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.


Decarbonization of the Natural Gas Sector: Updates

J. works at the core of Fresh Energy's commitment to keeping Minnesota on the path to a clean energy future and helping the state meet its climate goals. 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. We have filed our Preferred Plan that replaces the new gas plant before 2030 with 600 megawatts of solar and 100 megawatts of wind, as well as battery storage...

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J. Drake Hamilton, Senior Director of Science Policy at Fresh Energy

Upcoming Events

Wed July 6


Leadership Zoom Meeting

Committee Breakouts

Thu July 14


Membership Zoom Meeting

Speaker: Kristel Porter

Topic: A Green New Deal for Minneapolis


Wed Aug 3


Leadership Zoom Meeting

Committee Breakouts

Thu Aug 11


Membership Zoom Meeting

Speaker: TBD

Recent Events

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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Sustainabilty isn't hard...

Mar 10 2022


... 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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Solutionary Rail

Feb 10 2022


Bill Moyer presents Solutionary Rail as a "higher purpose for our nation’s railroad infrastructure, transforming the way we use trains and the corridors they travel through. It is a grand strategic project that leads with a positive vision for the future."

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Community Solar

Jan 13 2022


Timothy DenHerder-Thomas, co-founder of Cooperative Energy Futures, gives a high-level overview of the community solar project environment in Minnesota, including deployment volume, examples of solar projects in Minnesota, stakeholders and government processes that affect solar installations.

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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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"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."

"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"


Planetary Dashboard


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


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


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.


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.



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.



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.


Chapter Information

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