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Achieving net-zero emissions by 2050: The IEA 1.5C scenario
Achieving net-zero emissions by 2050: The IEA 1.5C scenario

The following blog post summarizes a roadmap provided by the International Energy Agency focused on net-zero carbon emissions. At MN350, it is our position that net zero doesn’t adequately address the climate crisis and in many instances is used to allow polluting industries to carry on with business as usual on the promise of future… Read more »

MN350’s podcast wraps season two

MN350 recently wrapped up season two of its podcast, Nourish. In the episode “In Transition,” host Jeff Diamond explores the future of agriculture with Mhonpaj Lee, an organic farmer, real estate agent, and food advocate within the Hmong community in Minnesota. Mhonpaj and her mother run Mhonpaj’s Garden, a family organic farm focused on instruction,… Read more »

An anniversary Minnesotans shouldn’t forget

NOTE: This is the final part of a three-part blog on the Line 3 pipeline. Part 1 decodes Line 3 language and Part 2 discusses the destructive wildfires created by the pipeline construction. This past spring, most Minnesotans failed to remember a noteworthy anniversary in the state’s history. In fact, it’s an anniversary that Enbridge… Read more »

Greenwashing the airwaves

Bank of America sponsors Minnesota Public Radio’s ongoing Climate Cast series hosted by Paul Huttner, as well as the Greener Good, a three-part series on business and climate change hosted by Chris Farrell that aired earlier this year. Before the twinkly, upbeat synth guitars of the Climate Cast theme song, an authoritative-but-chill voice reads: “Through… Read more »

100% Campaign: Looking back at the legislative session
100% Campaign: Looking back at the legislative session

Last month, the 2021 State Legislative Session ended. Finally. After a 1st Special Session and a Senate-only extra week. We made some tangible progress on equitable climate solutions in 2021, but the closing days of the session were rough. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka told Gov. Tim Walz that the Senate was preparing… Read more »

Where there’s smoke, there’s devastation

NOTE: This is the second part of a three-part blog on the Line 3 pipeline. Part 1 decodes Line 3 language. In early January, when construction started on Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, the temperature in northern Minnesota near Bemidji, MN was brisk and cloud cover made the sky overcast and grey. Or so residents thought.… Read more »

Treaty People Gathering
Treaty People Gathering

Last month, at the invitation of Minnesota Indigenous leaders, my wife and I attended the Treaty People Gathering (TPG) on the White Earth Reservation. We spent three days learning, singing, praying, practicing, and then protesting against Line 3. It was a remarkable experience. The first full day at the TPG was busy. First, we learned… Read more »

Next Nourish episodes
Next Nourish episodes

Nourish by MN350 is a podcast by the MN350 Food Systems Team. It features visionary leaders who are creating the regenerative, inclusive, local food economy we need to meet the challenge of climate change. The two newest episodes are “A Return to Vibrancy” and “An Irreplaceable Treasure.” In “A Return to Vibrancy,” writer, producer, host,… Read more »

Where is Governor Walz’s commitment to Minnesota’s environment?
Where is Governor Walz’s commitment to Minnesota’s environment?

Through his inaction on climate issues, Gov. Tim Walz has consistently ignored what’s best for Minnesota’s future. The recent Climate Report Card, released by a coalition of 18 leading climate, environmental, community, and Indigenous organizations in Minnesota, grades the governor on nine areas in which he can move our state forward — even without action… Read more »

Systems of inequity: why environmental racism and overpolicing are inextricably linked
Systems of inequity: why environmental racism and overpolicing are inextricably linked

Racial and socioeconomic equity are central to climate justice. It’s impossible for the United States to examine its contributions to climate change, and their impact, without also examining inequities built into the foundation of the U.S., both in terms of the systematically racist and classist society at home and a legacy of colonialism and U.S.… Read more »