Climate Change

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Randy Hanson may be one of the go-to guys when it comes to talking about agriculture these days, but the co-director of Lake Superior College's Eco-Entrepreneurship Program wants people to to know that, COVID-19 or no COVID-19, climate change is still a reality.

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If there's one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, it's that we really can change things dramatically and quickly.

And when "this" (whatever "this" is) is over, Grace Guenthner of MN350 says we will have a hard decision to make: return to "business as usual" or take advantage of an opportunity to rebuild for resiliency and justice.

And here is a list of just some of the actions MN350 says you can take:

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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. 

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Who knew musicians had "climate stories"?

For that matter, who knew any of us did?

Green Visions producer Adam Reinhardt knew, and today, he talks with Jeremy Messersmith about his.

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Explorer Will Steger didn't capture the world's imagination through a recitation of dry facts: he did it by telling stories.

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To paraphrase, courage is a dish best served around a big, crowded table packed with friends.

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Duluth's Climate Mobilization Campaign launches with a pull-no-punches ask: they want the city leaders to declare a climate emergency.

Well, some people are listening to the educated.

On Friday, all across the globe, young people (and others) will walk out of their schools and workplaces to "demand an end to the age of fossil fuels."

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Tone Lanzillo re-thought pretty much his whole life over the last three years or so ...

The former mental health worker decided to downsize and relocate his life so he could find a community in which he could make a difference.

But no one was as surprised as he to see his two-week stay in Duluth turn into a permanent gig.

The last time we checked in with Tone Lanzillo, the environmental activist was walking from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.

His walk, to raise awareness about climate change and what he calls "The Duluth Agreement," is over but it's leading right into his next project, "Making It Personal."

If you'd to take part in Tone Lanzillo's "Making It Personal" project, you can email him here.

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What is the sailor's perspective on climate change - even here on the shores of our "inland sea"?

Lots of "arrs" -- actually, Rs: recycle, reuse, regift, recover ...

The Sailor's Perspective on Climate Change event will be tomorrow (May 8) at 7:00pm.  More information is here.

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Don't try to tell Mary Franz that individuals can't affect the trajectory of climate change.

The organizing director of MPIRG at UMD says all our decisions matter.

And if we look for them, we can see the components of change all around us.

The Our Planet, Our Future: Environmental Summit will be held March 28; you can find more information here.

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Up until recently, the climate change conversation was conducted by scientists, and accompanied by lots of charts, graphs, and data.

But Jothsna Harris of Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy says most people aren't scientists.  And she thinks we need to shift the conversation away from people's heads ... and toward their hearts.

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The climate in Minnesota is changing.

What will this mean for North Shore visitors on the hunt for recreational activities?

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes says it takes about a hundred years for people to transition from one energy source to another -- no matter how appealing the new energy source might be.

But do we have that kind of time?

KUMD's Adam Reinhardt has the story.

Energy: A Human History is published by Simon & Schuster.

[This story originally aired on November 21, 2018, and was re-aired on December 26, 2018.]

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