The Longest Summer Tour brings eyewitness footage of global warming from extreme polar expeditions, opportunities to dialogue with policy-makers, scientists and climate experts, and solutions from young climate leaders on the forefront of an international movement to solve the climate crisis. We are galvanizing our audience across the upper Midwest to lead the transition to a clean energy economy.
What does this tour have to do with climate change?
What We Know
We know that we have a short window of opportunity to enact policy and lifestyle changes, most likely less than 10 years, and perhaps only 5 years, before the entire summer sea ice on the Arctic Ocean is gone.
We know that those of us living in the upper Midwest, specifically in Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan have a deep connection to their natural resources and the lakes that define our sense of place. Our natural resources, including our Great Lakes, are affected by the impact of global warming – from disruptions to water levels, warmer annual average temperatures, shorter winters, shortened durations of lake ice cover, and heavier rainstorms.
We also know that this region holds the potential for solutions to global warming and can set the stage for national action because of our clean energy resources. We are uniquely positioned to lead – from human powered progress in communities, governments, and regional collaboration, to tremendous agriculture resources for biofuels, and great wind and solar potential for alternative energy.
What We Believe
We believe people can work together across the generational divide to affect change in communities, on college campuses, and in public policy.
We believe that global warming will be slowed by people and organizations taking collective action.
We believe that hope is driven by our ability to move ahead in the face of uncertainty by authentically sharing the eyewitness stories and images of the people and places impacted by global warming.
We believe that by connecting people to people, place to place, spirit to spirit, we can mobilize and act to make a difference.
The Longest Summer Tour provides an opportunity to highlight and elevate the great resources and efforts on climate change already underway in the upper Midwest. There is already great progress in this region on clean energy and global warming solutions – this tour aims to highlight regional leadership from a cross-generational perspective and the strategies, and policies already in place at the regional, state, local level that reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The tour will provide vivid accounts of the impacts of global warming to the Arctic, to the Great Lakes, and examples of citizen solutions.