June Newsletter


As you’ve likely heard, the Trump Administration has pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

This is a moral failure, and, we know that our role is to continue to work tirelessly for a just and livable climate for all. We’re still with Paris, and we’ll live out the commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement in our homes, congregations, communities, and beyond.

Every day we have the opportunity to build the world we want to live in.  That feels more important now than ever during this sacred time of Ramadan, a month of fasting and reflection in the Muslim tradition. We wish Ramadan Mubarak, blessed Ramadan, to our Muslim neighbors, and invite each of you into important opportunities to be in solidarity with our Muslim friends and live into our calling to be an authentically interfaith community.

Break Fast at Interfaith Iftar June 10th 8:45pm, Cedar Cultural Center

We invite you to join us for  a community Iftar, to break bread with our Muslim brothers and sisters and enjoy conversation, connection, and festive celebration. Our evening together will begin at sunset with a wonderful and poetic call to prayer (Adhan) from the roof of the Cedar Cultural Center. We are also looking for volunteers, click here to sign up.

Show your support During this sacred time of fasting, we wish our Muslim neighbors “Ramadan Mubarak” a blessed and generous Ramadan. Together we can practice hospitality and support our Muslim neighbors by proudly displaying Ramadan Mubarak lawn signs at our homes and faith community. We have a limited number of signs available: To buy a lawn sign, click here!   

During this sacred month, we hope you will live out our call to work at the intersections of climate justice and interfaith cooperation. Read on for powerful opportunities to bring to your faith community to do just that.

Action Opportunities

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Promote Your Faith Community As A Solar Champion MNIPL and the Just Solar Coalition are building support for Community Solar Gardens that are accessible to all. Your faith community can translate its climate justice values into action -- and raise funds for its own environmental efforts -- by joining our CSG initiative as a Solar Champion. Solar Champions help generate awareness among their members by sponsoring educational events and by functioning as liaisons to MNIPL’s solar team. Email Brett Benson to learn more.

Volunteer at the Interfaith Iftar. We need your help to bring our annual Interfaith Iftar to life at the 2017 Northern Spark Festival on June 10th. Volunteers are needed for set-up, serving, and clean-up. Please fill out the form below, and we’ll be in touch. Click here to sign up.

Your Comment Needed: Stop Line 3 Pipeline The Minnesota Department of Commerce is hosting 22 public meetings from June 6-22 on the potential environmental and cultural impacts of Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline that the company wants to build through the Mississippi headwaters. The only Twin Cities hearing will be in St. Paul on June 13, 2017 from 6:30-9:30 pm. Meetings are happening in St Paul, Grand Rapids, Brainerd, Bemidji and more. Click here to find the hearing nearest you.  

Recycling grants available Applications due June 15 Organizations and institutions looking to improve recycling, start organics recycling or reduce waste can get funding to purchase recycling containers, start hauling services, or improve onsite recycling infrastructure. Grants of up to $50,000 are available, and applications are due June 15. Learn more and apply.



A full calendar of events can always be found on our website.

Twin Cities

Crop Mob, June 8th, Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden, 4-6:30 pm
Want to get a hands on view of where your food comes from? Join us for an afternoon at the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden. Come get your hands dirty at a fun evening in the garden!

Interfaith Iftar June 10th 8:45pm, Cedar Cultural Center Screen Shot 2017-05-25 at 10.56.26 AM.png

Our evening together will begin at sunset with a wonderful and poetic call to prayer (Adhan) from the roof of the Cedar Cultural Center. The Call to Prayer will be followed by a full meal from local, Muslim owned restaurant, Gandhi Mahal. Limited tickets will be available, first come, first served. Reserve your ticket today. You are invited to fast in solidarity, if you feel so moved. Click here for more resources on fasting.  Then, at 10pm, all are welcome to sample treats from local business engage in a storytelling circle that will focus on each of our Environmental Ancestry. Enjoy inspiring words from Muslim religious leaders, and participate in a community art project. For this portion of the evening, no reservation is needed.


Open Garden Night
Sunday, June 11th, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden

Join us for the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden's first Open Garden Night of the season! Open Garden Nights are an intentionally welcoming, open space for our community to gather.  Join us for live acoustic music happens, light refreshments, informal garden tours, and good conversation. RSVP and invite friends! And save the date for future open garden nights: June 11th, June 25th, July 9th, July 23rd, August 13th, August 27th, September 10th, September 24th.

Birchwood Dine Out Night Fundraiser
Thursday, June 15th, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Birchwood Cafe
Dine out and do good! We are partnering with Birchwood Cafe and the BOOST program. Birchwood is donating 35% of their proceeds from dinner on Thursday, June 15 directly to MN350 and MNIPL as we work to build the climate justice movement. Join us for real good food that supports powerful climate action!


Hope Beyond Paris: Urgent Community Gathering

Tuesday June 20th 7pm, location TBD

Our work on the ground is more important than ever, come share your stories of our powerful climate movement and strategies to move forward powerfully. We the people are still in the Paris climate deal even if our administration isn't. Join us to get plugged into effective action opportunities. RSVP & Invite friends to join us!

Chuck Dayton Gallery Show and Presentation

Wednesday, June 28th, 5 pm Birchwood Cafe

Join former MNIPL Board Member, and MN Environmental Champion Chuck Dayton at a Gallery Show of his photography from a recent trip to Antarctica. We will have an open house starting at 5:00pm, with a short presentation on his adventures at 6:00 pm. You don't want to miss this fun evening and truly stunning photography!

Arrowhead Regional Network

Arrowhead Network Leadership Meeting, Join as we strategize and plan our spring campaigns to take action on climate change. Contact for more info and save the date for our upcoming meeting June 27th.

Reception and screening of “First Daughter and the Black Snake.”  

Thursday, June 1st, Zeitgeist Atrium, 222 E. Superior St.  Reception 7:00pm, screening at 8:00pm.  Highlights Winona LaDuke's efforts to keep crude oil pipelines out of her Ojibwe communities sacred wild rice lakes.  The screenings are free but you may buy a "badge" or "all-access pass" to guarantee yourself a seat - click here for ticket information.  Sponsored by Honor the Earth, see their website.

AICHO/MNIPL Solar Project showing

Friday, June 2 (Tentative), 3:00PM, Gimaajii American Indian Center

Arrowhead Network of MNIPL has started a capital campaign to assist AICHO in installing a solar array on their roof this year.  Come learn about the mission of AICHO, a tour of their facility, and find out how this project impacts their ability to serve and our vision of how solar can assist in promoting social justice.  Please RSVP Bret Pence at 218-343-2527 or  For more information about the project or to donate click here.

MNPower Proposed Rate Hike Presentation & Utility Bill Clinic

Tuesday, June 6th Holy Family Church, 2430 W Third Street Duluth, MN  

Join Citizens Utility Board and Citizen’s Federation staff as they explain the issues surrounding the proposed rate hike by Minnesota Power, and how you can participate in the public evaluation process, presentations from 1-2:30pm and 7-8:30pm. Individual utility bill counseling also available from 3-6pm, RSVP strongly recommended, please call Carmen Carruthers, Citizens Utility Board Outreach Director, at 612-568-5706 to reserve your place.  Sponsored by Citizens Utility Board, Citizens Federation Northeast, and MNIPL  Additional information here.

EPA Open House and 50th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, June 7th 12-7pm, EPA bldg., 6201 Congdon Blvd.  

Come meet the scientists of the Mid-Continent Ecology division and participate in tours of the laboratory, hands-on science activities, and a rededication ceremony.

Screening of “From the Ashes”

Tuesday, June 13th, 6:30pm, Zeitgeist Arts, 222 E Superior St   

A compelling look at the lives and issues behind the “war on coal,” From The Ashes premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and will air globally on National Geographic this summer.  Free admission, donations accepted.  Sponsored by the Sierra Club, North Star Chapter.  For more information click here.


MN PUC Hearing on MN Power’s proposed electricity rate hike

Tuesday, June 20th, 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm, Inn on Lake Superior, 350 Canal Park Drive, Duluth, MN  

The PUC is accepting comments on Minnesota Power’s service, rates, and other issues. Let them know what you think! This will help them decide how to rule on the utility’s general rate increase.  For more information, click here.

Programs for Your Faith Community

All in the Circle: Creative Arts & Nature Camps
We are delighted to announce three different All in the Circle Camp experiences for Summer 2017. This summer we are offering a Family Camp Experience, Middle & High School overnight experience, and All in the Circle Nature Camp for 1-6 graders, Council of the Wild Forest.  Register your family for this unforgettable summer experience!Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 3.50.26 PM.png

Want to spread this transformative model? Host a screening of our All in the Circle Documentary in your community. Register your interest here and we will be in touch with you to set up a time!

Volunteer in July at the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden
Are you a youth director at your faith community looking for a summer service project in July or August? Are you curious about digging into the connections between food justice, faith, and climate change? Sign up yourself or a group from your faith community to volunteer at the garden this summer by filling out this form. All kinds of wonderful things are growing at the garden, including ducks! Learn more by watching our video, Growing Together.

Just B Solar Camp: Back by popular demand, and through a generous grant from the First Universalist Foundation, we are teaming up with solar installer Keith Dent to offer a second year of Just B Solar camps. We are thrilled to be connecting kids to the exciting world of solar, and the brilliant electricians and installers that bring solar energy to life. This year we’ll be at Breck School on June 19th-30th and then back in North Minneapolis July 17th-21st. Interested in supporting a camper to attend camp? Please email

Youth Leadership Team
We have an exciting year planned and would love for your youth to join us as we bring climate action to other faith communities and engage their youth. We are also launching a Youth Internship Program to support youth in organizing powerful action in their faith community. Email if you’re interested in engaging your youth in climate action.

Volunteer with MNIPL
Everyone has an important role to play in building the climate movement. What’s yours? Join one of our volunteer-led action teams, help build our legislative response team, support campers at All in the Circle Creative Arts & Nature Camp, or help out in the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden. The possibilities are endless. Fill out this quick form and we’ll be in touch to find the right volunteer role for you!