WRITTEN BY: Kathryn Hoffman, Interim Executive Director
As all Americans absorb the results of last night's elections, we at MCEA want you to know that we are more committed than ever to our mission to protect Minnesota's environment, natural resources, and the health of its people.
This is perhaps the most perilous time in history for environmental protection. Donald Trump has denied the very existence of climate change, the greatest environmental threat that we face, and has already appointed a climate skeptic to his team. We will need to marshal all of our resources as an environmental movement in the next two years to ensure that the bedrock protections of air, water and land remain in place.
That is discouraging, but it makes the work of state-level organizations like MCEA even more important. In communities across the state, Minnesotans hold our natural places dear. Already, much of the most important work to protect our environment was being done at the state and local level. MCEA’s work will help ensure that Minnesota remains a leader, and helps provide a model for other states. Now is not the time to lose heart. It is time for us to come together to protect the places and the resources that we love.
Now is a time for leadership. Minnesota has always been a leader on environmental issues, and that legacy remains strong. Minnesotans make good choices for the environment every day. And many of our decision-makers do as well. This is the perfect moment to reach out to your legislator and let them know that you expect them to continue to represent our environment.
Now is a time for hope. Our challenges to the environment are great, but our determination is even greater. More than ever, your support is critical to MCEA's work. Our ability to protect Minnesota's environment depends on you. We possess a range of tools and we will continue to use them. We work with the courts. We work with state agencies. We persuade lawmakers. Just this morning, MCEA challenged PCA’s lax regulation of a taconite mine to push the agency to protect our northern waters.
Now is a time for respect. We do not agree on everything, but we can still work to understand each other. We all depend on nature. We all know of beautiful places we'd like to preserve. Our challenge is to make those connections from a place of respect.
Stand with us. In leadership, in respect, in hope.