Some senators stood in way of clean energy
This spring, members of the Minnesota Senate had an opportunity. They had the opportunity to move Minnesota toward 100% clean energy. Because Black, brown, or white, indigenous or immigrant, we all want the same things: good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. As Minnesotans, we don’t fear our future; we’re building it together.
I’m 16 years old. I know that if we aren’t taking the action now, it’s my generation’s future that is at risk. But it’s not just the next generation. This fall my sister Mary Clare was impacted by the California wildfires, the community around her went up in flames and had to leave. This is already a reality for many. Homes being burnt down. Hurricanes happening more often and more intensely. Though we may not always recognize the signs of climate change, they are here.
We had a choice. But unfortunately, a handful of our Senators stood in the way of clean energy. They wouldn’t listen. They wouldn’t make a compromise. They didn’t take responsibility for our future.
I am grateful for the leadership of Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, and the House of Representatives. They stood with young people like me, scientists, and the people who showed up again and again at the Capitol to demand a clean energy future. They fought alongside us for clean energy, economic justice, and a clean future until the last day of the legislative session.
In 2020, it is our obligation to flip the senate and to replace the elected officials who refuse to take action. Our future depends on it. Minnesotans agree on this, though: doing nothing is far from an option. It is time for us to lead.
Anna Grace Hottinger