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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October Newsletter

Dear friends,

Thanks to all who took part in a powerful week of climate action Sept 20-28! Across the world, children and young adults mobilized 7.6 million peoplefor what is now the largest ever global climate protest. I felt deeply moved by our interfaith prayer circle at the Mississippi Headwaters and the Gichi Gami Gathering in Duluth (pictured above), both beautiful and bold demonstrations to protect local waters, Treaty Rights, and climate. Skip Sandman, elder from the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, made this stirring statement:

"When we raise our voices in unison, things begin to happen. The earth begins to tremble. The air vibrates because they know that we're doing the right thing."

Share your feedback from the week of action in this brief survey, and read on for local opportunities this month to build skills and grow our movement:

Climate Emergency Petition

Sign our Climate Emergency petition.
We hope to collect hundreds of signatures from the interfaith community urging Minnesota officials to declare a climate emergency and take urgent action on climate. This is a great way to build a list of people in your community who care about climate justice! The printable petition is here.

Be the Spark!

Do you want to build leadership and organizing skills to heal a broken world? If so, we invite you to join us for this dynamic and experiential training!

MNIPL is excited to partner with Minnesota EarthKeepers for two upcoming trainings in effective organizing for faith communities. Participants will learn how to invite the gifts and skills of those in their community to build a more just and sustainable world. We'll also be leading trainings in St. Peter and Duluth. Click the links below to RSVP.

Be The Spark Training in St. Peter
Gustavus Arboretum Interpretive Center
800 W College Ave, St Peter, MN
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Be the Spark/EarthKeepers Training at Christ UMC in Rochester
400 5th Ave. SW, Rochester MN
Sundays, 2-7 p.m., October 20 andNovember 3, 2019
$60 registration fee. Scholarships are available.

Be the Spark/EarthKeepers Training at Hennepin Ave UMC
511 Groveland Ave, Mpls, MN
Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. andSunday, November 10, 2-7 p.m.
$75 registration fee. Scholarships are available.

Be the Spark Training in Duluth
Saturday, November 16th 10am-3pm
Location in Duluth TBD


Contact Julia Nerbonne at [email protected] or Charissa Verdoorn at [email protected]


MNIPL Events

Community Solar Public Launch Party!

101 N 9th St, Minneapolis, MN
Sun, October 20 @ 12-1:30pm
Join MNIPL, Cooperative Energy Futures, and Community Power to celebrate the launch of Minneapolis's largest community solar garden! We’ll gather on the top deck of the 'Ramp A' building for food, stories, and a tour of the canopy. This is a chance to meet others passionate about a just transition to clean energy and honor this incredible achievement in the movement for community-owned energy.


Invest in Solar for Red Lake Nation

Join IPS Solar’s CEO Ralph Jacobson and MNIPL's Bob Blake to learn about Red Lake Tribe's exciting plans to become energy independent using solar power. This is an investment opportunity for the public to financially contribute to this mission and be paid back with interest. Investments can range from $2,000-$10,000 with a five-year payback and 2.5% interest annually. Learn more hereand come to one of our upcoming information sessions with Ralph and Bob:

Sunday, October 20 @ 6:30-8pm
Twin Cities Friends Meeting, 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul

Weds, October 23 @ 6:30-8PM
St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3121 Groveland School Rd, Wayzata

News & Updates

Stories & Media from the Climate Week of Action

From September 20-27, our community participated in a truly historic climate action week, joining more than 7 million people across the world (read this articlefor more). Here in Minnesota, thousands of people participated in strike events––at least 19 strikes, to be specific! The photo above is from the St. Paul strike, which drew more than 6000 people. View photosand videosfrom the St. Paul event.

Following the strike on September 20th, we traveled to the Mississippi Headwaters for a gathering that culminated with a Native-led interfaith prayer circle, featuring voices from the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faith traditions. Thanks to Honor the Earth and RISE Coalition for your partnership. View photos from our Mississippi Headwaters gathering here, and read this beautiful photo essayby Scott Russell from the Gichi Gami Gathering in Duluth.

Share your stories and feedback in this brief survey!


Two recent victories in the Minnesota climate movement

MPCA denies Enbridge key water quality permit
On the night before the Gichi-gami Gathering to Stop Line 3, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency denied Enbridge a key water quality permit for Line 3. This decision further delays the construction of this oil pipeline, which Minnesotans overwhelmingly oppose. Read more

Gov. Walz announces MN clean car standard
Last week, Gov. Walz signed an executive order making Minnesota the 15th state to adopt California's Clean Car Standards, which President Trump is now challenging. As transportation is the #1 source of greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota, this is a huge victory! Please call Gov. Walz’s office (651-201-3400) to say thank you, and ask him to prioritize electric and clean car accessibility in low-income communities. Read more


Clarks Grove community solar array is live! 

For a few years now, MNIPL has worked in close partnership with Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF) to expand participation in cooperative solar energy. We’re excited to announce that the 1.3 MW (megawatt) community solar garden in Clarks Grove, MN (pictured above) is fully subscribed and operational. MNIPL played a key role in this outcome and we thank the community members and staff who made this happen! Read more

Sacred Circle Liturgy – a Climate Crisis Resource

Are you interested in holding a sacred circle or worship service on the topic of the climate crisis? MNIPL community member David Weiss has developed a climate crisis liturgy in partnership with his community, designed to be used for prayerful gatherings around climate. David offered the liturgy as part of a Sacred Circle for Our Climate at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, following the climate strike on September 20th. You’ll find it here as a blog postor as a word doc. If you lead or assist with worship-planning, please check it out. If you’re concerned about the climate crisis and connected to a faith community, pass it along to those who do the worship planning.

Twin Cities Events

MRES Sustainable Home Tour
Sat, October 5 @ 10am-3pm
The MRES Sustainable Home Tour is a free, self-guided event that is open to the public. Check out the mapof locations and visit homes and buildings in the Twin Cities that feature energy-efficient design, solar energy, and more. With questions, contact [email protected]

“Paris to Pittsburgh” community screenings
Sunday, October 13; and Sunday, October 27
Live in the South Metro? Haven’t seen the inspiring “Paris to Pittsburgh” documentary yet? Here’s your chance! There are two upcoming local showings in October - see details here.

Gotta Minute? (for Silly but Serious Science About the Environment)
Monday, October 14 @ 7pm
University of Minnesota, Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall

Meet the creators of MinuteEarth and Hot Mess: UMN Regents Professor Peter Reich and his son Alex Reich. They're working to foster a love for science and better stewardship of our planet through short and engaging online science videos. Reserve your free seat hereby October 7th.

Principled Voices: Indigenous Peoples Need a Say on the Environment
Tues, October 22 @ 4:30 - 6:00pm
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Join the Chiefs of Ontario Environmental Director Kathleen Padulo for a talk at the University of Minnesota on Indigenous peoples’ rights and leadership with respect to environmental and climate change issues.

“The True Cost” documentary screening
Thurs, October 24 @ 7:00pm 
St Thomas Moore School Auditorium (enter on North side of school)
The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes. Join us for a viewing and discussion.

Northern Minnesota Events

MRES Duluth Solar Tour
Sat, October 5 @ 10am-3pm
The MRES Sustainable Home Tour is a free, self-guided event that is open to the public. Check out the mapof locations and visit homes near you that feature energy-efficient design, solar energy, solar hot water, and more.

Congregations Caring for the Earth (CCE) monthly meeting
Tuesday, October 8th, 2:15pm
Messiah Lutheran, Mountain Iron, MN

A coalition of Iron Range faith communities that work together toward a common vision of caring for creation. RSVP to Bret or Kristin Foster ([email protected]) for more information.

Harmony Community Interfaith Study Group
Thursday, October 10th, 8-9am
At Sara’s Table restaurant, Duluth.
An ongoing discussion group with with Pastor David Carlson that explores spiritual perspectives and human response within the framework of ecological crisis, and invites hopeful reflection and collaboration. Book being reviewed together is Morality and the Environmental Crisis, end discussion of book. Monthly meetings, open to all. Contact David Carlson at [email protected] to RSVP.

Paris to Pittsburgh viewing and pizza
Friday, October 11th, 6pm
UUCD, 835 W. College St., Duluth
Come join UUCD, MNIPL, and Duluth Climate Mobilization as we view together this 2019 National Geographic documentary about the climate action taking place all around us. From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. Free and open to the public, free will donations for pizza and/or veggies & desserts to share appreciated.

DCEN meeting
Tuesday, October 15th, 9-10:30am
Ecolibrium3 office, Duluth

An informal coalition of environmental and social justice groups that coordinate together in the Duluth region, and with state-wide actors, to work towards a more sustainable Duluth. RSVP to [email protected] if you are interested in attending.

CCE Field Trip to the SPRUCE Climate Change station
Friday, October 18th, 10am
43423 Spring Lake Rd, Bovey, MN 55709
Come join Congregations Caring for the Earth as they learn about the this USFS climate study location, and what the data they are collection means for the future of the northern forest. Learn more here, and contact Dawn at [email protected] to RSVP and more information.

Caring for Creation Presentation by Paul Douglas

Saturday, October 26th, 12-1:30pm
St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 501 16th St. NW, Grand Rapids
Paul Douglas, a well-known and respected meteorologist with more than 35 years of TV and radio experience, will be speaking in Grand Rapids on the need for churches to become involved in environmental concerns and the future of the Earth.  Douglas will be speaking about his recent book, Caring for Creation (the Evangelical's Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment), co-written with Mitch Hescox, leader of the Evangelical Environment Network, the largest evangelical group dedicated to creation care. For more information, contact Vicki Andrews at [email protected]
“Reawaking our Deep Ecological Health Traditions for Community
Friday, October 25, 6pm
Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth
Presented by Sam Grant, Minnesota-based educator, organizer, and facilitator who teaches at the intersections of environmental, economic and cultural justice. Part of the Culturally and Spiritually Responsive Healthcare Conference at the College of St. Scholastica, free and open to the public. For more information, registration, and a full conference schedule go to

Lake Superior Network MNIPL Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, October 29, 6:30-8:30 pm

Location TBD, Duluth
RSVP to [email protected]

Southern Minnesota Events

MRES Sustainable Home Tour
Saturday, October 5th @ 10am-3pm
The MRES Sustainable Home Tour is a free, self-guided event that is open to the public. Check out the mapof locations across the state and visit homes near you that feature energy-efficient design, solar energy, solar hot water, and more.

Energy accessibility in Minnesota and beyond
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 9am – 11am
South Central Service Cooperative
2075 Lookout Dr North Mankato, MN
Learn about the work of the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance to provide solar energy assistance to low-income families and communities as a sustainable solution to energy poverty and how you can get involved.

Citizens Utility Board (CUB) of Minnesota Meeting
Friday, November 8 @ 9-11am

South Central Service Cooperative
2075 Lookout Dr., North Mankato
The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) of Minnesota is a nonprofit advocate for Minnesota’s utility consumers. We advocate for affordable and reliable utility service and clean energy for Minnesota residents and small businesses. Join us for the November meeting.



Devon Cupery

Engagement and Development Manager
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light