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Minnesota Responds to Climate Change: A Report from COP24

January 30 @ 6:00 pm CST

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In October, the United Nations (UN) released a report from the world’s leading climate scientists indicating that negative climate impacts are less than a decade away.  In November, Minnesotans elected many candidates to public office who listed climate action as one of their top priorities. And this December, diplomats from nearly 200 countries from around the world met in Poland to discuss accelerating their climate commitments. Minnesota and the world now face a critical moment of opportunity to achieve deep, economy-wide carbon reductions through policy innovation.

Join us for a discussion with J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy, on developments from the most recent global climate summit and to share ideas about productive next steps in Minnesota. The program will also include a panel discussion with other local experts who attended the UN climate change summit, including

  • Gayle Schueller, Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer at 3M
  • Dr. Corrie Grosse, sociologist at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University
  • Jia Zeng from Chengdu, China, a senior communication major at the College of Saint Benedict

About the Speaker

J. Drake Hamilton is Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy, a St. Paul-based energy advocacy organization. An expert in climate policy at the state and national levels, J.’s responsibilities include scientific analysis and policy development of clean energy solutions to global warming. She represented Fresh Energy at the Paris Climate Summit and was invited by President Obama to meet with him in the White House. In 2017, she showcased Minnesota’s decarbonization solutions at a global forum at the Bonn Climate Summit, featuring administration, legislative, corporate, and NGO leadership. J.’s frequent media appearances include television, Minnesota Public Radio, and business press as well as the Washington Post and New York Times and newspapers across Minnesota. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis on climatology and water resources and was formerly an assistant professor at The George Washington University. Named among Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine’s 100 influential people “who make things happen.” J. was awarded an international leaders fellowship from the European Union, and used that award to study climate policy solutions. She serves on the board of the Dartmouth College Institute for Energy and Society.

Presented in partnership with the Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library and Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central.


January 30
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Global Minnesota


Check-in Time
5:30 pm
Program Time
6:00 - 7:30 pm


Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
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