“The largest climate rally in U.S. history.”
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. The excitement and buzz surrounding the Forward on Climate Rally to be held on Feb 17th in Washington D.C., is absolutely contagious. And Youth Environmental Activists Minnesota (YEA! MN) has caught the bug. As soon as we heard the call for young people to show up in D.C., to encourage our president and government to take a meaningful stand against climate change and the Keystone XL Pipeline, we answered.
This coming Saturday, Feb 16th, myself and three high school students and members of the YEA! MN Steering Committee, will board a bus in Minneapolis headed to D.C. for the rally on Sunday. The bus trip was graciously organized by our friends at MN350 and offered our youth convenient access to what could be one of the most important climate activism events of their generation. We will be capturing our trip on video and will also write a blog about our experience. Please look for these things on the Will Steger Foundation homepage when we return on Monday.
In addition to the Rally, YEA! MN is working joyfully and tirelessly on some fantastic organizing projects in the month of February. We are partnering with our friends at the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) and Minnesota Youth Environmental Network to plan the Next Generation Environmental Congress and Next Generation Lobby Day on February 24th and 25th. Both events focus on unifying and using the youth voice within the climate movement of Minnesota to push for legislation that supports clean energy in our state. More information can be found at the online registration page.
We are excited to be a part of this monumental work in Minnesota and to be included in multitudes attending this historical rally. We push forward knowing we are currently in the process of shaping a better world.
YEA! MN Program Coordinator, Will Steger Foundation
A core program of the Will Steger Foundation, YEA! MN supports a broad network of high school environmental clubs working together across the Twin Cities Metro Area to empower student leadership on climate change solutions at home, at school, and in the wider community. The YEA! MN network includes 25+ public, private and charter high schools from a cross-section of urban and suburban districts.