MNIPL Monthly Newsletter

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October 2018

Dear friends,

October is upon us. This month, we’re focusing on what it means to build a new energy economy, and there’s room for everybody to get involved.
After celebrating Indigenous People’s Day, and as elections near, this is a critical time for community engagement and collective action. Join us as we work to assure a fair price for solar, stand with youth from around the state to lift up their voices in the climate justice movement, and much more.

Action Opportunities

Tell the PUC: Bring Back the Solar Options for Communities
Date: Thursday, October 11 @ 9:30am-1:00pm
Location: 121 7th Pl E, Saint Paul, Minnesota

The Public Utilities Commission reduced the "Value of Solar" from community solar gardens in 2016, increasing barriers to community solar arrays by making many community solar projects unaffordable. For the past 2 years, they have been debating whether to create a Residential Adder -- an addition to the value of solar, which would make residential community solar options affordable for community developers.

If approved, this decision would reopen community solar gardens to residents. We need to show strong public support for this residential adder, so we need your help. Please join us Thursday, October 11th to show support for the residential adder and bring community solar back to Minnesota residents! RSVP here.

Whether or not you can make it, please SIGN THE PETITION to show your support.


Youth Be the Spark! River Trip
Date: Wednesday, Oct 17th @ 8am - 5pm
Contact[email protected]; 612-716-3336

This is MEA weekend so most students will not be in school! Meet up in Minneapolis to head to the St Croix River for a day canoeing the river, making new friends, exploring nature and learning about leadership opportunities in the climate movement! For middle and high school aged youth. Register Here. Spread the word on Facebook here.

Faithful Climate Canvassing
Help us empower our neighbors to vote with their values this election season! At each canvassing event, volunteers will gather at a hub faith community where we’ll lead a brief training before sending volunteers (in pairs) to hit the pavement. No previous experience necessary. If you or your faith community are interested in hosting a non-partisan climate justice canvas, contact [email protected]. Upcoming canvas dates:

Saturday, October 20th @ 1:30-4:30pm
St. Anne's Episcopal Church
2035 Charlton Road, Sunfish Lake, MN 55118
We will gather at 1:30pm for a brief training.

Sunday, October 21st @ 1:30-4:30pm
The Grove United Methodist Church
7465 Steepleview Rd, Woodbury, MN 55125
We will gather in the Fellowship Hall at 1:30pm for a brief training.


Our Future, Our Right: March with MN Youth for a Fossil-free Future
: Sunday, October 28 @ 1-4pm
Location: U.S. Appeals Court, 316 Robert St N, St Paul

We invite people of all ages to march with the young leaders of the Youth Climate Intervenors, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, Minnesota Can’t Wait, iMatter, the Sunrise Movement, YEA! MN, and more as we rally in solidarity with the youth suing the Federal Government for not taking action on climate change in the #TrialoftheCentury. We will meet at the Minnesota Federal Courthouse on the eve of the trial, Sunday Oct 28, for a rally and march from there to the Capitol from 1-4pm. Learn more here.



In Loving Remembrance of Ed Owens

Ed Owens was an incredible light in our movement for climate justice, and it is with great sadness that we write of his passing. Ed served as a Solar Outreach Coordinator for Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light and the Co-Chair of the St. Paul NAACP Criminal Justice and Environmental Justice Committees. He was on the Just Solar Coalition and was the recipient of a REAMP participation grant for his work doing listening sessions about climate and equity around the state. Ed brought humor and joy to every relationship, and he helped many of us to live into the commitment to link racial and economic justice with climate change. We hope you will join us in honoring Ed’s legacy. Please get ready for an amazing Just Solar People’s Movement Assembly in March of 2019. We’ll be moving beyond conversation and into deep transformation. Read our full letter honoring Ed Owens here.


Protecting the Sacred: A Gathering at the Headwaters

On September 21-23rd, 2018, about 200 water protectors, faith leaders, environmental activists and our supporting communities came together at the invitation of water protectors up North, and in collaboration with Honor the Earth and the Minnesota Council of Churches, to honor the sacred headwaters and to urge decision makers to block Line 3. On Sunday, we gathered for an indigenous-led interfaith vigil at the Mississippi Headwaters where leaders across faith traditions affirmed the sacred nature of water and our moral commitment to protecting life.

See here for a video of MNIPL Board Member and Gandhi Mahal Restaurant owner Ruhel Islam's account on the sacredness of water. For a full recount of the weekend, including words from activist Winona LaDuke and youth climate intervenor Nina Berglund, read our blog post here.


Thanks to the Sustaining Congregations who have generously contributed to support MNIPL's mission in 2018! 

Edina Community Lutheran Church, Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, Guardian Angels Church, Mayflower Community Congregational UCC, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, New Life Presbyterian Church, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Plymouth Congregational Church, Prospect Park UMC, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, The Cathedral Church of St Mark, The Grove United Methodist Church, Unitarian Church of Underwood

Through yearly financial contributions of $500-$5,000, Sustaining Congregations ensure our Be the Spark programs, Climate Conversations, and Action Teams will empower leaders and strengthen the interfaith climate movement statewide. If you're interested in becoming part of the network or have been a Sustaining Congregation in the past, we welcome you join this season and are excited to engage in partnership. Contact [email protected] to learn more and join.

Upcoming Events: Twin Cities Metro Area

Shiloh Temple Solar Tours
Come visit the groundbreaking Shiloh Temple array in North Minneapolis, learn about our just solar values & discuss how you can get involved. Schedule your custom tour today. We are happy to schedule group tours for 2-200 people. Contact [email protected] to set up a tour.

Sign up for Community Solar!
Do you live in Anoka, Blue Earth, Carver, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Steele, Waseca, or Wright County? Then you are eligible to subscribe to a cooperatively-owned community solar garden! Through this subscription you will support clean energy, be a part of a movement that gives energy users choices, support community-based solutions, and save money. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

Clean to the Core: Solar Sweet Farm Cider & The Power of Minnesota
Tue, October 9, 2018 @ 5:00-8:30pm
Red Stag Supperclub, 509 1st Avenue NE, Minneapolis
You are invited to the Minneapolis debut of the world’s first solar farm cider, paired with short films about Minnesotans who are building a more equitable & clean energy future for all of us. The film features MNIPL’s Briana Baker and Bret Pence, talking about Just Solar projects in Minnesota.

Tell the PUC: Bring Back the Solar Options for Communities!
Thursday, October 11 @ 9:30am-1:00pm
The Public Utilities Commission reduced the "Value of Solar" from community solar gardens in 2016, increasing barriers to community solar arrays by making many community solar projects unaffordable. Join us to show support for the "residential adder", an addition to the value of solar, which would make residential community solar options (including for renters!) affordable for community developers!! RSVP here

Getting to Green: Finding Common Ground Solutions
Thursday, October 11 @ 6:30-8:30pm
The Grove UMC, 7465 Steepleview Rd, Woodbury MN
The Grove UMC in Woodbury is partnering with Conservation Minnesota and the League of Women Voters to host a panel discussion exploring how citizens can take action to make environmental changes. Come at 6:30 p.m. for cookies, coffee, and conversation. The panel discussion will start at 7 p.m.

MNIPL Policy Team Kickoff
Monday, October 15 @ 4:00-5:30pm
MNIPL Office, 2104 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis
Jumpstart the new legislative session with a deep dive into the work of policy-making and grassroots organizing. We are looking for volunteers to serve a one-year term and take leadership on one MNIPL policy campaign. Initiatives might include: Just Carbon Pricing, Renewable Energy Standards, Solar on Schools, and Transportation. This team will decide the direction of MNIPL policy initiatives and help to organize grassroots involvement. Contact [email protected] to RSVP.

MRES Monthly Speaker Series
Thursday, October 18th, 2018 @ 5:30 - 7:00pm.
Mayflower Church in Minneapolis
MRES hosts a monthly speaker series to provide the community with up-to-date, relevant information. Speakers come from technical, policy, business, scientific, and advocacy backgrounds and help to address the many facets of the renewable energy movement. The speaker series meets on the third Thursday of every month from 5:30-7:00pm.

Two Degrees: A Play about Climate Change at the Guthrie
October 5 - 21st
MNIPL Outing: Sunday, October 21st @ 1:00 PM
Guthrie Theater - 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis
MNIPL invites our community to attend a play about climate change at the Guthrie: When paleoclimatologist Emma Phelps heads to Washington, D.C., she arrives on a mission to challenge some troubling shifts in environmental policy but finds herself at an intersection of the personal and political, which raises difficult questions around sex, power and doing things for profit versus public good.

Upcoming Events: Northern Minnesota

Valve Turner Necessity of Defense Trial
October 8th-11th - Clearwater County District CRT
213 Main Ave N, Bagley, MN
On October 11th, Emily, Annette, and Ben will await a verdict from a jury of their peers, in their historic necessity defense trial. Expert witnesses from across the country will come to Bagley, Minnesota to testify to the urgency of the climate crisis. Please RSVP and we’ll send out details on travel, lodging, and schedule. Learn more on Facebook.

Energy, Climate, & Health with Dr. James Hansen and Tara Houska
Tuesday, Oct 9 - Bemidji State University
Join Dr. Hansen and Tara Houska for an evening talk about climate. Dr. Hansen was formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Tara Houska is Ojibwe from Couchiching First Nation, a tribal attorney, and the Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth.

Harmony Community Interfaith Study Group
Thursday, October 11th, 8-9am
Sara’s Table restaurant, Duluth
Joins us for an ongoing discussion group that explores spiritual perspectives and human response within the framework of ecological crisis, and invites hopeful reflection and collaboration. Book being reviewed together is In Search of the Good Life: The Ethics of Globalization by Rebecca Todd Peters, pages 1-34.  Monthly meetings, open to all. Contact David Carlson ([email protected]) or Bill Mittlefehldt ([email protected]) for questions or to RSVP.

Soles to the Polls: A Get out the Vote Festival
Saturday, October 13th, 1-5pm
Denfeld High School, 4405 W. 4th Street
Join this voter education and registration celebration co-sponsored by Duluth NAACP, League of Women Voters Duluth, Churches united in Ministry, and many others.  Sample ballots, information, music, food, door prizes, children’s activities and more. For more information, go to

MN Public Utilities Commission Hearing
Thursday, October 18, 9:30am
Duluth City Hall
Come to show support of our air and climate at this upcoming hearing. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will be meeting in Duluth instead of St. Paul to hear a day’s worth of cases, one of which is a decision on Minnesota Power proposed gas plant in Superior! Public testimony is not allowed at this stage, but it’s important for us to show up and support for the recent ruling against the gas plant.

MNIPL Northern Minnesota monthly meeting
Tues, Oct 23, 6:30-8pm
Location TBA

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution and Power of Minnesota movie screenings and Green Energy Forum
Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30 – 9pm
AICHO, 202 W. 2nd Street, Duluth
Come see 2 short exciting movies about the energy transformation happening around all us, and learn how you can participate in that transformation yourself through energy efficiency and residential solar.

Upcoming Events: Southern Minnesota

Rally for Creation Care: Witness for a Sustaining, Wondrous Planet Earth
Saturday, October 13 @ 9am-2pm
Christ UMC Rochester, 400 5th Avenue SW
Come and Witness for a Sustaining, Wondrous, Planet Earth. Come and learn, share, and activate. Invite others from among our United Methodist and ecumenical neighbors to mobilize wise practices for both our personal and corporate lives.

Fall Fest in the Arb
Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Linneaus Arboretum, Gustavus Adolphus College
Join us for a fun-filled day of outdoor activities in the Linnaeus Arboretum. Explore the arboretum grounds, participate in the treasure hunt, enjoy the entertainment provided by Gusties and a magic show. There will be games, hayrides, face painting, crafts, and vendors. Food concessions will be available.

Organics Recycling - How, When, Why, and What
Tuesday, October 30, 2-4 p.m.
Children’s Museum, 224 Lamm Street
What is compostable? Where are the dumpsters? What are the steps to take to make recycling organics simple? Join the Mankato Area Lifelong Learners and Mankato Zero Waste to learn the importance of composting and see what items can be composted. $10 for non-members.

Community Movie Night: Love Thy Nature
Thursday, November 1, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
170 Good Counsel Dr, Mankato
Join Living Earth Center and the School Sisters of Notre Dame in a film showing to kick off the 2018 Earth Conference. Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature points to how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature – and takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world.


Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

In solidarity,

Alina Yaman