While traversing the far reaches of the globe, legendary polar explorer Will Steger saw firsthand the effects of climate change. This Sunday, he will share his experiences during a free public forum discussing the present state and future of clean energy in Minnesota at Granite Falls Lutheran Church beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Clean Up the River Environment (CURE), the evening’s forum will also include presentations from Fresh Energy science policy director J. Drake Hamilton, CURE Senior Director Duane Ninneman and Granite Falls Lutheran Pastor Steve Carmany.
Steger, whose Global Warming 101 expedition was sponsored by Fagen Inc. in 2007 and 2008, is actually making a return trip to Granite Falls after presenting at the Yellow Medicine East auditorium several years ago. His message on the impacts of climate change will be complemented by the evening’s other presentations. Drake will describe effective clean energy and clean air solutions that benefit the state economy while Ninneman will provide a history of NSP and Xcel Energy production and the impact of climate change on watershed health.
Over the last several years Steger and Drake have travelled all over the country with their message, providing hundreds of presentations to over 50,000 people. Drake emphasized that Sunday’s forum would be significantly different from that community members may have seen before, offering updated information and a primary focus on the opportunities for renewable energy investment that exist right here in Minnesota.
“We want to make sure Minnesotans know how well we’re doing compared to other parts of the country and what that means in terms of jobs and economic development,” Drake said. “It is our firm belief that we’re not having enough conversations about how we can move forward and build our renewable energy economy.”
Drake said that Sunday’s forum is open to “everyone from boy scouts to retired folks” and that “people find these conversations are a positive experience, with real examples of how Minnesota is making a difference.”