The Central Minnesota Chapter of The Climate Reality Project

Representing Minnesota and surrounding areas

A diverse group of passionate individuals who’ve come together to solve the greatest challenge of our time - Climate Change.

We are Minnesota activists, cultural leaders, organizers, scientists and storytellers committed to building a sustainable future together.

Featured

"What is Happening with the Climate?"

Our featured speaker, Dr. John Abraham, will provide an update on what is happening to our climate, how fast it is changing, and what can be done about it.

Dr. Abraham is a climate researcher at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Much of his research focuses on the world’s oceans. His research team has measured how fast the oceans are warming and what the consequences will be in the future.

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Thursday Aug 11th 6:30-7:30pm - Zoom Meeting
Featured Speaker: Dr. John Abraham
Climate Researcher from the 
University of St Thomas

Upcoming Events

Wed Aug 3

6:30pm-7:30pm

Leadership Zoom Meeting

Committee Breakouts

Thu Aug 11

6:30pm-7:30pm

Membership Zoom Meeting

Speaker: Dr John Abraham

Climate Researcher

University of St Thomas

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Wed Sep 7

6:30pm-7:30pm

Leadership Zoom Meeting

Committee Breakouts

Thu Sep 15

6:30pm-7:30pm

Membership Zoom Meeting

Speaker: Kellie Kish

Topic: Recycling in Mpls

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Action Alert: Call Congress Today to Support the Inflation Reduction Act!

From the Aug 5th CMC Chapter Update: By now, we've all read and heard a lot about the agreement that the Majority Leader Schumer reached with WV Senator Joe Manchin on a budget reconciliation package known as the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Critically, the bill includes more than $360 billion in climate and environmental justice investments.

While hurdles remain, if passed, this historic measure would be the nation's single largest investment in climate action ever. It could also cut US emissions 40% by 2030, and, with further state, local and regulatory action, set us on a path to meet President Biden’s goal of cutting emissions by more than 50% from 2005 levels by 2030.

 

The IRA must pass. As the impacts of warming become ever more catastrophic, this is a critical step that will transform the electricity, transportation, housing, industrial, agricultural, and financial sectors. Just as important, it will make life better for millions across the country, not only fighting global warming, but also cutting energy bills, cleaning up our air and communities, and creating jobs from coast to coast.

Take action today and tell Congress: Pass the Inflation Reduction Act. Ask your friends, your family members and neighbors to do the same. 

Recent Events

A Green New Deal for Minneapolis

Jul 14 2022

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Kristel Porter discussed building a grassroots campaign focusing on Climate Change and using it to influence policymakers across the entire city, to move local environmental policy - fast!

Kristel Porter is the Executive Director of MN Renewable Now

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Decarbonization Updates

Jun 9 2022

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In early 2022, Minnesota Power proposed a 15-year plan that includes building a new fossil gas plant by 2027. Fresh Energy and our partners in the Clean Energy Organizations have filed evidence that a new gas plant is unnecessary for reliability and increases climate and financial risk.

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Members

Reality Hub Updates

May 24 2022

The Climate Reality Project has updated the Reality Hub!

 

The changes incorporate a user interface that prioritizes sharing, messaging and cross-region sharing.

These changes make it easier to plan events and communicate with membership at large, but as with anything new there is a learning curve to this new capability.

Make sure you log into the Reality Hub and upload your profile image, so we know that you have checked in!

 

 

Click below to learn more about the changes and read a short intro to navigating the new Reality Hub and the most frequently asked questions.

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City Climate Action Plan

May 12 2022

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The 100% Campaign has released a report reviewing city climate action plans in Minnesota. This report compares the planning work of 13 cities and one county that have created Climate Action Plans in Minnesota.

Presented by Dr. Kate Knuth of Democracy and Climate LLC

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"Your best and wisest refuge from all troubles is in your science."

"Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."

Sustainabilty isn't hard...

Mar 10 2022

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... it's just not simple.​ Wendy Jedlička, industry packaging expert stimulates the discussion into the sustainability practices and business considerations for the consumer packaging that surrounds us, and how systems thinking provides a better context for understanding sustainable package design.

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"Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing"

"The scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity and a desire for truth"

Science

Planetary Dashboard

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Global Temps

This number is the increase over 1900-2000 average surface temperatures.

As more of the infrared radiation (heat) is trapped by the atmosphere, surface temperatures have also increased.

+.98° C

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Arctic Sea Ice

This value represents the total ice coverage minimum during the summer in the arctic. As the atmosphere warms, ice melts faster in the summer. Additionally, less ice coverage increases the dark areas of the arctic, which further increased the absorption of sunlight and leads to further warming of the arctic waters.

4.72 million sq km

 

2021 summer minimum sea ice levels

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Mountain Glaciers

This graph charts the decline of mountain glacier mass over the past 30 years. Melting glaciers are the primary driver of sea rise, along with the expansion of warming ocean water.

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Ocean Heat

Warming waters cause sea level rise, glacial melt and coral bleaching. Much of the heat trapped since the beginning of the industrial revolution has gone into the ocean.

 

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Sea Level

This chart shows the steady increase of sea level since the 1800's. Driven by melting glaciers and the expansion of warmer water, this rise leads to coastal flooding and saltwater intrusion, which damages homes and crops, and threatens hundreds of millions around the world who live in these threatened coastal areas.

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CO2

418 PPM

This is the current concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A principal cause of global warming since the beginning of the industrial revolution, this reduces the ability of the Earth to radiate generated heat into space, trapping more of the heat and leading to increased surface and ocean temperatures.

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Chapter Information

We Need You!

We need your help to provide content and fight climate change! Submit your ideas for presentations, news, information or other relevant topics to info@climaterealitymsp.org

We also need your assistance in presenting topics to the chapter. Signup for a short talk and demonstrate your passion in fighting for the future of the planet.