Minnesota has been feeling the impacts of a changing climate for two decades now ... slowly seeing a shift in weather trends. With carbon and other greenhouse gases continuing to increase in the atmosphere - now regularly over 400 ppm - the state will see more change occurring more rapidly.
Our city and state officials are preparing for those changes.
The City of St. Paul received funding 3 years ago to begin to engage communities in climate preparedness. One of the results of those conversations was the creation of a booklet called Ready and Resilient. You can find it on the website at Macalester College, where the report was prepared.
The City of Minneapolis has been working internally on preparedness but had not yet engaged communities in the conversation, until recently, when it received a grant do begin the conversation. In the fall of 2016, the City of Minneapolis worked with the Longfellow-Seward neighborhood, the Phillips neighborhood and Near North neighborhoods to host community conversations.
In these conversations, small groups of neighbors received information from the health department and the state climatologist regarding the kinds of changes we will be seeing in Minnesota, and the health impacts those changes will likely cause. Residents then talked together about how those changes would impact their neighborhoods and what might be done about: