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victus mike mageau2Cold weather has rarely stopped Minnesotans from going about their lives, and these days University of Minnesota-Duluth assistant professor Mike Mageau is proving that it also doesn’t have to stop fresh produce from growing year-round. Mike Mageau, assistant professor of Environment and Sustainability and Director of the Center for Sustainable Community Development at UMD, created Victus Farms a few years back to test out the sustainability and economic feasibility of an aquaponic growing system. Victus Farms houses fish tanks, greenhouses, plant and algae production troughs, with the fish waste fertilizing the plants and algae, and the algae separated into oil and organic matter, used for fuel and fish food.

Monday, 23 March 2015 18:18

DeAndra's Climate Story

image003Having moved around many times as I grew up, I have been exposed to the humidity and heat of the low south and the artic temperatures of the high north. Even though I planted shallow roots in each of these places, I quickly got to know local people and deeply understand the culture of the place that I was current inhabiting. One of the most memorable experiences I encountered that really made me start thinking about climate change and the effect that it was having on me in real time was the record breaking drought in Texas.

Monday, 09 February 2015 17:11

Opportunities for involvement

Climate Minnesota Stories | Climate Minnesota Convenings
Share Your Story

Attend a Local Convening
For a full listing of all twelve-public convenings, please visit www.climateminnesota.org. All convenings are free and open to the public. Click here to register to attend a convening near you.

Lead a Climate Action Team
We are developing climate action teams in each of our twelve convening locations. Climate action teams will represent a specific demographic, organization, or cause. Climate action team examples include neighborhood groups, student clubs, faith communities, educators, municipal leaders, native communities, farmers, and business owners/non-profits. A climate action team leader will bring together individuals that can attend the convening as a group and work towards a common solution (which they will select at the convening itself).  For more information, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Submit Your Climate Story
Storytelling is a powerful way to communicate on climate change, especially when told from a personal perspective. As Minnesotans we are actually seeing the impacts now and they are affecting us in very real and direct ways. Share your personal climate change story in a written essay, podcast or as a panelist at a convening. For more information on how to submit your climate story as an essay or podcast please visit our Climate Storytelling Collection or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Support Local Solutions
As a business, organization or non-profit you may be able to offer support for a local and specific solution for your community. For more information, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Table at the Resource Fair
A Resource Fair will be held in each community, during the half hour leading up to the public convening. Resource Fair tables will feature local resources that are aimed to build community, as well as direct or indirect solutions to climate change. The Resource Fair will accommodate approximately 8-10 tables. For more information, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Volunteer
Volunteer opportunities are available for all twelve-statewide public convenings. For more information, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:17

Virginia

Climate Minnesota:  Local Stories, Community Solutions

 

Virginia

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September 24, 2015

Location TBA

Special Guest: Will Steger

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 Speaker: Will Steger

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

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 Resources provided by:

 

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:17

Duluth

 

Climate Minnesota:  Local Stories, Community Solutions

 

DULUTH

MAY 18, 2015
6:15 PM RESOURCE FAIR
6:45 pm - 9:15 PM CONVENING
Duluth Depot
506 West Michigan Street,
Duluth, MN 55802

With special guests:
Mark Seeley, Climatologist
Mayor Don Ness

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 .

 

RSVP Here


 

Download Flyer

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):

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 Duluth Community (30 minutes):

Mark Seeley, 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

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 Resources provided by:

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:16

Burnsville

Climate Minnesota:  Local Stories, Community Solutions

 

BURNSVILLE

MAY 12, 2015
5:30 PM RESOURCE FAIR
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CONVENING
Diamondhead Education Center
200 West Burnsville Parkway,
Burnsville, MN 55337

With special guests:
Dr. John Abraham
Mayor Elizabeth B. Kautz

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 .

 

RSVP Here


Download Flyer

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):

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 Burnsville Community (30 minutes):

Dr. John Abraham, Professor of Thermal Sciences, University of St. Thomas

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

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 Resources provided by:

 

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:15

Bemidji

 

Climate Minnesota:  Local Stories, Community Solutions

 

BEMIDJI

APRIL 14, 2015
5:00 PM RESOURCE FAIR
5:30 - 8:00 PM CONVENING
Bemidji State University
Beaux Art Ballroom
1500 Birchmont Drive Northeast
Bemidji, MN 56601

With special guests:
Mark Seeley, Climatologist
Mayor Rita Albrecht

 

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 .

 

RSVP Here

 


 

View Agenda

(Keep Checking Back as the Agenda Develops!)

 


Download Flyer

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

 


 

 

Convened by:

U of MN Extension 

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Funding provided by:

ENRTF

The McKnight Foundation

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

 Resources provided by:

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:04

Crookston

Climate Minnesota:  Local Stories, Community Solutions

Crookston

APRIL 15, 2015
5:00 PM RESOURCE FAIR
5:30 - 8:00 PM CONVENING
Crookston Campus
Bede Ballroom
2900 University Ave
225 Sargeant Student Center
Crookston, MN 56716

 

With special guests:
Mark Seeley, Climatologist
Mayor Gary Willhite

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 .

RSVP Here


View Agenda

(Keep Checking Back as the Agenda Develops!)


Download Flyer

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


 

 

 

Convened by:

U of MN Extension 

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Funding provided by:

ENRTF

The McKnight Foundation

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

 

 Resources provided by:

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Sunday, 28 December 2014 23:34

Climate Storytelling Collection

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.

Example Podcasts:

Sunday, 28 December 2014 23:28

Climate Minnesota Convenings

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.

 

Bemidji
Crookston
Burnsville
Duluth
Owatonna
North Mankato
Virginia
Rochester
Detroit Lakes
Brainerd
Minnetonka
Marshall

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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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