Over 200 Minnesotans attended the Minnesota Environmental Congress on March 15th in Bloomington, MN, including high school and college youth from across the state. The one day conference provided an opportunity for representatives from environmental organizations, chambers of commerce, scientists, representatives from all levels of government, tribal leaders, as well as leaders from the business, student, and faith communities to create recommendations for the MN Environmental Quality Board (EQB) related to air, water, climate, energy, and land – and to shape a vision for the future that addresses Minnesota’s environment and energy challenges and opportunities.
The Will Steger foundation was proud to partner with the Minnesota Youth Environmental Network, and our Youth Environmental Activists (YEA! MN) program for the Next Generation Environmental Congress event held at the University of Minnesota on February 24th. The event showcased the vibrant statewide network of Minnesota youth climate leaders rising to address the most pressing issue of our time and underscores our commitment to youth leadership. The Will Steger Foundation's Emerging Leaders Program is aimed at growing a powerful and effective national climate movement by educating, empowering, and engaging a new generation of climate leadership in our home state of Minnesota and across the Midwest.
The Will Steger Foundation was a proud partner in the Forward on Climate rally held in Washington DC on Feb 2013. We sent four delegates from our YEA! MN high school program, including this blog’s author, with the unwavering belief that even youth too young to vote have a powerful role to play in the climate movement.
These words ring loud and clear for our youth. They distill within their hearts the prospect of real motion, of true change. They’re reminiscent of stories many of us have only heard in history books. Stories where ordinary people form a massive, unified voice, impossible to ignore.
From crippling drought to Hurricane Sandy, and overall record-breaking temperatures extremes across the country, it’s hard to ignore the effects of climate change. The American people recognize that the climate is changing.
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