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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 »

The Native American fight against broken pipelines and broken promises
The Native American fight against broken pipelines and broken promises

All oil pipelines break. It’s simply a matter of when, how often, and how catastrophically. The safety record of Enbridge, the energy infrastructure company behind the new Line 3 pipeline (extending from Hardisty, Alberta, through Minnesota, to Superior, Wis.) is a story of broken pipelines and broken promises. Among the most affected by these broken… Read more »

The People’s Hearing on Xcel’s fossil gas plant
The People’s Hearing on Xcel’s fossil gas plant

Last week MN350, St. Paul 350, the Sierra Club, Fresh Energy and other partners hosted a “People’s Hearing” to discuss Xcel Energy’s proposal to build a fossil gas plant near Becker, MN. The plant would cost Minnesotans more than $1 billion and would emit more than 3 million metric tons of carbon annually. Sierra Club… Read more »

Decoding Line 3 language
Decoding Line 3 language

NOTE: This is the first part of a three-part blog on the Line 3 pipeline. While calling their movement “grassroots,” supporters of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline have been spending a lot of money getting their message out – via television ads, digital ads, and a never-ending letters to the editor campaign extolling the economic… Read more »

Water protectors gather in Northern Minnesota to stop Line 3
Water protectors gather in Northern Minnesota to stop Line 3

This past weekend, June 5-8, 2021, water protectors gathered in Northern Minnesota to put their bodies on the line and stop construction on Line 3. The Treaty People Gathering was a weekend of nonviolent direct action in support of treaty rights and climate justice as Enbridge continues construction through Anishinaabe treaty land and the Mississippi… Read more »