Celebrate Earth Day with Climate-Focused Actions

The logo for streets dot mn but it's a flower. Climate @ streets dot mn.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and the theme for this year’s celebration is “Climate Action.” Here at streets.mn, we have a lot of ways we’re taking action on climate breakdown, including the formation of our Climate Committee, a carbon audit, hosting trash clean-up events, and, as always, climate-focused articles from our wonderful authors.


Our climate crisis is a huge and systemic problem, and one that will take all of us to address. There are big changes we need to make to our world, and also to our lives. There are also smaller things we each must do that make a real difference (just like “every vote counts!”) and, importantly, remind us every day to work toward a better future.  Some of the little climate-focused things I’ve built into my life: gardening, ditching my car and bicycling to work (ok, not as much with the current work-from-home situation), being a part of streets.mn’s Board of Directors, and keeping our waterways clean by adopting my neighborhood storm drains!

Small yard sign saying "We protect the Mississippi River. Sweep up! Rake up! Pick up! adopt-a-drain.org" in a yard with a small wooden gnome house

Adopt-a-drain sign in my yard, with gnome houses

In the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, many traditional Earth Day celebrations have been cancelled. We unfortunately cannot gather to plant trees or clean up the city, but we can do these sorts of things on our own. As Adopt-A-Drain puts it, we can take “Alone-Together Earth Day Action” by cleaning up our own street!

a storm drain inset into curb, clean of debris

My closest storm drain, free of leaves and debris

Jenny Werness

About Jenny Werness

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Jenny (she/her) is a carfree, bicycling, tree-loving St. Paul resident, with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. She believes that our rapidly changing climate should be of utmost concern to all of us. Board of Directors of streets.mn, 2019-2024; Executive Committee - Content Manager.