Mississippi Meeting: Acting Together to Protect Our Planet

Together with community leaders, donors, and subject matter experts, we discussed food, water, farming, and how our choices impact the environment in Minnesota and around the world.

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Event Videos

Watch event speakers and panelists share their thoughts and expertise on how we can better protect our environment.

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On June 25, 2019, The Mississippi Meeting: Acting Together to Protect Our Planet brought together community leaders, donors, and subject matter experts to discuss the deep challenges facing our climate and their impact here in Minnesota and around the world.

This important day of action featured experts in food, water, land, and more. We shared information about the Climate Action and Racial Equity Fund, which was developed in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, Mayor Jacob Frey, and the McKnight Foundation. We also previewed a new effort, Upstream, which highlights threads of common experience, values, and shared connections to Minnesota.


Event Speakers and Panelists

Water, Food, and How Our Choices Impact Minnesota Panel
Beth Dooley, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
Peggy Ladner, The Nature Conservancy
Larkin McPhee, Moderator
Julie Ristau, Main Street Project
Kristian Theisz, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Business Voices of Impact Panel
Ela Eskinazi, Bank of America
Mary Jane Melendez, General Mills Foundation
Gayle Schueller, 3M

Mayor Jacob Frey, R.T. Rybak, Ben Saxton, Priya Dalal-Whelan, and Stephanie Zawistowski also spoke. You can see all of these talks and conversations on our YouTube channel.

Event Partners

Thanks to our partners who helped make this event sustainable.

  • Christine Hoffman of Foxglove designed our centerpieces (pictured right). They were designed with native plants and flowers that our beneficial to our environment.
  • Second Harvest Heartland showcased how they incorporate sustainability into their business model.
  • Tare Market provided local, sustainable, and package-free products.
  • Water Bar and Public Studio served water as a way to educate and re-center the value of water in public life.

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