By Mike Moen February 22, 2021 ST. PAUL, Minn. — Young climate advocates are trying to get Minnesota lawmakers to pay closer attention to their concerns about the environment, and they’re played a role in drafting a bill requiring climate justice to be taught in the classroom. The legislation has input from the Youth Environmental […]
When it comes to taking action to personally impact the potential impacts of climate change, one of the most irreplaceable places to start is through education and advocacy. This category may be a bit more nebulous because reading up on the issue or voting for a particular candidate won’t immediately create a reduction in your […]
By Paul Huttner and Megan Burks February 28, 2020 Climate change experts tell us that, while changing your personal behavior will help, it’s going to take major policy change to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. So, what can you do to help shift policy? Dozens of Minnesota teens found out at the Youth Climate […]
By Leah Ward February 22, 2020 WORTHINGTON — Worthington High School senior Mekdelawit “Mickey” Tilahun will lead a group of her peers headed next week for the Youth Climate Justice Summit 2020 in St. Paul. “I’ve always been interested in the environment, ever since I was young,” Tilahun said. She started becoming politically active following […]
By Chrysa February 20, 2020 Most people have heard of Greta Thunberg, but what a lot of people don’t know is that there are hundreds of Minnesota young people across the state of Minnesota working just as hard to raise awareness about climate change. YEA!MN is a team of mainly high school students who work with […]
By Laura Billings Coleman January 21, 2020 During finals week last December, Helen Meigs ’21 decided to ditch her schoolwork and travel to Washington, D.C. A new Democratic majority had been elected to the House of Representatives, and Meigs wanted the chance to witness history as a diverse crop of freshman lawmakers like Ilhan Omar […]
By Erin Hinrichs January 24, 2020 Students at Stillwater Area High School began adjusting to a small — yet significant — change at the start of the new year: no more plastic forks and spoons. Single-use plastic utensils have been replaced with metal flatware in the school lunchroom. Julia Bennett, 17, and Isabella Schaak, 18, […]
By Mindy Keskinen December 26, 2019 Some Como Park Senior High students were among about 400 young Minnesotans who swarmed the State Capitol on Dec. 6 for the Youth Climate Strike. Two seniors, Morgan Nichols, of St. Anthony Park, and Emma Wolters, of St. Paul’s Eastside, heard about the strike through the school’s environmental club […]
Who knew musicians had “climate stories”? For that matter, who knew any of us did? Green Visions producer Adam Reinhardt knew, and today, he talks with Jeremy Messersmith about his.
In part two of a special multi-part series featuring artists exploring their role in the climate conversation, KUMD speaks with poet and musician Ben Weaver about how small gatherings of music and poetry have become an outlet for working through climate grief.