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  • 1. Youth Environmental Youth environmental Activists Minnesota Activists! Minnesota
  • 2. “YEA! Minnesota connects, engages, and empowers youth to create, just, and sustainable communities”
  • 3. What is YEA! MN? We are a Minnesota student lead organization working for environmental sustainability in our high schools. We collaborate across schools and communities throughout the state engage youth in the climate movement and create a cleaner and more sustainable future.
  • 4. Our Issues • Environmental Sustainability: We need to live on the planet in a sustainable way that does not depend on non-renewable resources • Climate Change: We need to address the reality of climate change and engage in solutions.
  • 5. We are also concerned about • Water pollution • Air pollution • Public health concerns • Deforestation • Loss of bio-diversity
  • 6. Past Events ~First meeting, October 2007, 70 students from 13 high schools attended ~Youth Forum with Governor Pawlenty and Will Steger ~Lobby Day at the Capitol (2008) ~300 students at Central Senior High, Will Steger spoke ~ MN Powershift at Washburn High School in Minneapolis ~3 large meetings this school year engaging over 18 different high schools in the Metro area ~Eco Prom last week!
  • 7. YEA! MN provides a fun environment for high school students to meet to new people who share similar interests: SAVEING THE PLANET! It provides an educational and experiential base in climate activism.
  • 8. • YEA! MN meets every other month with all participating schools to collaborate on solutions and make a difference • Specific committees meet more regularly to address and act on more specific issues ````````
  • 9. Clean Communities Campaign • Is a network of highschool students working together in their schools and their homes to reduce energy consumption by following the guidelines of the MN Energy Challenge. • Working with State Legislators to improve energy usage through policy, letter writing and lobbying. • To sign on to the MN Energy Challenge email maddie.hansen44@gmail.com
  • 10. Committees • Communications and outreach: contacts existing, recruit new members members, publicize YEA! and events, and manage website and social networking • Walk the Talk: helps us get off our butts and act! • Policy: provides training and opportunities to deal directly with law makers and affect policy change • Education: provides information on YEA! MN, education on climate and solutions, resources for teachers and students, and organize educational speakers for YEA! meetings
  • 11. YEA! will be sending 15 students to National Powershift in Washington DC in the end of February
  • 12. You can be part of the solution! Either way you make an impact. Make it positive!
  • 13. Take Action! JOIN YEA! Minnesota!
  • 14. Contact info www.yeamn.org Annie Bigalke, Chair abigalke09@moundsparkacademy.org Maddy Hansen, Secretary mrhansen@visi.com Starr Brainard, Education Committee starr44@comcast.net Abby Fenton, Will Steger Foundation abby@willstegerfoundation.org Sean Gosiewski, Alliance for Sustainability sean@afors.org
  • 15. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead