There are many local and national organizations keeping track of how we call can advocate and lobby for stopping the climate crisis.  Not every cause or activity  is for everybody. We urge you to find the issue and action that is right for you

1. Contact State Senators: First,  reach out to your State Senator to ask for support of grant funding for local resiliency projects including community preparedness and stormwater infrastructure upgrades to protect against flooding. The need for this funding is described in the legislative fact sheet: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/about-mpca/preparing-communities-our-changing-climate.   This funding will be negotiated in conference committee for the omnibus environment policy and supplemental appropriations bill and bonding bills.

We especially need outreach for these Senate districts with senators less friendly to these causes:    ( Look up your district at https://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/Street.aspx?ModeType=1&ZipCode=55025 )

District:
  • 58 – Senator Zach Duckworth – Lakeville
  • 55 – Senator Eric Pratt – Prior Lake
  • 47 – Senator Julie Coleman – Waconia
  • 39 – Senator Karin Housley – Stillwater
  • 38 – Senator Roger Chamberlain – Lino Lakes
  • 35 – Senator Jim Abeler – Anoka
  • 34 – Senator Warren Limmer – Maple Grove
  • 33 – Senator David Osmek – Mound
  • 32 – Senator Mark Koren – North Branch
  • 31 – Senator Michelle Benson – Ham Lake
2. The Union of Concerned Scientists is asking us all to push the Biden administration to listen to the scientists about climate change and more. Here is how you can help.

3.  Trees:  Do you want to help Mendota Heights plant 5,000 trees in 5 years?  We are losing thousands of trees to Emerald Ash Borer and other tree pests and diseases.  You can join the Mendota Heights grass roots organization that is planning a project to make our community greener and more resilient. They need people to help with publicity, fundraising, lobbying, tree planting, communication and more. Interested?  E-mail lespilgrim@juno.com and tell her you are with Beth Jacob.  AND you can help plant trees at Beth Jacob. Watch this space for details about group planting this summer or fall.

4.   Wetland volunteers: The Wetland Health Evaluation Program’s orientation is less than two weeks away and they still have spots available if you are interested in joining this program for the summer! WHEP engages citizen volunteers to help monitor wetlands in their community. Since 1997, WHEP volunteers have been monitoring wetland health throughout Dakota and Hennepin counties. They provide important information to city and county planners, engineers, resource managers, and others. The data is also used by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to track wetland health throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

The Wetland Health Evaluation Program teaches citizen volunteers to become wetland monitors in their community. WHEP volunteers work in teams to evaluate the biological health of wetlands selected by their community. All training and equipment is provided and volunteer times are flexible and adaptable to a busy summer schedule. For additional information about this program, check out this intro video or visit the MN WHEP website.