Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan and MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop congratulated ten-year-old Numa Zahra for her climate activism in an event today at the MPCA offices in St. Paul. “A new generation of activists is standing up to tell us, the leaders, the government, do something about climate change. We need to listen,” said Commissioner Bishop. “They are scared. They see climate change as a profound injustice and a threat to their generation.”
Earlier this summer, Zahra sent a letter to her local city council urging them to act on climate change. This letter solidified Circle Pines City Council’s plan to join the MPCA’s GreenStep Cities program, and the resolution to join was unanimously passed by the council in July.
“Young people aren’t just involved in the conversation about our future – they’re leading the way,” Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan said. “I am excited to see young leaders, like Numa Zahra, reaching out to elected officials about taking action to combat climate change. Youth voices like hers are powerful and remind us that we can all make a difference in protecting the future of our planet.”
Through the GreenStep Cities program, MPCA partners with local communities to “go green” and achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals. GreenStep Cities across Minnesota are taking action to increase community resilience to climate change, including planting more trees, upgrading infrastructure to withstand severe weather events, and installing renewable energy. To date, 129 communities have joined.
Visit the GreenStep Cities web pages for more information.