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.


Upcoming Events

Forest Management and Tree Planting for Climate Change Mitigation

Thursday Nov 10th 6:30-7:30pm - Zoom Meeting
Featured Speaker: Lee E. Frelich
Director of the University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology

Forests store large amounts of carbon, and optimal management of forests and expansion of forest cover could help mitigate future climate change by sequestering carbon. We examined the forest management and tree planting practices that have the potential to draw down atmospheric CO2, as well as their limitations. GreenAgain Madagascara tropical rainforest restoration project associated with the University of Minnesota, will be highlighted as an example of expanding forest cover in a deforested area.  

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Wed Dec 7


Leadership Zoom Meeting

No Membership meeting planned

Enjoy the holidays, and prepare your

ideas for next year!

New leaders needed for next year's leadership team - join us!

Wed Jan 4


Leadership Zoom Meeting

Thu Jan12


Membership Zoom Meeting

Recent Events

Climate Poverty Connections

Oct 13 2022


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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Chapter Elections

Nov 10 2022

Nominate yourself for the 2023 CMC Leadership Election! Self-nomination form can be found by clicking below. Forms must be submitted by: 11:59pm on Tuesday, Jan 3, 2023.


Beyond Recycling and Composting

Sept 15 2022


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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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.


What's Happening with the Climate?

Aug 11 2022

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Dr. John Abraham, a climate researcher from the University of St. Thomas provided an update on what is happening to our climate, how fast it is changing and what can be done about it.

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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."

A Green New Deal for Minneapolis

Jul 14 2022


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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"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.


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