked to select and commit to a solution.

Closing Celebration (10 minutes):

 

 

Convened by: 

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Funding provided by:

ENRTF

The McKnight Foundation

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

 

 

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:15

Bemidji

Written by Will Steger Foundation

Climate Minnesota:  Local Stories, Community Solutions

Bemidji
April 14, 2015
Bemidji State University, Beaux Arts Ballroom

Welcome to the Bemidji Minnesota community page.  This site will evolve as more details about the convening become available and following the convening a summary and further resources will be shared.  

Are you attending the convening?  Please RSVP here.

Would you like to promote Climate Minnesota?  Download a flyer for this event here.

Are you interested in bringing your community group as a climate action team?  Please contact Jothsna Harris at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Bemidji Resources (COMING SOON)
Regional Climatology
Local Solutions Resources
Local Stories
Local Media
Climate Action Teams
Local Supporters
Opportunities for Involvement


Agenda  (Keep Checking Back as the Agenda Develops!)

Resource Fair (30 minutes prior): 8-10 community resource tables, leading up to the forum.

Welcome (5 minutes):

Mayor

Connecting with Neighbors (10 minutes):

Kristen Poppleton, Director of Education, Will Steger Foundation

Climate Storytelling Video or Audio Clip (5 minutes):

Climate Change and the Crookston Community (30 minutes):

Mark Seeley, U of MN Climatologist

Community Reflection Activity (10 minutes):

Storytelling Panel (20 minutes):

3 -4 panelists will share a their personal climate story, local solution or innovation that they have or will be involved in.

Solutions Presentation (10 minutes):

A facilitator will present on 5 tangible solutions and introduce the local resources that will support them.

Breakout Session (40 minutes):

Peer support groups will breakout and participants will be asked to select and commit to a solution.

Closing Celebration (10 minutes):

 

 

Convened by:

U of MN Extension 

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Funding provided by:

ENRTF

The McKnight Foundation

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

 

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:04

Crookston

Written by Will Steger Foundation

Climate Minnesota:  Local Stories, Community Solutions
Crookston
Time TBA
April 15, 2015
Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, Crookston Campus

Welcome to the Crookston Climate Minnesota community page.  This site will evolve as more details about the convening become available and following the convening a summary and further resources will be shared.  

Are you attending the convening?  Please RSVP here.

Would you like to promote Climate Minnesota?  Download a flyer for this event here.

Are you interested in bringing your community group as a climate action team?  Please contact Jothsna Harris at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Crookston Resources (COMING SOON)
Regional Climatology
Local Solutions Resources
Local Stories
Local Media
Climate Action Teams
Local Supporters
Opportunities for Involvement


Agenda  (Keep Checking Back as the Agenda Develops!)

Resource Fair (30 minutes prior): 8-10 community resource tables, leading up to the forum.

Welcome (5 minutes):

Connecting with Neighbors (10 minutes):

Kristen Poppleton, Director of Education, Will Steger Foundation

Climate Storytelling Video or Audio Clip (5 minutes):

Climate Change and the Crookston Community (30 minutes):

Mark Seeley, U of MN Climatologist

Community Reflection Activity (10 minutes):

Storytelling Panel (20 minutes):

3 -4 panelists will share a their personal climate story, local solution or innovation that they have or will be involved in.

Solutions Presentation (10 minutes):

A facilitator will present on 5 tangible solutions and introduce the local resources that will support them.

Breakout Session (40 minutes):

Climate action teams will breakout and participants will be asked to select and commit to a solution.

Closing Celebration (10 minutes):

 

 

Convened by:

U of MN Extension 

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Funding provided by:

ENRTF

The McKnight Foundation

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Sunday, 28 December 2014 23:34

Climate Storytelling Collection

Written by Will Steger Foundation

 

Climate Minnesota Stories | Climate Minnesota Convenings
Share Your Story

 

mndnr lakesWhen you think about Minnesota, what does it mean to you? How do you think climate change is impacting the Land of 10,000 Lakes?

The Will Steger Foundation invites you to share your climate story.

People remember stories, because stories are how we make sense of the world around us. Stories help to place abstract facts into context, and they can also evoke a deep emotional connection.

We recognize that storytelling is an effective way to communicate about climate change, especially when told from a personal perspective. In fact, our work at the Will Steger Foundation is deeply connected to the power of story. For over 10 years, Will Steger has inspired thousands of people through his chronicles of arctic adventures and his remarkable eyewitness account of climate change impacts on our polar regions. Will has been identified as an educator, scientist, and climate change advocate as well as one of the greatest explorers of all time. He is also a master storyteller…

Will Arctic“In 1987 I was let in on some secret research. Scientists studying the ice shelves in Antarctica pointed out to me what they thought was the coming disintegration of the Larsen B ice shelf. Then they whispered so no one could hear but me, ‘It is going because the planet is warming.’ I crossed the Larsen B ice shelf on one of my Antarctic journeys. Then, in 2002 I was reading the Minneapolis Star Tribune and there it was on page nine: a satellite photo of the Larsen B ice shelf of western Antarctica just falling apart and floating away.” – Will Steger

The issue of climate change can sometimes feel like an abstract concept that is far removed from our lives. It is important to realize that here in Minnesota we are actually seeing the impacts now, and they are affecting us in the very real and direct ways.

We all have a story to tell. What is your climate story?

Climate Story Examples

  • A story about your favorite place in Minnesota and how climate change has or will impact it
  • A story of a solution you have been or are involved with regarding climate change
  • A story about how your local community is responding to climate change
  • A story about an extreme weather event that has impacted you or your home
  • A story of transformation from questioning to accepting climate change

For more examples of climate stories, click here.

Climate Story Submission Guidelines

Submit your climate story as a written blog (300-500 words) or a 3-5 minute podcast, along with 2-3 photographs that represent your story. Your submission may be featured on the Will Steger Foundation’s website.

How to Submit Your Story

Step 1: Submit your information and give us permission to post it on our website.

Step 2: Blog Submission: email your story and photos to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Make sure your name is in the subject heading of the email.

Podcast Submission: There are a variety of platforms you can use to digitally record your podcast. Once you have recorded it, attach the file and your photos in an email with your name in the subject heading and send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A few options for recording your podcast include:

audio recordingVoice Memo on your Smartphone – Use your smartphone to record yourself reading or telling your climate story. Save the recording on your phone.

garage bandGarageBandThis site gives a simple description of how to record your voice. Once you are done, save the file to your computer.

 

Sunday, 28 December 2014 23:28

Climate Minnesota Convenings

Written by Will Steger Foundation

How is climate change impacting what you value in your community?

How can you join with your neighbors to implement local solutions?

Join us at one of our 12 statewide public convenings, where participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of how climate change has and will impact their community through a unique combination of scientific expertise and local storytelling;
  • Learn about local resources and organizations focused on energy efficiency, sustainability, and other efforts to address climate change;
  • Make a commitment to a local and specific climate change solution that will be supported by community resources. Solutions will contribute to the mitigation and adaptation of impacts, as well as to building community resilience.

The convenings will take place starting in April 2015 and will run through January 2016.

All convenings are free and open to the public.

All members of the community are welcome at the convenings, including farmers, city officials, business owners, community groups, artists, ethnic groups, scientists, teachers, faith groups and youth.

 

Crookston
Bemidji
Burnsville
Duluth
Virginia
Marshall
Detroit Lakes
Brainerd
Rochester
Owatanna
N. Mankato
Minnetonka

 

Convened by:

U of MN Extension 

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Funding provided by:

ENRTF

The McKnight Foundation

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

 

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"Teaching [through] stories has been shown to be an effective approach…stories touch on people’s emotional intelligence, value systems and community relationships...Additionally, it [this project] helps to build Minnesotan’s confidence and competence in communicating about climate change to their friends, family and community."

- Mark Seeley, Climatologist

 

 

Climate Minnesota Stories | Climate Minnesota Convenings
Share Your Story

 

The Will Steger Foundation is excited to launch Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions, a two-year project funded through the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Climate Minnesota responds to the urgent need to increase climate literacy and promote sustainable behavior change among Minnesotans by sharing the knowledge of local experts and the stories of individuals impacted by climate change. The project builds on the power of media for sharing stories and the importance of personal contact to reach a broader, more diverse audience.

The project’s components include: 

1) Convenings: Throughout 2015 and into 2016, we will hold a series of 12 public convenings across the state that will connect communities through local science, stories, and solutions that encompass the broad range of impacts that MInnesotans are seeing now. In addition we will hold two to four educator workshops that highlight local resources and build capacity. 

2) Climate action teams: Each convening will culminate in the establishment and ongoing support of peer groups in all of the 12 communities. These groups will focus on sharing their “climate stories” and implementing community projects that advance climate change solutions. 

3) Storytelling Collection: We’re inviting Minnesotans across the state to share their stories of how climate change has impacted their lives, either in blog or podcast form. We will present these stories online and encourage them to be shared statewide as educational resources and as inspiration for climate action.

4) Television production: Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) is creating a TV production and video segments that examine the different ways that climate change is affecting Minnesotans in various settings. 

 

Funding provided by:

ENRTF

The McKnight Foundation

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

 

 

Gather a group of educators to watch and participate in this informative webinar. If you are interested in hosted a viewing session at your school, nature center, or district, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . NASA will provide all training, all we ask you to do is gather a group of educators to watch the webinar through a Google Hangout. You will need a computer with internet access, a screen, and curious educators. Here is a description of the webinar:

Change Over Time: Investigate Climate Change Impacts in the Midwest

View the "Ask US" Flyer

The National Climate Assessment, released in May of 2014, summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, touching on many disciplines: earth science, biology, human health, engineering, technology, economics, and policy. Explore the document with Dr. Fred Lipschultz from USGCRP (United States Global Change Research Project), then learn about related educator resources with Kristen Poppleton from the Will Steger Foundation. Discover how to bring these resources into classroom lessons, engage students in data collection and analysis, share visualizations and citizen science projects. The focus on December 11 will be on the Midwest region.  Watch for additional regions to be featured in upcoming "Ask US" sessions.

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