Mayor Coleman to participate in climate change conference in St. Paul


St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will be delivering the keynote speech at the St. Paul Hotel Monday during a conference on climate change and extreme weather.

Coleman, who is also the president of the National League of Cities, is expected to meet with elected leaders and staff from 12 cities in Minnesota and Wisconsin at the event, which will take place in the hotel's Summit Room from 3 to 5 p.m., the Pioneer Press reports.

The event is being organized in conjunction with the Institute for Sustainable Communities.

The climate change and extreme weather conference in St. Paul comes a day after an estimated 300,000 marchers, including more than 300 Minnesotans, took to streets in New York City to draw attention to climate change issues, MPR News reports.

USA Today says, organizers called the march the largest climate change demonstration in history.

More than 1,100 organizations endorsed the march, which reportedly included U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, former U.S. vice president Al Gore, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo.

The United Nations says about 125 different countries were expected to participate in the march.

There were also climate change marches held throughout Minnesota Sunday, including in St. Paul, Rochester, Duluth and Winona, according to MN 350.

Earlier this month, the National Audubon Society warned of the impacts of climate change on bird populations in the U.S., including the fate of Minnesota's state bird, the Common Loon.

The report, which was based on a seven-year study, said by 2080 that the Common Loon, may no longer be heard within the state’s borders.

Last year, a report from the National Wildlife Federation said the dwindling moose population in Minnesota was likely due to the effects of climate change.

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