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Kivalina: a climate change story, a review
Kivalina: a climate change story, a review

The vast Chukchi Sea, between the Bering Strait and the Arctic Ocean, has been the friend and partner of the Inupiaq people for millennia. It was the source of their life and their culture. But for the Inupiaq who fished and hunted in the area of the Kivalina and Wulik rivers, that began to come… Read more »

A how-to on organics (the polite word for garbage)
A how-to on organics (the polite word for garbage)

Many of us are familiar with recycling. You see the containers everywhere, and the expectation is that you will participate, as carefully as you can. What is beginning to be more prominent and confusing is the bin for organics, or compost. I remember thinking, “They can’t really want me to put my ‘garbage’ in there!” It seemed… Read more »

Call for fossil fuel divestment unites generations of Minnesotans
Call for fossil fuel divestment unites generations of Minnesotans

It’s not often that Gen Z and Boomers are on the same team. Yet, Minnesota youth are joining pension holders to demand that the state divest its pension fund from fossil fuels. Pension holders are asking the state to restructure investments in its pension fund, moving money out of the fossil fuel industry and reinvesting… Read more »

A new age of activism

“Take to the streets! Show them what democracy looks like! Love water! Not oil!” We’re entering a digital era where this activist lingo is likely to be heard on social media, during a virtual protest, or in this case, in a blog by an activist. In light of this historical and devastating pandemic, activism has… Read more »

Food waste and you

Project Drawdown ranks 80 solutions for bringing down the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in order to avert a climate catastrophe. Food waste is ranked at #3 of those solutions, producing about half methane and half carbon dioxide all the way along its life, from fertilizing and preparing the land, growing the… Read more »

Black Lives Matter: There is no climate justice without racial justice
Black Lives Matter: There is no climate justice without racial justice

We stand with Black lives, and we mourn the loss of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Dominique Fells, Riah Milton, Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau, Rayshard Brooks, and the many others who have lost their lives at the hands of violence. At MN350, we’ve spent the past few weeks organizing in support of Black… Read more »

ED Talks: Preparing for energy democracy
ED Talks: Preparing for energy democracy

You flip the switch. The light comes on. What does a simple action like that have to do with a great big idea like energy democracy? Let’s start with energy democracy. At its simplest, energy democracy occurs when the people who use energy are the people who make decisions about it—where it comes from, how… Read more »

Climate change: what to read, watch, and listen to
Climate change: what to read, watch, and listen to

This isn’t a post about how to be productive during coronavirus. I started writing this post in January and since then, my productivity has plummeted (understandably so). In fact, my number one recommendation for entertainment while we are staying at home would be Schitt’s Creek. I know I’m behind the times, but it’s been a… Read more »

Launch of new campaign
Launch of new campaign

The ECO Act is gaining momentum at the Minnesota Legislature with bipartisan support. The bill would support jobs, economic development, and energy efficiency measures directly benefiting Minnesotans. Fresh Energy wrote this detailed roundup of the legislation and its benefits. MN350 supports the ECO Act and has launched a campaign targeting the MN Chamber of Commerce,… Read more »

What’s happening with sustainability at Macalester College?
What’s happening with sustainability at Macalester College?

Editor’s note: Macalester College has been a strong MN350 partner for years. Dozens of Macalester students serve as volunteer leaders or interns every semester, and Macalester professors are among our most active supporters. During this time of uncertainty, it’s easy to dwell on the stalled development of climate solutions. However, we can treat this as… Read more »