MNIPL's Just Environemental Policy Team works to bring a moral voice to the public debate about climate change-related policy at the federal, state and local levels. This volunteer-led group contributes to the climate movement by augmenting the moral voice on the climate crisis.
Interested in joining the team? Email [email protected]
Vision: The MNIPL Policy team envisions a 100% renewable, equitable and sustainable future for our neighbors, our state, and our planet.
Mission: The Policy Team helps to empower and mobilize hundreds of faith communities across the state to bring their love for creation to government offices. Through active involvement in multiple state coalitions, policy volunteers help to co-develop Minnesota’s emergent strategy on climate. Volunteers then prepare educational materials and action steps for member congregations to get involved. The policy team also supports individuals and faith communities in their own interests and efforts to foster moral dialogue between citizens and decision-makers.
Just Carbon Pricing
MNIPL has been leading state efforts to consider equity in Minnesota carbon pricing legislation. Carbon pricing is considered a “free market” solution to climate change, integrating the costs of climate change into fossil fuel market. MNIPL is focusing efforts on the city-level, and volunteers are currently considering what an equitable city-level carbon tax or fee might look like. Email [email protected] to get involved.
Solar On Schools
MNIPL Policy team is supporting efforts in the 2019 state legislative session to make funds available for public school solar projects, while requiring public schools to consider the economic, environmental, and educational impacts of solar. Email [email protected] to get involved.
Current financing options for renewable energy projects typically require residents to have significant capital to meet costs up-front or high credit scores and incomes. Inclusive financing provides an alternative model that allows access for all to community-owned solar, regardless of income or credit score. Email [email protected] to get involved.
Minneapolis City Council
The Minneapolis City Council is involved with a variety of issues deeply connected to climate justice. Recently, MNIPL supported efforts to fund the development of a “blueprint” for a 100% renewable future in the city. The team is now working to organize around fair energy disclosure of costs for small businesses and residences.
In addition to independent work to bolster particular initiatives, the MNIPL policy team supports various coalition partners on the REAMP MN State Climate Table, the Just Solar Coalition, and the 100% Campaign.