Many crucial decisions on PolyMet’s mining proposal will be coming out of the courts throughout January 2020. JT Haines, from The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA), bring us up to speed on the decisions and what they could mean.
For decades, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent to educate us about the three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle.
And yet, in spite of it all, what does it take to change our behaviour.
"What researchers found when they examined the data was that consumers are less motivated by emotional appeals to save the environment and more by the impact on their pocketbook—even when it’s just a few cents."
In part two of a special multi-part series featuring artists exploring their role in the climate conversation, KUMD speaks with poet and musician Ben Weaver about how small gatherings of music and poetry have become an outlet for working through climate grief.
Here, up north, we figure we're in pretty good shape.
We take a lot of pride in our clean air and water and spend a lot of time looking out for them.
So it was a shock to hear that two- to four-thousand people in Minnesota die early every year from causes linked to air pollution - and most of those are in rural areas, particularly around Aitkin and McGregor.