Sunday, June 9 Our Shared Table workshop 3-6pm at St. Francis Cabrini Church. Register with email@example.com.
June 29 – 30 Cool Planet’s Edina Family Frisbee Festival and Minnesota Overall Flying Disc Championships. Half Page handout. Flyer. A celebration of flying disc play for all ages and abilities. Join us for a weekend full of friendly competition, fresh air and FUN!
Saturday, July 13 noon-2pm Citizens Climate Lobby monthly call and meeting in 7 Twin City locations
Cool Planet wishes to thank Bill McKibben for spending 5 marvelous winter days with us. Bill presented to over 1300 people in St. Paul, MN and Hayward, WI in the time he was with us as well as skiing in the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race.
Thank you to all who participated in the many different events!
Bill’s talk and J. Drake Hamilton’s comments were broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio on February 27. Click here to listen.
The presentation in Hayward, WI was broadcast on Indian Country Television and can be viewed here.
Join us for the next SPEAK UP!! training.
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SPEAK UP!! 101 - for all
Sunday May 5th 2-5 pm (Edina location to be determined)
Invite your friends and family members to come!
Learn about the science of climate change from Dr. John Abraham from the University of St. Thomas. Understand the psychology and challenges of communicating difficult information like this from Dr. Christie Manning (The Psychology of Sustainable Behavior). Then using the Art of Convening (by Heartland Inc.’s Craig and Patricia Neal), learn to create authentic engagement in meetings, gatherings and conversations about climate change.
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Celebrated author and founder of 350.org Bill McKibben will be joining the Cool Planet Skiers Feb 20-24 for 3 presentations and to ski in his 2nd American Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Marathon from Cable to Hayward, WI.
McKibben recently completed his “Do the Math” tour to sold out audiences in 21 cities including Madison, WI and Mpls MN. The focus of the post election road trip was to educate and inspire college campuses and communities to begin the process of moving investments and endowment funds away from the fossil fuel industry and towards clean renewable energy sources.
McKibben, a long time cross country skier, will be joining Paul Thompson, co-founder of Cool Planet and 32 time finisher in the “Birkie” and over 30 other Cool Planet Skiers and supporters to bring the 350 message to the largest ski event in North America.
The American Birkebeiner is in it’s 40th year of existence and already has closed registration at 10,000 skiers doing either the 50 or 54 km Birke or the shorter Korteloppet at 25 km.
Cool Planet and SPEAK UP!! organizer Paul Thompson recently said:
“Winters are getting warming and more snow free in recent years and cross country skiers will be among the first to experience the loss of the sport they love if business as usual continues. Science tells us that 350 ppm of CO2 in our atmosphere is the redline for stability. We are approaching 400 ppm with few signs of slowing our dependence on the burning of fossil fuels. As athletes and citizens we need to come together to call a halt to our current way of using and producing energy.
At the same time we need to point the way towards a sustainable, healthy way of living which cross country skiers exemplify with their focus on training, nutrition and doing what they love.”
In addition to McKibben’s skiing he will be presenting “Celebrating and Preserving Winter” 3 times while in MN and WI. Feb 20 at the University of St. Thomas, Feb 21 at Macalester College and at 7:30 pm on 2/21 at the Park Theater in Hayward WI
Visitors to our web site can participate in many ways:
1. Contribute to Cool Planet and other organizations working to slow climate change here. (use the donate button on our homepage)
2. Join the Cool Planet Skiers team and ski, skate, snowshoe or hike in your own favortite event or on your own and help to fund our work. Contact Paul at 952-920-1547 or firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Take the next SPEAK UP!! training March 10 and get educated about the urgency of our changing climate and the possibility of creating climate solutions ion your neighborhood. Register on our web site.
THANKS FOR VISITING AND TAKING ACTION!!
YOU ARE THE KEY TO A HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE AND OPEN HEARTED FUTURE
Come help us clean out the buckthorn at Edina’s Wooddale Park. We’ll have some weed wrenches to help with the pulling, so just bring yourself and a pair of work gloves (and eye protection if you’d like).
Buckthorn is a highly invasive species that crowds out native habitat, and is sadly taking over many of our public lands.
We’ll hopefully have more buckthorn pulls in the coming weeks. For additional details and to RSVP, please contact email@example.com
Driving across a good portion of the country for the first time was impressive. Though I have always been taught that the back roads are better than the freeway, my experience has shown that as land changes from flat prairie to forested mountains, the freeway can be equally beautiful. At one point, we turned a corner where the road to the left was dropping down a hill, hidden by trees. The trees broke and across a wide valley the hint of another mountain, a blue haze in the background, peaked into view.
I want to encourage every Skyrim player that has loved the beautiful C. G. graphics to come out to the Appalachian Mountains and see the view for themselves. While you may not get to fight dragons, shoot bows and arrows, or become thane in every kingdom, the view is all the more breathtaking for having happened in real life.
Tomorrow will bring the start of our climate conference, where we will bring the experience of our journey with us as we talk to our Senators and Representatives and listen to sustainability experts speak. While I doubt they have the time to spend playing Playstation, I think the lesson of slowing down to look at the actual world around us may continue to be important for all of us.
More thoughts and notes to come.