MN350 blog

Shaping the narrative about climate justice throughout Minnesota
Caucus for climate on February 25!

As 2020 began, I felt deep anxiety but also an unexpected sense of hope. It’s difficult to overstate the impact that this year’s elections will have on our collective future. But until recently, I struggled with a sense of futility about the political process. I’ll vote, but what could have a deeper impact? When I… Read more »

Clean cars a benefit for Minnesota

In celebration of Gov. Tim Walz’s proposed Clean Cars MN standards, MN350 volunteer Daniel Tikk wrote a column for the Duluth News Tribune. Daniel sums up the environmental, societal, and financial benefits of improved transportation emissions. We’re already feeling the impacts of climate change in Minnesota, and a move toward low emissions and electric vehicles… Read more »

Pining for the bogs and the Boundary Waters

The impacts of climate change are far from consistent across different regions of the world. The Arctic, for example, is warming two times faster than the rest of the globe due to the intensity of climate feedback loops such as ice sheet loss and permafrost melt. Distinct ocean hot spots are causing massive sea life… Read more »

Transit as a climate solution

Imagine a future in which, instead of sitting in our cars, stuck in traffic, we could get everywhere we needed to go on electric buses, on trains, or by walking or riding our bikes in safe, separated lanes. Imagine a future where you don’t need to fill your tank at a gas station every week,… Read more »

Four things you should know about the tar sands

After I started volunteering with MN350 last spring, I volunteered to write a blog post on the Canadian tar sands, the origin of that carbon-intensive, climate-destroying sludge that Enbridge wants to run through Line 3. I’ve distilled the tons of information I found into Four things you should know about the tar sands. Extracting tar… Read more »

Climate Change for Breakfast, Part 3

NOTE: This is the third part of a three-part blog on the industrial farming of animals and its implications for the impact of eating meat on the environment. Part 1 provides history and background, Part 2 explores the ethical problem that eating meat poses today, and Part 3 offers solutions. Eat food. Not too much.… Read more »

Time to divest from fossil fuels

Last week, MinnPost published an opinion piece from Grant Stevensen, MN350 climate justice organizer, and Juwaria Jama, state lead for MN Youth Climate Strikes, about fossil fuel divestment as one solution for the climate crisis and our retirement savings. The piece sums up the divestment movement and the current campaign to ask our legislators to… Read more »

Fossil fuel divestment

Let’s take a minute to talk about investments. Those of us who are fortunate enough to have any would probably prefer to think about anything else. We want to invest, earn some money, and not have to think about it all that much letting time work its magic. Unfortunately, time is no longer on our… Read more »

Climate change for breakfast, Part 2

NOTE: This is the second part of a three-part blog on the industrial farming of animals and its implications for the impact of eating meat on the environment. Part 1 provides history and background, Part 2 explores the ethical problem that eating meat poses today, and Part 3 offers solutions. The fate of industrially farmed… Read more »

Building green

Melanie Danke talked with Melissa Rappaport Schifman, founder of Green Intention LLC and the Editor-in-Chief/Sustainability Thought Leader for BuildWithRise.com. Rappaport Schifman’s book, “Building a Sustainable Home: Practical Green Design Choices for Your Health, Wealth and Soul,” details the experience of building her family’s LEED-certified home. Loaded with information on green building options, this practical guide… Read more »