Climate Justice: The Minnesota Model for Building a Better Future for Us All

ON MAY 18, 2019, the American Humanist Association’s Center for Education hosted the latest in its open lecture series, “Climate Justice: A Better Future for Us All.” Held at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, the event featured Minnesota state and regional experts on sustainable agriculture and energy, as well as those working in the fields of health and environmental policy. The overriding theme was the intersection of climate change with poverty and inequality, along with a focus on resilience and action. Six keynote speakers, as well as a panel of inspiring high school climate activists, presented Minnesota as a model for climate policy and action that prioritizes social justice. The keynotes have been adapted for this special issue.

Right to left: Climate Justice speakers Catherine Fleming, Ben Passer, Mysti Babineau, Timothy Denherder-Thomas, Vishnu Laalitha Surapaneni, and Bailey Webster


What the Hmong Farmers Can Teach Us about Climate Resilience

By Bailey Webster

Do We Really Need a Green New Deal?

By Ben Passer

Project Sweetie Pie: A North Minneapolis Model for Ensuring Food Security

By Catherine Flemming

A Deep Love for the Common Ground

By Mysti Babineau

The Heart of Climate Justice: Creating the Energy Infrastructure We Want to See

By Timothy Denherder-Thomas

Climate Justice Prescription: Whatever You Do, It Will Have an Impact

By Dr. Vishnu Laalitha Surapaneni