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Acting boldly on climate change

For ourselves and generations to come

Our goal: Net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

The Climate Action Plan

The plan includes 5 goals, 29 strategies, and 145 tactics. The strategies focus on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to our changing climate in ways that reduce vulnerabilities and ensure a more equitable and resilient Hennepin County.

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What climate change means for Hennepin County

More and more, Hennepin County residents are noticing the effects of climate change — from warming winter temperatures, more extreme rain and snow events, and changes in our valued ecosystems.

Everyone experiences climate change, but the impacts are not felt equally. Communities of color, low-income families, residents with disabilities, and other vulnerable communities are the most at risk from negative climate impacts.

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How Hennepin County is leading on climate action

Hennepin County’s response to climate change is important. The county leads in many areas that offer the most effective ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions, such as investing in transit, conserving energy use in our buildings, protecting natural resources, and preventing waste.

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What we can do: Taking action at home and in your community

We all have a shared responsibility to do more to combat climate change and protect our local environment.

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Explaining the science of climate change

Grounding climate change education, communication, and conversations in basic science is helpful for creating a productive space to think about solutions. Learn metaphors and analogies that have provide effective in increasing understanding of the complex concepts of climate change.

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Preparing for winter weather in a changing climate

Minnesota winters provide a variety of exciting opportunities – whether that be sledding, ice skating, skiing, or curling up under a blanket. But winter also presents many hazards we need to prepare for – including extreme cold, snow, and ice. Learn ways to make sure you are prepared to stay safe this winter.

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Join a community science project to investigate climate change impacts

Volunteering your time to a community science project helps improve our understanding of environmental issues and climate change impacts. There are numerous community science projects that you can get involved in right away to track changes in the seasons, habitat, and wildlife due to climate change.

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