Monthly Archives: July 2017

Where do the Northwest Metro Suburbs stand on Paris Agreement?

President Trump has pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement. In the weeks following no evidence has surfaced to support the President’s claim that this will be good for the U.S. His greatest argument that it will bring back coal jobs is false. It is not the Paris Agreement or tighter restrictions and regulations that are effecting the coal industry, it is the dropping cost of renewable energy making it a cheaper, safer and cleaner alternative. This will continue to undercut coal and even oil no matter what Trump does as energy giants continue to recognize that renewable energy is the future and move their money in that direction.

What has come out in the weeks since the President’s Paris Agreement announcement is that our pull out will actually be very harmful to the United States. Corporate giants and economic and environmental experts alike are providing plenty of evidence to suggest this.

This negative impact on the economy and environment should be of great concern to the Northwest Suburbs. Residents here care greatly about economic growth and the United State’s standing in the worlds economy. We also have deep ties to our environment as many venture to the forests and lakes for our weekend and family vacation recreation. Clean water, clean air and protection of our natural resources so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the same natural luxuries we now enjoy one important to us.

Here in Minnesota Governor Dayton has come out in support of the Paris Agreement, followed by the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Eden Prairie. Many of the Northwest Suburbs largest employers such as Target, Best Buy, Cargill and 3M have joined other large employers as part of the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, working toward a respectable and attainable goal of procuring all their energy from emission-free sources.

Many Minnesota cities are choosing to be leaders in climate action and renewable energy as well. In conjunction with the University of Minnesota cities such as Duluth, Elk River, Morris and Rochester are participating in the Climate Smart Municipalities, new international ideas and technology exchange program.

So what about Plymouth, Maple Grove and surrounding suburban cities? Where do they stand on the Paris Agreement and keeping our suburbs, state and country at the forefront of economic, environmental and energy growth and leadership? Thus far, not a whole lot.

They need to hear from you! Call your local representatives today and ask them to join with other leading state’s, cities and companies in upholding the Paris Agreement and showing the world that we will step up and continue to be the leaders in economy and environment that we have always prided ourselves to be.

 

 

Climate Change, Birds and Commons Park

Birds are important to Minnesotans. They are part of our identity that we proudly carry with us.

Don’t believe me?

How about the Common Loon? We Minnesotans don’t need an interpreter to know It’s lonely call not only represents the sound of Minnesota lakes but actually translates to those exact words- at least we are fairly certain they do. And what of the Bald Eagle that sours proudly over our forests or the mallard duck, a favorite of Minnesota duck hunters?

Birds are so much a part of our state that two sculptures in their honor are now on display at Commons Park in downtown Minneapolis. The sculptures are an important, albeit beautiful reminder of how our most recognizable birds will soon be abandoning us for another state as our climate continues to warm and change our landscape, putting many of our beloved birds at risk.

The article featured in the Star Tribune “Art Installation near U.S. Bank Stadium tells the story of Minnesota’s birds and climate change” offers insight into the sculptures and how they predict when many of Minnesota birds will migrate for good out of state, and what out-of-state birds will be taking their place.

Interested in learning more about how Climate Change effects Minnesota birds? Come listen to Photographer and birder Monica Bryand as she shares photos and stories from the Audubon report “Birds and Climate Change” which reported “nearly half of the bird species in  the continental U.S. and Canada are seriously threatened by 2080, and without action, many are at risk of extinction”. She will also tell about her own project to study the situation of at risk bird species in Minnesota.

This event held on Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00pm at Maple Grove Library is free and open to the public.