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Shared Climate Stories from the Gala

One of the most important things WE can do to fight climate change is also one of the simplest: Talk about it.

A climate story is a personal account of climate change from your experience and observations, ranging from despair to hope, from loss to resolve. It is descriptive and makes an emotional connection to climate change.

Everyone has a climate story even if you don’t know it yet. Mine’s about snow.

When I was growing up in the 90s, I remember cold winters with PILES and PILES of snow to sled on. My sisters and I would make forts and mountain mansions out of snow. It was my absolute favorite thing in the winter. Also, because I grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere Iowa, I remember going outside in the middle of winter and pretending that we were trekking across GREAT glaciers in a blizzard. It wasn’t until I went to college in 2010, that I realized that winters just .. weren’t the SAME anymore. When my partner and I moved to Minnesota in 2014, people kept warning us of the BAD winters of Minnesota. Honestly, I haven’t experienced one BAD winter up here and it’s been 8 years. Sure, there are a few cold nights, and once and a while there’s heavy snow. But, really? Nothing THAT bad where there are HUGE snow drifts where you can’t leave your house because there’s too much snow. And even though we live in a location known for winter sports like skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. We’ve decided to forgo buying any equipment because it doesn’t seem like a wise investment. Instead, we just rent it on the few days out of the winter when there’s enough snow. This is my climate story. It’s about my LOVE for snow and my LOSS of snow.

Remember a climate story is a personal account of climate change from your experience and observations. It doesn’t have to be about the weather, it could be about how your surrounding environment has changed or how society's behaviors have changed. Take a moment to think about it and then TALK about it.