Gov. Walz administration declares Climate Week in Minnesota amid youth protests

Source: By Dana Ferguson, Pioneer Press • Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Demonstrators rally at the State Capitol in St. Paul, as part of an international student climate strike Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (Dave Orrick / Pioneer Press)

The Walz administration on Monday declared the week of Sept. 23-29 Climate Week in Minnesota in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of acting to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The declaration comes days after young people around the world took to the streets for the Youth Climate Strike, a campaign to support an international effort to make countries promise to reduce carbon pollution beyond levels agreed to as part of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. The United Nations Climate Summit kicked off Monday in New York and is set to weigh those proposals.

Around 6,000 took part in the climate demonstration at the Minnesota Capitol on Friday, in conjunction with the global strike and thousands more took part in more than a dozen other rallies around the state.

“Climate change threatens the very things that make Minnesota a great place to live, from our magnificent 10,000 lakes to our farmable land and clean air,” Gov. Tim Walz said in a prepared statement. “If Washington won’t lead on climate, Minnesota will.”