Simple Tips for Sustainable Beauty

What is your carbon footprint? It’s something I’ve often contemplated — and felt guilty about — especially while driving the kids’ carpool. But here’s one thing I hadn’t considered: the beauty and personal care products that clutter my shower and sink (and under my sink!). Much of the packaging isn’t recyclable, and that’s a problem….

Why Your Climate Actions Matter

The weather just keeps getting wackier. In 2019, Minnesota had its wettest water year on record. In January 2020, we had our cloudiest stretch, and many of us felt the lack of sunshine in our moods. It seemed like the sun would never come again, until one day it did. I moved to Minnesota over…

Sage climate conversation—your perfect Thanksgiving dinner accompaniment

Ah, Thanksgiving. That special time of year when Aunt Lucia asks her niece when she’s going to get married—for the thirteenth time. When Uncle Antonne snaps the big piece of the wishbone and leaps from the table in mock celebration, sending little Darius running from the table in tears. When Grandma Eleanor has an unfortunate…

Could Minnesota farmers and growers be the heroes of our climate challenge?

In a word, yes. In 2016, agriculture was responsible for nearly 15% of Minnesota’s carbon emissions. In the not-so-distant future, however, agriculture could not only go carbon neutral but carbon negative—offsetting emissions generated by the energy and industry sectors. What’s more, sequestering carbon in the soil could also address some of the dire economic challenges…

Your killer Halloween costume—made climate-friendly

Is there a holiday that’s quite as much dang fun as Halloween? (No need to respond—the answer is obviously no.) It’s that time of year when there are no limits to how ridiculous we might be, no matter our age—a time when we can step outside the humdrum of our lives to let loose, to…

From rural Iowa to the heart of Minneapolis: This is my climate journey

I grew up in a very rural part of Iowa—where some of the richest soil in the world drives a strong agriculture-based local economy. And, like a lot of kids, my first part-time jobs were on some of those farms. In my downtime, though, it’s on the water where you’d find me—boating and fishing on…