Advocates encourage City of Mankato to join Climate Caucus

Several residents came to Mankato City Council’s meeting Monday night to encourage the city to join the Minnesota Cities Climate Caucus.
Published: Feb. 28, 2022 at 10:34 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2022 at 11:30 PM CST
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Several residents came to Mankato City Council’s meeting Monday night to encourage the city to join the Minnesota Cities Climate Caucus.

The Climate Caucus is a group of cities that have joined an effort to ask for state and federal assistance towards climate efforts.

“I think it’s an important first step for our city council and our government to recognize that there is a climate emergency and commit to action,” Mankato resident Sabri Fair said.

“If the city council were to consider adopting that resolution, really what comes next is it’s an effort to share with our state and federal lobbyists and state and federal representatives that here’s a perspective and a viewpoint that Mankato shares,” Mankato City Manager Susan Arntz said.

Several other cities have already joined the Climate Caucus, including Rochester, St. Paul and Duluth.

The city is planning to next review the specific language of their own resolution, which has differed from city to city, in early March.

“In the direction we’ve had from our council is they would really like to review the language so that our words and our actions can connect,” Arntz said.

Arntz says after the council decides whether to join, they could hold a future meeting to discuss specific work.

Advocates hope the city takes the next step.

“Because without recognizing the issues at hand and the fact that we do have a roll to play, we won’t make any progress whatsoever,” Fair said.

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