MNIPL Monthly Newsletter

Each month, we share a newsletter including concrete, actionable ways for you to take powerful action and opportunities to inspire and sustain our movement over the long haul. Click here to receive these monthly action alerts!
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June Newsletter 2019

Dear friends,

June is the month of the summer solstice, a celebration of life and the abundance that surrounds us. As we collaborate and move into action, it's a good time to ground ourselves in the teachings of nature.

"And then there is the butterfly, a most magical creature. The wings of the butterfly are already held inside the caterpillar, and as it breaks down its old self into goo the wings emerge ready to go. That process is amazing and teaches my that as we change and transform, we have everything we need already inside of us." ~ Micah Hobbes Frazier

Read on for updates and ways to engage in the climate justice movement, and bring friends on your journey! To change everything, we need everyone.


Thank you: Unity Iftar Block Party

Thanks to all who joined the beautiful Unity Iftar on May 25th! Our fifth annual event during Ramadan brought together more than 250 people of diverse faith and cultural backgrounds for a memorable celebration. Gratitude to the speakers, volunteers, community members, and Gandhi Mahal Restaurant for hosting the event and the delicious food!

Thank you Ruhel Islam, Ifrah Mansour, Louis Alemayehu, Muhammad Jiwa, Hafsa Islam, Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, Imam Matthew Ramadan, Minneapolis Council Member Palmisano, and Bob Blake for sharing your moving stories and poetry. View photos on facebook by Alina Yaman and Devon Cupery.

Update from the 100% Campaign 

At midnight on May 20, the Minnesota State Legislature adjourned with no resolution on most major issues, including climate and clean energy. A special session was called for Friday, May 25, but while the Governor and House strongly supported 100% clean energy by 2050, the Senate simply wouldn't budge. In the end, no substantial deal on clean energy was reached.

The Senate failed to put forward a plan to protect our climate and our future and they refused to support 100%. The only two energy policies that emerged from negotiations include provisions to improve renewable energy storage and a task force on diversity in the energy-sector workforce.

Please contact your Senator right now with this message: ‘When it comes to protecting our future, doing nothing is not an option.’

Then, can you send a quick note to Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan thanking them for pushing forward 100% clean energy this year?

Our work is not over. Thank you for doing your part, for taking responsibility, for showing up, for sharing your story, for organizing. We have been inspired by you.


Upcoming Events

We're 100% Social: Snacks, Drinks & End-of-Session Update

Monday, June 3 from 5-8pm
Lake Monster Brewing (550 Vandalia Street #160, Saint Paul)
We've done a lot of work for 100% clean energy this legislative session, so let's take a moment to celebrate and reflect on what we've made happen this session! We will have food, music, a short program and the taproom will be open and serving all of Lake Monster's delicious brews. Bring a friend--and get ready to meet new ones!


One Minnesota Unites Against Line 3

Thursday, June 6th @ 10-11am
Minnesota State Capitol, St Paul, MN

On June 6th, Minnesotans from across the state will come together at the Capitol to Stop Line 3. We’ll meet with the Walz administration to share our stories, along with signatures from thousands of Minnesotans who can't be there in person. We will stand united to let them know it's time to #StopLine3. Please join us, and RSVP to the Facebook event.

Youth Leadership Experience at the Headwaters

Monday, June 24 - Friday, June 28
Lake Itasca State Park
Departing from 4407 E. Lake St. Mon. 9am, returning Fri 3pm
We're just a few weeks away from this transformational journey, co-led by MNIPL director Julia Nerbonne and Alina Yaman. Youth in grades 7-12 are invited to participate in week full of outdoor adventure at the headwaters of the Mississippi River. We'll visit indigenous farms, meet with water protectors, and explore solar development on the Red Lake Reservation. Students will have a chance to meet with Native leaders and find their own voice in creating the world they want to see.

Register here. 10 total spots available. Apply now, and you will be "accepted" within 2 weeks. Contact: [email protected] for more information!



Youth N' Power Camp!

July 1-19, 2019; 9am-2pm
Redeemer Center for Life, 350 Logan Ave N, Minneapolis
Youth in grades 7-12 are invited to participate in a fun and dynamic summer camp where together, we will explore leadership, renewable energy, climate justice, policy engagement, and hands-on projects. Register here and contact [email protected] with questions! Learn more at:


Climate Reality Leadership Training

August 2-4, 2019
Registration Deadline June 19
This summer, The Climate Reality Project and former Vice President Al Gore will host the 42nd Climate Reality Leaderships Corps training for climate activists in Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota. The training comes at a critical time. The latest science from the highlights the growing danger of the climate crisis – and the urgency of transformative action. This intensive three-day event provides individuals ready to make a difference in our planet’s future with the tools, knowledge, and networks to mobilize communities and catalyze real climate solutions. Learn more.

Training is open to all, free of charge, and an application is required. Apply here by June 19 and include Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light as your group!

IPS Solar’s Solstice Solarbration & Community Fundraiser

Thursday, June 20 @ 6-9pm
Psycho Suzi's
Early Bird $65 (until June 1st) / General Admission $80
IPS Solar is throwing a Solstice Solarbration at Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge! Join us as we celebrate the longest day of the year and support several amazing nonprofits, including MNIPL, MN350, and Climate Generation. The evening will include a tasty family style buffet, Psycho Suzi’s famous tropical drinks, festive music, fabulous raffle prizes and an unparalleled view of the Mississippi River from Suzi’s private waterfront balcony. Get tickets


August 5-9, 2019
The Crowne Plaza AiRE, Minneapolis MN
This year the national ASES Solar conference will be hosted in Minneapolis by Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES). ASES believes that supplying 100% of America’s electricity with renewable energy is not only possible but urgently necessary. The conference represents the scientists, educators, and activists who can provide renewable energy technologies and solutions for climate action in the United States that will have an impact within the next five years. Learn more and register here.


Action Opportunities

Twin Cities Residential Solar Bulk Buy

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 with the Just Solar Coalition and saving money in the process. Fill out this interest form if you are interested in participating in the bulk buy program. Contact MNIPL’s Emily Minge at [email protected] or 612-750-7867 with questions.


MNIPL Climate Justice Congregation Program

Is your faith community interested in deepening engagement around spiritually-grounded climate action? MNIPL's new Climate Justice Congregation Certificate Program is a year-long process will help you and your community gain focus, support, and recognition to galvanize your congregation into committed action for climate justice. Open to faith communities statewide. To get started, fill out the interest form, and we'll set up a one-on-one conversation.


Greenpeace Petition to Stop Line 3

Greenpeace is working on a nationwide petition to Governor Walz to Stop Line 3. Take a minute to sign on!

Host a screening of "Pittsburgh to Paris"

Take action to support climate solutions and host a free screening of Paris To Pittsburgh today! Sign up to share this inspiring National Geographic film with your faith community and receive a free DVD here.  

Webinar: Juliana vs the United States

(The Youth Climate Suit)
June 4 @ 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT
The Security and Sustainability Forum welcomes you to the first webinar in the Faith and Climate Webinar Series with faith-based perspectives supporting the plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States, the youth climate suit. Register for the webinar here.


Northern Minnesota Events

Composting & Recycling possibilities with local Faith Communities

Monday, June 3, 7-8:30pm
Hope United Methodist Church, Duluth

WLSSD staff present to area churches about their recycling and composting programs, and how area congregations can participate. So bring your questions about recycling, plastics, and composting! Opportunities for congregational group buy purchasing for compostable materials to also be discussed. RSVP to Sally Munger at 218-728-0711.

Public Stakeholder Meeting: Decarbonizing Transportation

Thursday, June 6, 2:30-4:30pm & 6-8pm
AICHO, 202 W. 2nd Street in Duluth
Provide input to the MN Department of Transportation on Minnesota pathways to decarbonizing transportation. Register here 

MMIWR Discussion

Saturday, June 15 11am-2pm
Common Ground Coffee Bar & Deli
103 Ave C, Cloquet, MN
Come meet the Gitchigumi Scouts to open the discussion on how you can get involved, what you can do to tackle this epidemic and get active within your own community. MMIWR is more than just a hashtag - for many, it is an everyday nightmare. Come meet with at one of their favorite coffee shops in Cloquet. Learn more


Earth Harmony Interfaith Study Group

Thursday, June 13, 8-9am
At Sara’s Table Cafe, Duluth

An ongoing discussion group that explores spiritual perspectives and human response within the framework of ecological crisis, and invites hopeful reflection and collaboration, with Pastor David Carlson. Current book is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmer. Contact David Carlson ([email protected]) for questions.

MPCA Listening Session: Phase 2 on VW settlement funds

Thursday, June 13th, 4-5:30pm & 6-7:30pm
MPCA Duluth Office, 525 Lake Avenue South, Suite 400
Come voice your support for electric vehicles! In 2018, MPCA released the state’s plan for spending the $47 million allocated to Minnesota in the national Volkswagen settlement. Phase I of the plan, covering 2018-2019, is nearing completion and it’s time to start planning for Phase II. MPCA is asking for input from the public and stakeholders to develop a plan for Phase II. Tell us what you think!

The Ten Green Commandments of Laudato Si webinar

Tuesday, June 18 @ 12:15-1:45pm
Register here
Pope Frances’ second encyclical, “On Care for Our Common Home,” asks “every person living on this planet” to begin a dialogue about the the future of our world. The discussion will be a multi-faith perspective on how the religious community is responding to the climate crisis. Where is leadership coming from for this movement and how is it advancing? How can it be accelerated?

Want to watch the webinar with others? Come to MNIPL’s new office at Gloria Dei to watch together and discuss. Please RSVP to [email protected] if you are interested in attending so that we can plan on appropriate # of chairs and coffee! Bring your own lunch!

Summer Solstice Watershed Walk at the Laurentian Divide

Thursday, June 20, 5-8pm
Laurentian Divide Recreation Area and Trailhead is four miles north of Virginia, MN along the northbound lane of Highway 53/169. Sponsored by Congregations Caring for the Earth. Come join faith organizations from the Iron Range as they celebrate the solstice with an evening picnic, a guided walk to the top of Lookout Mountain, a reflection on the significance of water to us all, and a campfire with smores afterwards (BYOLC – Bring Your Own Lawn Chairs!). All are welcome!

Water is Life Festival

Sunday, July 21, 1pm-9pm
Bayfront Festival Park, 350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN
This summer, Honor the Earth is putting on a festival to celebrate the water with powerful music from Keith Secola, Chastity Brown, Maria Isa, David Huckfelt, Corey Medina & other special guests. This is a family friendly venue, with free entry for children under 10. The festival will feature a free morning parade called a Procession of the Species, then as the festival begins in the afternoon, there will be an all-day Native-led market with a local and diverse selection of unique artist wares, delicious food, and allied groups and organizations. General admission $25. Learn more and get tickets here.


Line 3 Educational Summit

June 26th, 10am – 5pm
American Legion Club in Bagley, MN
Community and faith leaders are invited to participate in a one-day Educational Summit on the Line 3 Replacement/Relocation project. Experts will present on various aspects of the project including: the historical, spiritual, and cultural connection of the Anishinaabeg to these lands known as the 1855 Treaty area; global warming and climate change; the nature of tar sands and bitumen; legal briefings and current status of the Enbridge Line 3 project; social and racial impacts in the community. An Indigenous Feast will be provided at lunch.

Southern Minnesota Events

2019 Midwest Farm Energy Conference

July 10-11, 2019
West Central Research and Outreach Center
46352 State Hwy 329, Morris MN
Join the University of Morris at their West Central Research and Outreach Center on July 10th for the 2019 Midwest Farm Energy Conference! This event will showcase efficient energy systems for dairies and cropping systems in Minnesota on July 10th, and later discuss energy conservation for swine production on July 11th. Learn more and register here.

Nobel Conference on Climate Change

Sept 24-25, 2019
Gustavus Adolphus College
Gustavus welcomes you to the upcoming Nobel Conference Climate Changed: Facing Our Future. Seven leading thinkers address climate change, inviting the audience to consider what the tools and needs for addressing global climate challenges. Bring a friend - Buy 2 get 1 free. Tickets may be ordered at the conference website or 507-933-7520. Learn more

Thanks for all you do!

Devon Cupery
Engagement & Development Manager
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light