Join us at our April chapter meeting--just two days before Earth Day--as we consider what we can do about climate change. The rise in global temperatures and more severe weather will have profound consequences in MN and around the globe. Barb Thoman of Transit for Livable Communities and Kurt Kimber of MN350 will provide an overview of the science, climate changes and trends in Minnesota, and what needs to be done to dramatically reduce emissions. The strategies presented will focus primarily on transportation and development patterns. Local community projects and statewide policy initiatives currently underway will be discussed as well as individual efforts and lifestyle choices that can help create a more sustainable future --and economy!
Barb Thoman co-founded Transit for Livable Communities (TLC) with another transit advocate in 1997. She served as executive director until 2001 and is currently serving as the executive director again. She is passionate about transportation research and is widely respected as a regional expert on transportation and land use. As a local non-profit organization, TLC has been a key leader in advocating for a more equitable, affordable and sustainable transportation system in Minnesota. Today TLC has 10,000 supporters, a staff of 12 FTE and a 12 member board of directors.
Kurt Kimber identifies as a “serial activist” who is currently an avid volunteer with MN350. The looming impacts of climate change and peak oil on civilization motivate his work on issues of infrastructure and strategy.