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Green Visions: "We are all eyewitnesses to climate change"

Taji Joseph from "Eyewitness: Minnesota Voices on Climate Change"

Climate Generation - and apparently a lot of Minnesotans - want the state legislature to be able to hit the ground running when they reconvene January 5.

One of the ways they hope lawmakers can accomplish that is if they hear from their constituents. So they're gathering written testimony from people in all 67 legislative districts about the effects of climate change they've already seen, and why they're asking for "bold climate action."

"Everything we cherish about life, whether it be the rich soil needed for us to grow vegetables and crops, the trees and plants that give us our oxygen, the clean water we all as human beings depend on to keep the blood flowing in our bodies–all of this will greatly be affected without our immediate intervention to slow or stopclimate change. For this art piece, I wanted to use as many materials as possible found innature, such as dirt, tree bark, and stones, to show that no matter how small or insignificant something may seem to you, everything in life serves a purpose." - Taji Joseph, Age 26; Minneapolis, MN; Visual Artist, African-American, Uncle

Here is the template for your letter, and there's also a place to submit your own letterwithout the prompts.  The full Eyewitness Letter Program Toolkit is available here.

You can read more about the EyeWitness project here.

Read about the book, Eyewitness: Minnesota Voices on Climate Change here, and meander through the virtual gallery.

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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