A new year with new legislators in the Minnesota State Capitol means many new opportunities for youth voices to be heard on the crucial environmental issues we face today. Will Steger Foundation’s Youth Environmental Activists Minnesota program (YEA! MN), along with Minnesota Youth Environmental Network (MNYEN), MN350, and the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) have planned a pair of events coming up this February for youth to learn about and advocate for sustainability on a local level.
Next Generation Environmental Congress – Sunday, February 24th, 12-6 PM: Join Minnesota high school and college-age youth from across the state at the University of Minnesota – St. Paul Campus Student Center for the Next Generation Environmental Congress, a youth-oriented conference in anticipation of the greater Minnesota Environmental Congress being held March 15 in Bloomington, MN. From 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM we will hear speakers and participate in workshops facilitated by our partner organizations centered around actions that students can take to make their schools and communities more sustainable. Part of this day will also be devoted to developing a plan for a youth presence at the greater Congress and preparing for the Youth Lobby Day. A tentative agenda can be found on the registration form.
Youth Lobby Day for Clean Energy Policies – Monday, February 25th, 8 AM-4 PM: We encourage youth across the state (middle school through college-age) to participate in the fourth annual Youth Lobby Day at the Minnesota State Capitol in support of a 10% statewide solar energy standard by 2030 and other clean energy policies. This will be an all-day event from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, divided into two parts: lobby training and issue education in the morning followed by pre-arranged meetings with your state legislators in the afternoon. Feel free to bring a group from school if possible – the more youth present, the more of an impact we have. This event will be complimented by a creative direct action inside the capitol to send our politicians a message about protecting our future.
REGISTER HERE BY FEBRUARY 15 IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING ONE OR BOTH OF THESE EVENTS. There is no cost associated with attendance and food will be provided both days. Some teachers may be willing to award extra credit for high school student participation.