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Celebrating the 1-year Anniversary of the Climate Committee

On December 29, 2019, seven people met at Dual Citizen Brewery in St. Paul, and there we created the Climate Emergency Committee. We had a few in-person writing meet-ups before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, and even though none of us could anticipate the events that followed throughout the year of 2020, we maintained our monthly meetings, moving from in-person to online. Altogether, we wrote 29 posts in 2020. Some were joyous, many were critical, some were realistic, and some were downright sad, but they all reflect on our individual thoughts, hopes, and experiences as human beings in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metro Area and share the spirit of how we use and what it means to us.

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The Climate Committee’s logo. Designed by: fellow committee member Pine Salica

Individually, none of us are in positions with any power more than the words in the posts we write, but we came together and created this group because we all care a lot about this planet we all live on. Earth needs to provide sustenance for future generations and the current climate outlook is really dire. Actually, extremely dire!  We hope that if everyone reading would make small personal changes like reducing car use, eating more plants, and planting more perennials, as well as embracing some larger lifestyle shifts such as reducing car ownership, sharing walls, and reducing and reusing our material use instead of only recycling, that will result in a cascade of climate action and a true path towards a sustainable future.

That is why we created this committee. Care to join us this year? Contact us!

Projections of CO2 effects on global warming for the year 2100. Source: Climate Interactive

Fred Kreider

About Fred Kreider

Fred is a car-free, smartphone-free Millennial who lives in a 120-year-old NOAH duplex in Downtown Longfellow. A connoisseur of the built environment, they find it unacceptable for transportation to be deadly and believe housing is a right, not an investment. A member of the Streets.MN Climate Committee.

Pine Salica

About Pine Salica

Pine lives in Minneapolis and works in Saint Paul. Pine hasn't owned a car for over a dozen years, and can count on one hand the number of times they've operated one in the last 12 months. Housing is a human right, car storage is not. Member of the Climate Committee.

Christa M

About Christa M

Attorney. I do law stuff, ride bikes, and paint murals. Member of Hourcar & Nice Ride, and customer of Freewheel Bike and The Hub Bike Co-op.

Pat Thompson

About Pat Thompson

Pat Thompson is cochair of the St. Anthony Park Community Council's Transportation Committee, a member of Transition Town - All St. Anthony Park, and a gardener in public and private places. She is a member of the Climate Committee.

Jenny Werness

About Jenny Werness

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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, 2019-2024; Executive Committee - Content Manager.

About Kyle Constalie

Kyle Constalie lives in St. Paul, MN and tries to use his bare hands to calm the river surface.