Rural Climate Dialogue - Morris, MN


Morris Climate Dialogue Final Report

The link above will bring you to the Final Report from the Morris Area Climate Dialogue. This report includes...


One Rural Community Responds to Climate Change

Extreme weather brought on by climate change will affect each community differently. Rural...


Morris Student Thank You

This booklet was compiled by the Morris Area High School students and their teachers in response to what they learned during the...


Student Dialogue Blog

The U.S. Global Change Research Program released their ...

Citizens Jury came together at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (46352 State Highway 329, Morris, MN) on June 12–14, 2014, in Morris, Minnesota for an intense three-day deliberative forum to discuss risks posed by climate change and develop a shared, community-based response to changing weather patterns and extreme weather events. The jury, a randomly selected but demographically representative group of 15 citizens, had access to resources and experts to produce their own independent recommendations that respond to the Morris’ community needs, priorities, concerns and values. Morris High School students helped assemble data for the meeting through a series of local energy surveys. They also engaged with experts to discuss and deliberate what local impacts of climate change are of highest concern for them and what opportunities exist to build resiliency into their community for the future. 

“Rural communities are particularly vulnerable to changing weather conditions, but they also have a unique opportunity to respond to these challenges. It’s essential that these responses come from rural communities like Morris, and specifically from a demographically representative voice which includes the fears and hopes of our youth,” said Anna Claussen, director of rural strategies with IATP.

Reports and Outcomes

Expert Testimony

Local Information and Resources

The following list includes several resources around the Morris area to learn more or stay involved in the climate conversation after the Dialogue is finished.

Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) - West Central CERT empowers communities and their members to adopt energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies and practices. 

USDA Agricultural Research Service, Midwest Area - The Midwest Area ARS consists of programs in 8 states with research conducted by over 340 scientists and their respective support staff. The Morris location specializes in soil management research.

Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy - The Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy website helps you contact your legislator, provides tips on writing a letter to the editor and links you up with local media, and provides information and action alerts on public policy that supports peace and justice.

Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light - MN Interfaith Power and Light responds to climate change by bringing Minnesota's faith communities together and providing opportunities for congregations to join the growing climate justice movement.

Clean up the River Environment - CURE's office is based in Montevideo, MN. The organization protects and restores the Upper Minnesota River Watershed. CURE engages the community in finding transformational and systemic solutions to the problems threatening watershed environments.

University of Minnesota, Morris - UMM is a national sustainability and climate leader. The Morris Office of Sustainability, Center for Small Towns, Morris Healthy Eating initiative, and Office of Community Engagement are engaged in campus-community partnerships.

Morris Citizens Climate Lobby - The Morris CCL group meets monthly to advance work that will reduce the impacts of climate change. Morris CCL works to create the political will for a livable world.

Rural Climate Network - This network is made up of member organizations that share social and technical approaches to climate change between agriculture, forestry, and other natural resource dependent communities. This work connects rural leaders in order to generate and respond to state and national climate change policies. The website has a rich compilation of resources to learn what's happening on-the-ground across the country to adapt to and mitigate climate change.