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Shaping the narrative about climate justice throughout Minnesota
What was the big deal about the 2021 summer drought?

Throughout recorded history, all regions have recognized cycles of drought. Every decade or two, a given region experiences dry conditions with often devastating consequences for agriculture. But like all cycles, there has always been a natural balance between wet and dry years with most years falling somewhere in the middle. While the boom-and-bust cycle isn’t… Read more »

Catch up on Nourish, MN350 Action’s podcast

As the Nourish by MN350 podcast team prepares for its third season, we’re rebroadcasting past episodes to remind us how our guests are revitalizing our land, ecosystems, and communities. Use your preferred podcast player to listen (or relisten) to “A Cup That Overflows” from April 2021. Host Lisa Chou talks about food waste with Danielle… Read more »

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 »