(ABC 6 News) – Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan on Friday launched a comprehensive plan to protect Minnesota’s environment and fight climate change.
The Climate Action Framework was created when Minnesota Climate Change Sub-Cabinet — which includes 15 state agencies, departments and councils — listened to feedback from residents, businesses, community organizations, tribal nations, local governments and others.
In total, more than 3,000 Minnesotans helped shape the framework in the spring of 2022.
“To maintain the things we love about Minnesota – our pristine lakes, our incredible wilderness areas and state parks, and the outdoor economy – we must act in a collaborative, bipartisan and forward-looking way. future,” Governor Walz said. “That’s what this plan aims to do. With input from thousands of Minnesotans, this plan will mitigate the economic, health and environmental impacts of climate change to make Minnesota a better place to live for generations to come.
The Governor says the framework includes six goals which, if achieved, can slow the impacts of climate change and minimize its effects;
- clean transport
- climate-smart natural and working soils
- resilient communities
- clean energy and efficient buildings
- healthy lives and communities
- clean economy
The framework calls for building electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, increased use of wind and solar power, and strategies to create carbon storage in forests and soils.
Walz says the actions will grow the economy by creating new jobs in Minnesota, with the collaboration of public and private sector partners.
The new climate goals for Minnesota are based on the best available science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. These goals include reducing the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2030, achieving net zero emissions by 2050, and prioritizing investments in climate resilience over the of the next 10 years.
To learn more about Minnesota’s Climate Action Framework, CLICK HERE.