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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.

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Upcoming Events

The (Energy efficient, Electric) Heat is On:  Air Source Heat Pumps

Thursday, February 8, 2023   6:30pm - 7:30pm     

Our regular CHAPTER Zoom meeting

Featuring: Alexis Troschinetz, Behavioral Science and Evaluation Manager

CERTs - University of MN Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension

Interested in learning more about air source heat pumps? Join this session for an introduction about how air source heat pumps work in Minnesota's cold climate for heating and how they are a great option when adding or replacing air conditioning.

About the Speaker: Alexis Troschinetz has served statewide as the Behavioral Science and Evaluation Manager with CERTs at the University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension for 10 years.

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Thu Feb 9

6:30-7:30pm

Speaker: Alexis Troschinetz

Topic: Air Source Heat Pumps

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Wed Mar 1

6:30pm-7:30pm

Leadership Zoom Meeting

Thu Mar 9

6:30pm-7:30pm

Speaker: Jim Doten, City of Mpls

Topic: Biochar

Wed Apr 5

6:30pm-7:30pm

Leadership Zoom Meeting

Recent Events

Clothing and Climate Change

Jan 12 2023

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Maddy Bartsch of Three Rivers Fibershed will walk us through how the textiles we wear (yes, even your socks) intersect with a number of issues that contribute to climate change. Grab your favorite pair of socks and learn about how your socks can be a part of one solution to climate change. 

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Forest Management

Nov 10 2022

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Lee E. Frelich discusses the forest management and tree planting practices that have the potential to draw down atmospheric CO2, as well as their limitations.

Lee E. Frelich is Director of the University of MN Center for Forest Ecology

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Climate Poverty Connections

Oct 13 2022

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Carissa shares concrete evidence of how climate solutions can also contribute to meeting human well-being needs and alleviating poverty in rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and how policymakers and decisionmakers can take action.

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Beyond Recycling and Composting

Sept 15 2022

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Kellie Kish provided an overview of the City of Minneapolis residential collection programs and shared why recycling and composting aren’t enough to meet city, county and state waste diversion goals.

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Members

Climate Image Archive

Sept 17 2022

We've been working on a new Climate Image Archive to use in presentations and other materials, and the archive is now live! The images are free to use and distribute with any climate presentation.

We have created two separate collections of high quality climate photos at Unsplash and Pixabay.

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Solutions

Solutions that are scalable, reliable and proven are the key to fighting climate change - we need both policy and ingenuity to solve the issues of a warming world. The proposed solutions below lead us in the right direction, and provide hope that we can win the fight against global warming.

Clothing and Climate Change

 

Tree Planting for Climate Change Mitigation

 

Climate Poverty Connections

 

Community Solar

Decarbonizing Aviation - Synthetic Fuels

Revisiting Nuclear Power

The Future of Nuclear Power in an Evolving Energy World

Solutionary Rail

Sustainable Design

There are concrete steps that we can take to both prepare for a warming world and fight against the sources of that increasing warmth. Check out these presentations from chapter members that highlight the specific ways you can make a difference.

Home Heating Analysis

with Bill Middlecamp

 

Home Natural Gas Reduction

with Mary Britton

 

Sustainable Fashion

with Wendi Russo

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

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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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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.com

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.

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