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(poetry): Climate Emergency Poetry series: the Student Edition

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Phil Fitzpatrick is almost always poetic, even when he's pessimistic.

He wrote in a recent column in the Duluth News Tribune:

"After years of trying to understand and solve climate change, there are new distractions, the pandemic being only the most existential. The economy, race relations, immigration, our divided country, gun violence, and more all add weight and gloom. But hanging over Earth like an increasingly sodden, ominous cloak of misery is the unrelenting warming of the atmosphere."

But Phil's not a guy to wallow in despair.  He and local activist John Herold co-founded the Climate Emergency Poetry series, and last Sunday's event featured student poets from local high schools and universities.

Sometimes a dose of young people's optimism and passion is just what you need.

You can watch the April Climate Emergency Poetry event here, and more information about the May 16th event will also be posted here as soon as it becomes available.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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