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Minnesotans Stand Up to Defend the Paris Climate Accord

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2017 

Contact: Julia Nerbonne, julia@mnipl.org or (612) 810-1577 

MINNEAPOLIS -- Thousands of Minnesotans have taken to the streets in the last month to stand for justice and action on climate change. 

  • 200,000 in DC at the Peoples Climate March including more than 500 Minnesotans
  • 10,000+ in St Paul at the Kids Climate March & Science March
  • 2,000 in Minneapolis at Peoples Climate March
  • > 700 in Duluth for the Peoples Climate March 

As the Trump Administration threatens to pull out of the climate agreement hundreds of Minnesotans including faith leaders are submitting their pictures of what it looks like to take a stand. Click here to see their growing album. 

As Rev. Dwight Wagenius of Mayflower United Church of Christ in Minneapolis said, “Pulling out of the Paris Accord goes against all we have worked for. It puts the interests of the fossil fuel companies ahead of vulnerable people and international relationships. Pulling out is not in the interest of people who care about their neighbors all over the world.” 

Climate movement actors have been working for decades to promote a viable international climate agreement. In December of 2015, International Leaders at the Conference of the Parties 21 in Paris, they finally negotiated a global agreement to keep temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees C. Pictured below are hundreds of Minnesotans who rallied in December 2015 to support the Paris Climate talks. 

  

The global agreement relies on each nation to take on part of the responsibility for carbon reduction. Minnesotans will continue to show the world that though our administration refuses to face the reality of climate change, the American people will continue to work tirelessly to build a just and livable climate for all people. 

 

About Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light : MNIPL works in partnership with faith communities to build transformative power and bring the lights of people’s unique gifts to addressing the climate crisis. Since our founding in 2004, we have mobilized religious support for landmark legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota, educated hundreds of thousands of congregants, and worked with every major religious denomination in the state.