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Shaping the narrative about climate justice throughout Minnesota
How do we convince climate change deniers?

“How do you convince people that climate change is real?” is a question I’m invariably asked after I give a talk on climate change and health. Even as wildfires incinerate communities in California; hurricanes decimate islands, taking thousands of lives; and Qatar starts to air condition its outdoors from scorching heat, some continue to “not believe”… Read more »

Big Oil vs. EVs

We may have just seen the first skirmish in a war between Big Oil and clean energy in Minnesota. And clean energy won. In 2018, Minneapolis-based electricity and natural gas utility Xcel Energy announced a $25 million pilot program for electric vehicles, or EVs. As part of the plan, Xcel would support 350 new public… Read more »

Move faster, Xcel

Xcel Energy needs our help. The Minnesota utility has developed its next 15-year plan, and I’ve got to say, it’s pretty timid. So, Xcel needs its customers to come forward and tell the company, “Buck up. Show some courage. Be a leader.” To be sure, after getting a swift kick from the Minnesota Legislature in… Read more »

Easy actions for the climate

To ensure that the climate crisis is a top priority for our elected officials, it’s crucial that they regularly hear from constituents from across Minnesota. One way MN350 makes that happen is through the Climate Majority Project (CMP), a collection of more than 1,000 climate activists throughout our state who have committed to taking biweekly… Read more »

Meet our MN350 volunteers
Meet our MN350 volunteers

At MN350, our volunteers are the cornerstone of our success. We march, write letters, make phone calls and mobilize our neighbors to take collaborative action to address climate change. We are truly a grassroots organization with more passionate people joining our movement every day. Today, we want to introduce you to a few of our… Read more »

Amazon workers strike in Shakopee

On July 15, dozens of workers at the Amazon fulfillment center warehouse in Shakopee staged a one-day strike to protest working conditions. Joining the workers were members of the Amazon Employees for Climate Justice group from Seattle, supporters from several local unions, elected officials, and many activist organizations, including MN350. MN350 supported this strike by… Read more »

1,200 say stop Line 3 at Gichi-gami Gathering
1,200 say stop Line 3 at Gichi-gami Gathering

On September 28th in Duluth, 1,200 of us came together for a really amazing event: the Gichi-gami Gathering to Stop Line 3.  I’m writing to share a few memories of this day and what comes next. Even if you weren’t able to join us in Duluth, I hope you can join the March on… Read more »

March to Protect the Sacred!

This post originally appeared on Antidote Zine and is published here with permission. MN350 is committed to working with partners to bring about climate justice and fight Line 3. Please join us and the Movement to Stop Line 3 on Monday, Oct. 14, in Clearbrook, Minn. Next Monday, 14 October 2019, is Indigenous People’s Day,… Read more »

Does personal choice matter?

We’ve written about personal choices before, and I think it’s clear to the followers of MN350 that we believe strongly in the power of collective action.  But a recent piece from Vox made me think about personal choice and its impact on who feels excluded from the movement. Mary Annaise Heglar writes a compelling piece… Read more »

Why treaties matter

“For centuries the Chippewa have hunted, fished, and gathered wild foods. These activities . . . remain in a very real sense central to the culture and identity of the Chippewa.“  — Mark D. Slonim, attorney for Mille Lacs, during oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court (Minnesota v. Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians),… Read more »