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SAINT PAUL, MN – As much of the western United States struggles to cope with widespread forest fires, and southern coastal states are battered by the busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record, Minnesota’s state leaders are reminded once again of the urgent need to address our changing climate.
“Minnesotans expect fresh air and clean water as well as a better climate,” said MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop. “We need to do everything possible to tackle and respond to climate change, so Minnesota’s families have a safe future and our communities are able to thrive.”
Governor Tim Walz has issued a proclamation declaring September 21-27, 2020, as Climate Week in Minnesota. Today, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) launched two digital initiatives to draw attention to climate issues: Our Minnesota Climate, a new interagency website about the state’s integrated climate initiatives (mn.gov/climate), as well as a social media campaign about the effects of climate change happening across Minnesota here and now.
Every day, Minnesotans are experiencing the adverse effects of climate change. Our farmers face unpredictable growing seasons and new heat extremes. Our lakes and streams are getting warmer, reducing fish habitat and allowing harmful algae to bloom. Our towns brace for extreme weather events that put new stress on infrastructure and put personal property at risk.
Our Minnesota Climate shares some of the key ways that state agencies are working to combat climate change and increase community resiliency. The site also amplifies positive changes made by businesses, communities, tribes, and non-profits and promotes opportunities for Minnesotans to get involved with the Climate Change Subcabinet’s work. Currently, Minnesotans can take a brief online survey about how they’d like to engage with state leaders on climate issues at mn.gov/climate/get-involved.
Commissioner Bishop will participate in a number of events during Climate Week, including:
- Delivering keynote remarks at the MPCA’s Air Permitting Engagement Workshop, a public workshop on building collaborative partnerships between the agency and communities – Monday, Sept. 21
- Serving as emcee for the inaugural Recharge Minnesota recognition ceremony, spotlighting leaders in electric vehicle adoption in the public, private, and non-profit sectors – Tuesday, Sept. 22
- Visiting the Olmsted Soil Health Farm in Rochester with Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen and Environmental Quality Board Executive Director Katie Pratt to publicly release two new reports that address climate change’s effects on our water resources and how farmers play a pivotal role in implementing solutions – Wednesday, Sept. 23
- As Chair, leading the Climate Change Subcabinet’s joint meeting—with leaders and representatives from each of Minnesota’s 11 tribal nations, Governor Walz, and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan—to build relationships and discuss how to collaborate to identify and advance innovative climate solutions – Friday, Sept. 25 (closed to the public)