MNIPL Monthly Newsletter
Have you heard the exciting news? On Monday, Governor Walz announced a plan to move Minnesota to 100% renewable electricity by 2050. Thanks to all who have been speaking out to support 100% clean, equitable energy, and thank you Governor Walz and Lt. Gov Flanagan!
Watch video responses by faith leaders in the MNIPL network: Rev. Buff Grace of Ascension Episcopal Church, Unitarian Universalist layleader Rita Chamblin, and Rev. Sarah Campbell of Mayflower Church.
To move legislation forward, it’s important that we show strong support, and saying thanks is the first step. Will you call Governor Walz to say thank you? 651-201-3400.
Read on for ways to engage your heart, mind, and spirit in the work of protecting our climate and advocating for justice:
Updates & Action Opportunities
This Saturday: Ed Owens Peoples Movement Assembly
Sat., March 9 @ 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Come gather with community to honor the work of Ed Owens to fight mass incarceration, promote climate justice reparations, and restore the vote to disenfranchised communities. Hosted by Minneapolis NAACP, Restore the Vote, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light and the Just Solar Coalition. Speakers, storytellers, artists and musicians will help us understand the structures of oppression that divide us and then we’ll come together to explore a variety of solutions. Register to attend here, and view the Facebook event.
Wednesday: Climate Hub Grand Opening Welcome Event
Weds., March 6 @ 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Gather to celebrate the launch of our new shared climate hub! We'll enjoy delicious food and connect with staff members and volunteers alike, all while learning how Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light and MN350 are building a movement towards a just clean-energy future. We'll dive into opportunities to get involved this spring. RSVP here
Clean Energy and Climate Action Day!
Weds., March 13 @ 10am - 4pm
Your voice is critical! And the time for action is now – at the capitol and back home. Engage in opportunities throughout the day to learn, share, meet with legislators, and let them know you care about immediate action on clean energy and climate change. Participate in action stations, interfaith worship, and a rally in the Capitol Rotunda to share your voice. Register and learn more.
St Paul City Council Hearing: Zero waste
Weds., March 6 @ 5:30-7:30pm
Our MNIPL St. Paul network leadership team has met several times the past few weeks and would like to share two exciting opportunities to further creation care and climate justice in the City. On March 6th, the St. Paul City Council will be holding their final vote on Sustainable To-Go containers for the city. The Zero Waste St. Paul Coalition urges folks to call their City Council persons and to show up at the hearing that evening. More details here. We are working with St. Paul Resiliency Officer Russ Stark on organizing faith based community forums to discuss St. Paul's Climate Action Plan. Please contact the Interfaith Creation Care St Paul team at [email protected] if you'd like to get involved.
Update: MNIPL Climate Justice Night SOLD OUT!
Thursday, March 28 @ 6:00 – 8:30 pm
We’re happy to report an enthusiastic response for our upcoming celebration and fundraiser, and tickets are sold out! We would like to accommodate more people but have reached the room capacity of 150. For folks who can't make it and would like to support our mission with a contribution, you can donate online here. Huge thanks to our network for supporting bold action for climate justice, and gratitude to our event sponsors. Learn more about the event here.
Environmental Ancestry Storytelling Workshops
Sat., March 16 @ 10am-4pm (Louis Alemayehu)
Hosted by cultural artists Ifrah Mansour & Louis Alemayehu. The Environmental Ancestry Storytelling Project brings communities together to discover our environmental ancestry stories, how this informs and empowers us in the present, and what our collective action will be – rooted in justice, place and the land. RSVP here.
Seeking Garden Coordinators: Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden
Do you love growing food and building community? Is your congregation interested in exploring connections between food, faith, and climate change? We would love to collaborate with you at the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden! We are seeking volunteer garden coordinators and/or congregational teams to tend this beautiful Minneapolis garden that provides food for Gandhi Mahal Restaurant. To get involved, contact [email protected].
Twin Cities Solar Bulk Buy 2019
We invite you to participate in MNIPL's metro area residential solar bulk buy! This program allows you to come together with others in your community to install on-site solar at your home, all while supporting a local installer and saving money in the process. Fill out this interest form if you are interested in participating, and with questions contact Emily Minge at [email protected]
Join the MNIPL Youth Leadership Team
This spring and summer, we’ll be talking with folks at local businesses, nonprofits, and churches to help people save energy for a healthier climate. We invite you to join our youth team to educate community members and build the movement for equitable energy and climate justice! Participating youth will build leadership skills, gain experience with energy efficiency and solar energy, and develop relationships in the climate movement. Contact [email protected] to get involved!
Faith Climate Action Week
April 5-14, 2019 (Nationwide) Join with IPL community around the country to build the interfaith movement for climate justice, April 5-14. We’re coordinating a calendar events connected with Faith Action Week and Earth day, so email [email protected] to spread the word about your events to the wider MNIPL network! Has your congregation planned an Earth Day sermon? Click here to read sample climate sermons. We look forward building a more connected and powerful interfaith movement together.
Looking for storage space. Do you have extra space in your home or basement for climate movement materials? MNIPL is looking for some storage space for pillows, artwork, and decorations. If you have some spare room, contact [email protected]
Movement Stories & News
Update: Line 3 Pipeline Interfaith Action
On February 8, faith and indigenous leaders gathered a beautiful spirit-led action at the office of Governor Walz. Together we delivered a clear moral message that Line 3 poses an unacceptable risk to water, climate, indigenous communities, and Indigenous elder Sharon Day presented a basket of hand-harvested wild rice to Walz staffers. The following Tuesday, after a groundswell of opposition from across the state, the Walz Administration refiled the Department of Commerce appeal of Enbridge’s Line 3. This was a huge first step and a definitive win for the grassroots movement to Stop Line 3! Deep gratitude to everyone who called, organized, prayed, and spoke out for this outcome. Read the MPR story here.
Several days ago, Enbridge announced a year-long delay in its expected completion date. This came in response to new permitting timelines released by the Walz administration. While the delay and appeal are positive news, Enbridge remains committed to completing the pipeline, and bold leadership to halt the project in order to protect our climate and indigenous rights is important as ever.
Members of MNIPL network meet with Duluth Mayor Larson
On January 10, MNIPL members in the Duluth area joined with local partner organizations to thank Duluth Mayor Emily Larson for her environmental leadership. At the event, the coalition called on Mayor Larson to establish of a permanent energy and conservation commission to oversee the City's carbon reduction efforts, and on March 1st, Mayor Larson announced that Duluth would be establishing such a commission. MNIPL gives great thanks to Mayor Larson, and to the City of Duluth staff, for their excellent climate leadership, and their commitment to open dialogue and citizen engagement.
Welcome Analyah, Gunther, Joshua, and Sam!
MNIPL is thrilled to welcome four amazing people to our staff team! Analyah Schlaeger dos Santos is joining MNIPL as Youth Program Coordinator, Gunther Melander and Sam Benson as Solar Outreach Coordinators, and Joshua Marzahn as Outreach & Administrative Fellow. Learn more about these wonderful folks at our staff page.
Itasca County Community Solar update
For more than two years, the grassroots Itasca Clean Energy Team in Grand Rapids has been working to plan to build a 1-megawatt community solar array. MNIPL's Bret Pence has worked in collaboration with Itasca Clean Energy Team for the last 4 years about the topic of community solar, including technical assistance in terms of sourcing grants, organizations, and individuals to advance the local initiative. Recently, electricity wholesaler Minnesota Power asserted control over the project and threatened to stop it – then offered to double its size. Read more.