The Will Steger Foundation, a South Minneapolis-based organization, is collecting stories from Minnesotans about how climate change is impacting their lives as part of its Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions initiative — a two-year project funded by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.
The project kicked off a series of community conversations around the state April 14 in Bemidji with Mark Seeley, a University of Minnesota professor and expert on climate issues. The Will Steger Foundation is planning 12 convenings through January 2016. The next event will be in Burnsville on May 12 with University of St. Thomas professor John Abraham.
“We know that Minnesotans are seeing the impacts of climate change now in their own backyards and have personal stories to tell,” said Jothsna Harris, the foundation’s education coordinator.
The goal is to help communities identify solutions to adapt to a changing climate.
The foundation is collecting Minnesotans’ personal climate change stories in a blog or podcast format. For examples of recent stories and to submit your own, visit this site: http://willstegerfoundation.org/climateminnesota/minnesotastories
(Editor’s note: The Journals have launched “Confronting Climate Change,” a series of stories and commentary examining how local leaders, residents and businesses are addressing climate change.)