Minneapolis 2015: A Convenient Opportunity to Act on Climate

A few weeks ago, former Minnesota Governor Al Quie said to a small room that the climate issue requires the same approach he believes should drive all public service, and he expressed that approach in three simple ideas: Radical integrity, creative collaboration, and no excuses. It struck some of us as the most clear-headed, forthright, and appropriate way to talk about how to solve big problems and be of service in the world. With the Governor’s permission, it was adapted to serve as the theme of the Minneapolis 2015 Climate Action Conference, billed as a “last stop on the way to Paris”.

Business & Policy Leaders Push for Smarter Climate Action in “Last Stop Before Paris”

On October 26th, the second day of the Minneapolis conference, climate experts and business leaders joined a high-level dialogue — convened by Partnership for Change and Citizens’ Climate Education — to focus on how to accelerate development and deployment of low-carbon technologies and climate-smart business practices.

The dialogue was co-chaired by Marilyn Carlson Nelson and former United States Vice President Walter Mondale.

oppportunity-iconThe October 26 discussion produced an outcome document entitled “A Convenient Opportunity”, which will serve as the foundation for an ongoing multilevel, multilateral dialogue process. Accelerating Progress, Advancing Innovation — also known as the Acceleration Dialogues — will focus on connecting policy leaders to leaders in business and civil society, to ensure the global climate response is real, ambitious, everywhere-active, and conducive to better outcomes for people around the world.

From “A Convenient Opportunity”:

For those committed to a world with zero change, climate disruption is “an inconvenient truth”; for those committed to building a prosperous future, the global need to reverse climate disruption is a landscape of opportunity that can generate improved outcomes on all fronts.

Download the 4-page document here.

The series will focus on diverse stakeholder and practitioner input, pioneering best practices, over-the-horizon innovations, and concrete strategies for accelerating inclusive climate action. By examining the climate challenge from different angles, the series will also explore connections to other issues of major global significance, like peacebuilding, food security, human trafficking, and the ability to develop and maintain resilient civic institutions.

Individual Supporters

  • Ingrid Stange: Founder and Chair, Partnership for Change
  • Mark Ritchie: Chair, Expo2023—The Minnesota World’s Fair
  • Ellen Anderson: Executive Director, Energy Transition Lab
  • Richard Eidlin: Co-Founder, VP, American Sustainable Business Council
  • Mark Reynolds: Executive Director, Citizens’ Climate Lobby
  • Joe Robertson: Global Strategy Director, Citizens’ Climate Lobby
  • Tom Hanson: Diplomat in Residence, Univ. of Minnesota—Duluth
  • Nicole Rom: Executive Director, Climate Generation
  • David Thoreson: Arctic Explorer
  • Hari M. Osofsky: Professor, Univ. of Minnesota Law School; Faculty Director, Energy Transition Lab
  • Jessica Hellmann: Director, Institute on the Environment, Univ. of Minnesota
  • Juan Chebly: Lead Adviser, UNEP
  • Alex Bozmoski: Director of Strategy and Operations, Energy and Enterprise Initiative

Organizational Supporters

Co-coordinated & Hosted by:

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In collaboration with
The Norwegian Nobel Institute

The Acceleration Dialogues

  1. October 2015, Minneapolis — The Climate Action Opportunity
  2. December 2015, Paris — Business Model Change and the Carbon Delta
  3. April 2016, Washington — Assessing the Carbon Pricing Value Chain
  4. May 2016, Oslo — Evolving a Climate-Smart Financial Sector
  5. June 2016, Minneapolis — Macro-critical Climate Resilience
  6. September 2016, New York — Climate, Peace and Security in the SDGs
  7. October 2016, Washington — Carbon Pricing as the Foundation for Future Business and Community Value
  8. November 2016, Marrakech — Accelerating NDC Action
  9. April 2017, Washington — Building Fiscal Resilience
  10. December 2017, Paris — Working Dialogue on Resilience Intel
  11. April 2018, Washington — Toward Economy-wide Resilience Intelligence


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