MNIPL Monthly Newsletter
I write with gratitude for all the ways you've showed up, spoken out, and inspired action this year. Together we're making a difference, and we applaud yesterday's news that Mayor Jacob Frey has declared a Climate Emergency for Minneapolis.
This is an important and necessary step toward significantly curbing our carbon emissions, and it's time for communities across Minnesota to join hundreds of cities worldwide that have done the same.
Read on for ways to get involved, including the nationwide climate strike tomorrow! And as always, feel free to reach out with ideas, questions, or ways we can help support your work.
December 6th Climate Strike
This Friday, December 6th, youth are calling on adults to join in the next major climate strike, as world leaders gather for climate talks at COP25 in Madrid. Across Minnesota, people will be walking out of work and school to demand urgent climate action. Bring your voice, posters, friends, and a positive spirit! See major statewide events below, and search here for an event near you.
MN Youth Climate Strike
Friday, December 06, 2019 • 3:00 PM
MN State Capital
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
St Paul, MN 55155
UMN Climate Strike
Friday, December 06, 2019 • 11:00 AM
Coffman Memorial Union
300 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Duluth Climate Strike
Friday, December 6 • 3:00 PM
Gitchi Ode Akiing Park (NEW location!)
N 2nd Ave E & East Michigan Street, Duluth, MN
Rochester Climate Strike
Friday, December 06, 2019 • 10:00 AM
Rochester City Hall
201 4th St SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Mankato Climate Strike
Friday, December 06, 2019 • 4:00 PM
In front of the intergovernmental building
10 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN 56001
Mankato, MN 56001
Live from COP25: Webinar with Kimberly Byrd
Wednesday, December 11th @ 1pm CT
Online webinar, free registration
As the COP25 climate talks unfold in Madrid, MNIPL will host UMN Professor of Sustainability and White Bear UU member Kimberly Bird for a webinar discussion live from Spain. The webinar is free and open to all, and pre-registration is required. Sign up to participate.
Community Connector Resource Webinar
Tuesday, January 7 @ 7:00 pm
Online webinar, free registration
Are you a point person in your faith community for MNIPL and climate action? Join us from the comfort of your own home on January 7 at 7:00 p.m. for our first Monthly Community Connector Resource webinar. We’ll hear from a professional in the climate field, report on plans for MNIPL Earth Day events, and discuss what’s happening with state policy and climate legislation. Register here
Interfaith Climate Justice Convergence
Sunday, January 19 @ 1-3pm
Hamline Church United Methodist
Interested in organizing for climate action in your faith community? Come to the Saint Paul Interfaith Climate Justice Convergence! Interfaith Creation Care-St. Paul invites you for an afternoon of presentations and breakout sessions to learn about how faith communities are engaging in action, connect with fellow community members, and map out plans for the future. All are welcome. Learn more
People's Movement Assembly
Saturday, February 8th @ 9:30am - 2:00pm
Episcopal Church of MN Gathering Space
1101 W Broadway Ave., Minneapolis
Join us for a day of speakers, storytelling, and music, where together we’ll work to better understand the structures of oppression that divide us and explore solutions. This will be an opportunity for people from different social justice networks to meet each other and to honor the work of Ed Owens to fight mass incarceration, promote climate justice reparations, and restore the vote to disenfranchised communities. Learn more / RSVP.
We send our enthusiastic thanks to volunteer Megan Kasparek, a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a degree in Marketing, International Business, and Sustainability. She is passionate about the climate movement and is excited to make a difference by spreading the word through social media channels. You can catch her playing soccer, cards or out on a hike in her free time!
Twin Cities Congregational Solar Bulk Buy
Are you a faith community in the Twin Cities Metro area looking to install solar on your building? Through a partnership with Minneapolis-based solar developer Sundial Energy, MNIPL is excited to offer this opportunity to support clean energy and save on your electric costs through a bulk buy. Congregations are projected to save 15-30% on electric costs with no up-front cost to you. Interested churches can apply before the end of the year in order to begin projects in April 2020. Learn how to get involved and see eligibility requirements here.
Clean Cars MN: Submit Online Comment
Thanks to all who came out to the Clean Cars MN hearings across the state. It was great to see so many of our members showing to support electric vehicle access and higher vehicle emission standards. If you still would like the chance to submit your online comment, you can email your comments to [email protected], and see a sample comment here.
Join us to Prioritize Climate 2020
The 2020 election is around the corner, and this is the year where the climate crisis must be a top priority for voters if we want to create the sweeping change needed to cut emissions 50% by 2030. Throughout the year we'll act together to build popular momentum to 'Prioritize Climate' – sharing key actions to help make climate a top election issue for Minnesotans and build a mandate for bold action in 2021.
The first opportunity is to attend your precinct caucuses on February 25 and make sure climate is a top priority for your party – mark your calendars and let us know you're planning to participate here! MNIPL will be leading trainings to help you invite family, friends, and members from your faith community--stay tuned!
Invest in Solar for Red Lake Nation
MNIPL staff member Bob Blake of Red Lake Nation has an inspiring vision for his tribe: to transition the community's fossil fuel use to 100% renewable sources of energy, distributed on a microgrid that is owned by Tribal members. Community members are invited to financially invest in this project, where your contribution will be paid back with interest. Learn more about investing in this exciting project here.
News & Updates
Gift ideas: Support local producers & businesses
One meaningful way that we can strengthen community resilience this holiday season is by supporting Minnesota artisans, businesses, and farmers. Here are some ideas for buying local in Minnesota:
- Build relationship with the folks who grow your food and support a local CSA! (community-supported agriculture). Check out the Land Stewardship Project's listing of local CSAs, and support Antonia, Maria, and Jose at Mainstreet Farmers (pictured above) by joining here.
- Visit one of the wonderful craft fairs around the state featuring local artisans
- Read the recent Buy Local Twin Cities Magazine or a similar listing for local businesses, or walk around your neighborhood and visit local shops!
Give the Max: Thank you!
We send heartfelt thanks to all who participated in our Give to the Max fundraising day! Together we raised $4,100 on November 14th, meeting our goal to surpass $25,000 in fall fundraising on that day. Every dollar makes a difference toward our mission – thanks for all the ways you contribute and take action in this movement. To make a year-end contribution, donate here.
Climate Justice Congregation Update
As we head into the close of 2019, we are amazed at the level of engagement in our new Climate Justice Congregation certificate program, with more than 40 faith communities around the state participating in the process and deepening their commitment to climate justice. Read here for more information about how to become a CJC, and join the movement of faith communities acting for climate justice!
Engagement and Development Manager
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light