Conversations for Climate Action at the Birkie


Poster ImageJoin us for an evening of fun and conversation with local music and poetry and keynote speaker Jonathan Patz.  Learn about the impacts climate change has on global health and what you can do to be part of the solution!

When: 7pm Thursday, February 20, 2014

Where: Park Theater, Hayward, WI

Jon PatzDr. Patz is a wave 2 Birkie Skier, IPCC Scientist and Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  He is a lead author of several United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports and was part of the team that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

The winter of 2014 has dished out wild weather extremes across the globe.   While the Midwest has had frigid temperatures linked to disruption of the Polar Vortex, the rest of the Northern Hemisphere has been unseasonably warm.  And while California suffered one of the worst droughts in centuries, England experienced its worst flooding in 250 years.  And of course we’ve all seen images of the Sochi Winter Olympics melting away with temperatures in the 50s and 60s.  One estimate is that of the 19 cities that have hosted the Winter Games over the past century, only 6 would be cold enough today to host another Olympic venue.   The wild weather we are seeing is not a surprise, however, and such climatic extremes are consistent with climate change projections; even this year’s behavior of the Polar Vortex was hypothesized and published by UW-Madison scientists years ago.  According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, climatologists are now 95% certain that, not only is climate change happening, but that it is cause by human activity –primarily from burning fossil fuels.  There are many risks from extreme weather due to climate change, but there are also enormous public health and societal benefits that will occur if we can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels for our energy.  Join us to hear Dr. Jonathon Patz expand on the challenges we face and what difference we can make by taking action together.

Reception to follow at the Park Theater.

Suggested donation $10 – $25 payable at the door.  Your generous donation supports the work of Cool Planet and a local project.

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Learn more about our Cool Planet Skiers and where to find us at the Birkie here.

Weird Weather: Minnesota’s New Normal?

Paul Douglas Poster

Our Changing Climate and What We Can Do About It

Paul DouglasFeaturing nationally recognized meteorologist and entrepreneur Paul Douglas

When: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with informational exhibits from local organizations

Where: Eden Prairie High School
Park in Student Parking Lot A. Enter through Door #1
17185 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55346

Join us for an evening conversation on what is happening in Minnesota due to climate change and what actions can make a difference in reducing our carbon emissions.
Cool Planet is delighted to partner with Environment Minnesota and Citizens Climate Lobby to bring you this special evening presentation.
Register here for the event on the Environment Minnesota website.

CCL Regional Conference!

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Our Citizens Climate Lobby Regional (MN, ND, SD) Conference was held Friday, January 24 through Sunday, January 26th at Macalester College in St. Paul with the theme Local Impacts, National Action.

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Paul Douglas presenting in the chapel on Friday night

Friday, January 24th featured keynote speakers Paul Douglas, Meteorologist, Entrepreneur and Author, and Mark Reynolds, Executive Director of Citizens Climate Lobby with a special performance by hip hop artist Forefeather and an opening by David .  Over 150 people were in attendance despite the snow showers.  See Paul Douglas’ article “A Message from a Republican Meteorologist on Climate Change” here.

Saturday, January 25th we started off with

Small Group

Workgroup in morning breakout session

Saturday morning featured sessions on Minnesota climate impacts, followed by a networking lunch and an afternoon of citizen lobby training and strategy sessions on passing legislation to put a price on carbon pollution while returning the collected fees to American households.

Saturday morning breakout sessions featured these speakers:

  • Prof. Lee Frelich on Impacts on Minnesota Flora & Fauna
  • Tara Ritter of Inst. on Agriculture & Trade Policy on Impacts on Agriculture
  • Kristin Raab of MN Dept of Health on Impacts on Health & Urban Life

    Large Group Session

    95 participants on Saturday and Sunday

Sunday we continued the deep lobby training and commitment to action.

A special thank you to Macalester College for sponsoring our conference!

Stay tuned for video highlights from the conference as they become available.

Mark and Madeline present to the large group

Mark and Madeline present to the large group

Saturday networking lunch

Group photo!

Group photo!

Community Solar Garden Info Sessions


Join us Friday, November 15 6:30 pm for our next information session!

Learn more about Community Solar Gardens and how you can participate. New legislation in Minnesota has created an opportunity that allows individuals and households to “subscribe” to energy from a solar installation located on a large roof in the community. This gives new options for community members to participate without the need to have a solar installation on their home.

A representative from Minnesota Community Solar, will deliver a short presentation and convene a dialogue on the program. Discover how you can partner with Cool Planet to grow this idea!

RSVP 952-920-1547 or

When: Fridays, September 13th, October 11th and November 15th, 2013
6:30 – 8pm Followed by inspiring films, food and conversation

We will provide a simple local organic main dish. Bring something to share if you wish and join the fun. ☺

Full information on the flyer!

Sam Daley-Harris Visits Minnesota Virtually

Book Release and Fundraiser for Citizens Climate Lobby – Sunday, September 29

book photoJoin us for an evening of community, conversation, food and networking as we celebrate the release of Sam Daley-Harris book Reclaiming Our Democracy – Healing the break between people and government. Sam will join the conversation via conference call.

Sunday, September 29, 2013
Gather 5:00 – 5:45pm
Call with Author 6:00 pm
Followed by food, networking, community and conversation (slide show and/or movie are optional).
Bring food to share if you wish. 
Books available for purchase.
Home of
Paul Thompson & Mindy Ahler
4244 Crocker Ave
Edina, MN 55416
952-920-1547 RSVP please

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Sam Daley-Harris Visits Minnesota in Person

SamReclaiming Our Democracy, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs – Wednesday, October 9, 5:30 – 7pm

Sam Daley-Harris—author, activist, and social entrepreneur—shares the 20th anniversary edition of his book Reclaiming Our Democracy and how the organizations he has founded (RESULTS and the Microcredit Summit Campaign) or coached (Citizens Climate Lobby) have been leading change-makers in three global movements: 1) microfinance, 2) child survival, and 3) climate change. Daley-Harris will discuss how he has helped thousands of ordinary citizens transform hopelessness into extraordinarily powerful advocacy. Humphrey School Senior Fellow and resident grassroots democracy philosopher Dr. Harry Boyte will offer comments.

Register for free tickets here.

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Reclaiming Our Democracy for the Common Global Good, St. John’s University, Collegeville – Thursday, October 10, 7:30pm

A pioneer and global leader in the field of microcredit, Daley-Harris has been a collaborator of Nobel Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus and has been called “one of the certified great social entrepreneurs of the last decades.” His work in poverty alleviation has helped over 100 million of the world’s poorest families. Other recent efforts includes the development of the influential Citizen’s Climate Lobby and the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation.

Click for information on a special pre-event book circle and social hour with Sam Daley-Harris to discuss his book, Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government.

More Info Here

Teachers, Students, Staff, Parents, Volunteers – Join the Eco Confab Aug 15!

Cool Planet kicked off our Beyond TOLBY program last fall in Edina Schools thanks to a grant from Hennepin County Green Partners!  Help us set the vision for Edina Schools for the coming school year in moving Beyond TOLBY.

Join us for the Cool Planet and Edina Schools Eco Confab on THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 10am – 2pm


This is a back to school gathering of teachers, staff, parents & students wanting to move Edina schools Beyond TOLBY (Turn Off Lights Behind You).

SOUTH VIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL – ROOM 312 (thanks to Steve Fresse)

Bring something yummy for a local food picnic lunch


  • Cool Planet’s Beyond TOLBY – What’s it all about?
  • Meet other district eco leaders
  • Share School projects and visions
  • How to involve parents and families
  • Making the link from fearful forecast to positive engagement

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