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Shaping the narrative about climate justice throughout Minnesota
The link between human health and climate change
The link between human health and climate change

Human health is inextricably linked to the health and well-being of our planet. The impacts of climate change are already here, and we’re now facing compounding disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes, and extreme heat waves along with the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions of quarantine and social distancing. As a physician, I educate my patients on what… Read more »

A win for clean transportation
A win for clean transportation

The future is electric, and that future is one step closer to reality today. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has announced that it received applications for more than 40 electric school buses for a $3 million proposed pilot project. The funds are allocated from Minnesota’s portion of the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal settlement funds,… Read more »

How MN350 got its name
How MN350 got its name

In his 2009 book, Storms of My Grandchildren, climate scientist and activist James Hansen talks about how, two years earlier, environmentalist leader and writer Bill McKibben approached him to confirm that the 450 parts per million (ppm) he had estimated as an upper limit for CO2 in the atmosphere was correct. McKibben was looking for… Read more »

Eight reasons for hope and confidence on Election Day
Eight reasons for hope and confidence on Election Day

Congratulations, Minnesotans, you’ve almost made it to the end of the 2020 election! Here are eight things to know about voting. 1. Voting is easy. But don’t use the mail.  More than 1 million Minnesotans have already voted early. People are literally lining up to do so, albeit with masks and social distancing. Many have… Read more »

Green New Deal: issues and opportunities
Green New Deal: issues and opportunities

Imagine a future where our communities run on renewable energy, where housing, education, and healthcare are not commodities but guarantees, where “luxuries” like parks and access to the arts are public goods for everyone to enjoy. The Green New Deal is our pathway to that future. Since I joined MN350’s Green New Deal team last… Read more »

8 ways to help the environment and build collective action
8 ways to help the environment and build collective action

Nearly every article written about helping the environment focuses purely on personal lifestyle changes as the key to preventing climate change. But even with the entire world in some form of lockdown or slowdown earlier this year, emissions were only projected to drop by 5-10%. Yup, you read that right: People weren’t flying, commuting, or… Read more »

The pros of anaerobic digestion (combined heat and power generation)
The pros of anaerobic digestion (combined heat and power generation)

Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of a series on food waste. Read about the issues with food waste and curbside composting. You can also read our series on food choices and climate change: part 1, part 2 and part 3.  What do you get when you combine garbage, food scraps, manure, sewage sludge,… Read more »

Water Relay
Water Relay

Water is life. Water is one of the most abundant substances on our planet, yet it’s still a resource not fully protected, accessible, or valued in our society. As humans, we’re composed of up to 60% water, yet we lack respect for our bodies when we support oil, gas, and coal that infect our water… Read more »

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 »