the facts: why minnesota can't wait to act on climate

Minnesotans like to believe we are better than average. We've set ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gases, we've joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, and Governor Mark Dayton has declared "We Are Still In" to honor our share of America's commitments in the Paris Climate Accord. But our progress toward these goals has stalled. We have already missed our goal of reducing greenhouse gas pollution 15% by 2015. If we do not take action now, we will also miss our goal of reducing greenhouse gas pollution 30% by 2025. 

 
 Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Scientists will tell you that we need to stabilize our atmosphere at 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide to guarantee that our planet is habitable for future generations. We’ve already exceeded that. In 2018, for the first time since humans began monitoring atmospheric carbon dioxide, concentrations exceeded 410 ppm. This means that we not only need to STOP emitting, but we need to figure out how to remove carbon dioxide from our air. Now. Our future depends on it.

 
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We can do this.

“We have so many unique and inventive solutions waiting to be implemented and we also have a lot of people waiting to take action and if we connect those two we could see real change and improvement of my future and the future of my generations’ children.”

— Katie Christiansen

 

Minnesota isn't alone in this fight. We are part of the U.S. Climate Alliance, a group of 17 states including 40% of the US population, that has committed to meeting our obligations under the Paris Climate Accords. The rest of the world is also moving forward with the steps needed to protect the future from climate change. The American public strongly supports taking action to limit greenhouse gas pollution. A March 2018 poll found the "most common reason why Americans want to reduce global warming is to provide a better life for our children and grandchildren." 

That's us. And we have a lot at stake, as the worst impacts of climate change are still on the horizon.