St. Paul, MN - Today the Minnesota House Climate Action Caucus held a virtual public forum to introduce the Minnesota Climate Action Plan, a new science-based plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to ongoing climate change, and build resilience.
"Minnesotans are already facing impacts of climate change, and we are running out of time to prevent irreversible and potentially catastrophic changes to the state we cherish," said Rep. Patty Acomb (DFL - Minnetonka), Chair of the House Climate Action Caucus. "We must take immediate action to protect our planet for generations to come. The Minnesota Climate Action Plan outlines the steps that will lead us to a thriving, carbon-free future, including a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. This ambitious plan will help tackle the climate crisis and provide a bright future for all Minnesotans."
The main goal of the Climate Action Plan is a 45 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, which would put Minnesota on the path to be carbon-free by 2050. In addtion, the plan aims to help communities adapt to changes that are already occurring and build climate resilience across the state.
The Climate Action Plan outlines strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as quickly, efficiently, and affordably as possible across four sectors - energy, transportation, lands, and the built environment - and strategies to facilitate adaptation and resilience. Ambitious, collaborative actions like these would help combat the climate crisis while protecting the environment, addressing social inequalities, ensuring the public's health, and strengthening the economy now and for future generations.
The plan includes the following strategies:
Adaptation and Resilience
More information about the Minnesota Climate Action Plan can be found here. Video of the public forum will be available on the House Climate Action Caucus' webpage and Facebook page.