Climatarian, A New Resolution!

Lentil Stew for Meatless Monday
Lentil Stew for Meatless Monday (lentils from Montana, carrots and onions grown in Minnesota)

My series on reducing waste continues, #31daysoflesswaste

What is a Climatarian?

A Climatarian diet involves choosing what you eat based on the carbon footprint of the food, and using your power as a consumer to drive down the production of beef and lamb which have the biggest impact on our climate.  A climatarian is about eating local food to reduce transportation and reducing food waste.

Climatarian defined in NYT’s top food words 2015: see for more info

What on Earth is a climatarian?

My easy suggestions to become a Climatarian

  • Celebrate Meatless Monday, and a few other days also
  • Shop food co-ops and eat locally grown foods.  Even in December I can find foods  grown in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • Walk or take the bus shopping, and grow and preserve your own food
  • Eliminate beef and reduce cheese consumption
  • Compost all food waste


You Have a Voice, Please Vote!


If you don’t vote you are giving more power to the billionaires that pay for all the negative ads…Which is exactly what they want!! This is about all of us, not just a few.



“No other democratic nation makes voting as difficult as it is in the United States” Larry Jacobs University of Minnesota, Humphrey Institute

Most of would agree there is too much money being spent in this election.  The billionaires against billionaires is not in the best interest of any of us. They want to further THEIR agenda. is impossible to sort out any truth from all the lies. The integrity of democracy is in serious trouble.  More than ever your vote is needed. If you care about our earth, GMOs, violence against women and children, minimum-wage, healthcare,, or the control big corporations have on our country, you must vote!!  Your vote does matter, and the candidates are not all the same!

How can you vote and support our democratic way of life?

1. Do NOT make your election choices from campaign ads….Too many lies, negativity and verbal garbage!  I wouldn’t watch or listen to any of these silly ads.

1. Google your state’s Secretary of State to see a sample ballot ( for example, Minnesota Secretary of State). The ballot looks overwhelming at first, but if you take time to look at it, you will make sense of it.  Remember you don’t need to vote for every race, but inform yourself about what and for whom to vote

3. Find your polling place on the same Secretary of State Website.

4. Google candidates to find what issues they care about and how do they align with your values.  Most of the time you can figure what is important to them by skimming their website.
wpid-wp-1412011643040.jpeg4. Go vote on Tuesday, November 4, even if it is for just one candidate or one issue.

5. Support organizations like Public Citizen, or Common Cause which work to end Citizen’s United.  www/

*** Above cartoon by Sack in the Minneapolis Star Tribune  Why the election gloom? An editorial by /Washington Post

#GetMoneyOut.  #ncsen

Climate March in NYC on Sunday, September 21


Hope I see you in New York City on Sunday!

This month, something amazing is happening. While the UN meets to discuss the climate, people from all over the world are coming together with a single message:

“It’s time to take action on climate change.”

In one week, on Sunday September 21, we’ll be joining the People’s Climate March on the streets of New York City to demand world leaders turn talk into action when they meet at the United Nations General Assembly later this month.

Together, we can make a difference!!  A film on climate change.

Can’t make it to NYC,  here are some easy things you can do:

999922_619252368141411_1083645899_n (1)   We are marching for the future.

The Ocean Reacts to A Warming Climate


Looking at this above chart, it is not surprising there are super storms on our oceans. Tens of Thousands are paying for the price of carbon with the loss of lives, homes, and destruction of their world.

I am grieving for the people of the Philippines.  What a horrific storm for this Pacific island to withstand. As Typhoon Haiyan was destroying the Philippines, individuals in Minnesota were meeting to plan how to adapt to our changed Minnesota climate. Is it possible for the Philippines, Hawaii, Florida or other ocean locations to adapt to super storms like this?  It seems impossible to adapt to a winds of 195 miles an hour or mountains of water washing over the land.  Without a doubt the warming and rising oceans played into this disaster.  Residents reported, “Surges of water as high as the trees.”  Can humans continue to inhabit land with the threat  of such devastation?  Yes, they are paying for the cost of carbon pollution with their health, their lives, and the loss of their world as they know it as they become climate refugees.


I thought the extreme weather event I experienced in 2012 was frightening when thunderstorms kept rolling across Duluth and northern Wisconsin for 2 days and 3 nights.  The heavy rain, thunder and lightning just wouldn’t stop!  Today I am happy to be land-locked.

Please contact the Philippine Red Cross, Team Rubicon, or UNICEF to donate and find out about other ways to help.

While this storm was pounding and destroying life on the islands of the Pacific, Minnesota leaders were meeting to discuss how to adapt to Minnesota’s changed and changing climate. How are we going to adapt and prepare for climate change?  The average temperatures on earth continue to rise.  2013 will be the 37th consecutive year with a global temperature above the 20th century average.  These rising temperatures allow the air to hold more water, More water in the air creates more of these extreme weather events.  In Minnesota we have droughts alternating with floods.

Below is a must read op-ed by Mark Seely of the University of Minnesota about Minnesota’s changed climate.  Climate Changed, by Mark Seely

Important Reads from the Past Week


Pollution is a human caused factor creating the reality of climate change and harming the health of all people, our oceans, and all living things. See articles below:   New research shows that human impact on the climate will heavily influence marine habitats by 2100, supporting a study earlier this month that showed coral reefs could be extinct by 2050. Pollution is expensive and we are all paying the costs to our lives, environment and through higher taxes.  And….  The World Health Organization has come out saying that pollution causes cancer.   Minnesota is trying to adjust for the future to the changes in the climate for the north woods.  What new trees might thrive or will the north country become prairie?


My letter in the Star Tribune

My letter published in the Minneapolis, Star Tribune August 7.


Where are our monarch butterflies? The droughts, alternating with heavy rains and pesticide use, have destroyed a lot of their habitat.

In response to the Aug. 6 commentary, “We’re free-market Republicans, but action on climate is urgent,” yes, climate change is real. We can all see it. To expect this Congress to act is hopeless, but luckily with the leadership of former State Sen. Ellen Anderson and Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota is on its way to national leadership in renewable energy.

Most important, we can all make a difference by reducing our carbon output by driving less, turning off lights and electronics when not in use, and reducing the chemicals we use. Our monarchs and children are depending on us.

Below is the op-ed to which I was responding: