MNIPL Monthly Newsletter
I became an organizer because of what I learned as a conservation biologist. Studying plants and ecosystems taught me that we are interconnected. All of us—plants, animals, humans, the air, the water—we are intertwined. What happens to one of us impacts all of us.
I knew that if I wanted to leave a just a sustainable planet to my children, I was going to have to work to change the human-made systems that were shaping our environment. And I knew that I couldn’t do it alone.
Being part of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light has been one of the greatest gifts of my life. We are a vibrant and powerful community that brings our full spiritual selves to the work of climate justice. We do amazing work together because we are grounded in different traditions, experiences, identities, and faiths, and because we are inspired by a shared commitment to one another and to the planet.
Thank you so much the energy, passion, and wisdom that each of you bring to our work together. Thank you to everyone who showed up in relationship and solidarity this year in so many ways. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and who gave of their talent to make this movement possible. Thank you to everyone who made a financial contribution, ensuring that we not only met but exceeded our 2020 fundraising goals.
I am so excited for the amazing things that we are going to accomplish together in 2021. I am profoundly grateful for each of you, and for the opportunity that we have to keep building towards transformational change.
You’ll be hearing more from me and from the MNIPL staff soon about upcoming opportunities for 2021, and in the meantime, thank you. Thank you in a million ways and in a million small ways. Thank you for everything that you do, and thank you just for being you.
Executive Director, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
Winter 2021 Connect & Act Series • January–April, online
Has it been hard for your faith or spiritual community to meet during Covid-19? We are excited to announce three virtual events, hosted by MNIPL staff, that can help your community take action on climate—even during a pandemic! All you need to do is bring your community together on Zoom between January and April for one, two or all three of these events. They include a conversation about the Line 3 pipeline; an opportunity to meet with your Congressperson on climate; and a workshop to help families take climate action from home. Click here to learn more and fill out an interest form.
Clean Cars MN: A Step Towards a Clean Transportation Future • Wednesday, Feb. 3, 7:00–8:30 pm
Join MNIPL and MN350 for a virtual conversation on Clean Cars MN. These standards are an administrative rule proposed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) that would raise vehicle emissions standards and expand consumer access to electric vehicles in our state. The MPCA recently published a draft of the rule and is gathering public comments and feedback. During this webinar, we will provide an overview of Clean Cars MN and its potential impact, answer questions, and have time for you to submit a comment in support. Click here to learn more and to RSVP for the webinar.
See more upcoming events below.
NEWS & UPDATES
MNIPL Co-Authors Report on MN Chamber of Commerce’s Efforts to Stop Climate Action
MNIPL has joined with a group of 11 environmental and climate organizations to issue a report detailing and condemning the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s work to block progress on clean energy in the state. The Chamber has allied itself to the fossil fuel industry in opposition to the stated goals of some of its most prominent members like Target, 3M, and Best Buy. We encourage you to read the report, share it on social media, and bring it to the attention of anyone you know who is associated with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce or a Chamber Member. Click here to view and download the report.
MNIPL’s 2020 Duluth COVID Community Support
Delivering food and direct aid to community partners, who in turn help families dealing with long-term or recurrent homelessness, was not what MNIPL envisioned for its 2020 Duluth focus. But it is what we felt called to do during this COVID-19 pandemic, and it embodies what’s at the heart of MNIPL’s commitment to climate action and justice. The impact of this program was an astounding $12,000 in individual and congregational donations. Throughout the year, MNIPL supported 430+ people, 8 restaurants, the Whole Foods Coop, and 4 social justice organizations. Read more about this program on our Sacred Action blog.
Volunteer Spotlight: Kristen Anderson
The Mississippi River runs through the heart of Red Wing, where Kristen grew up and currently lives, and through the University of Minnesota, where she studied political science and sustainability. It is a symbol of renewal for Kristen, especially as the urban riverfront has made a huge rebound from devastating pollution a hundred years ago due to the efforts of many people. It’s that kind of transformation that animates Kristen’s hope for the Mississippi now, her work on MNIPL’s board and the Line 3 Interfaith Team, and her efforts on the climate crisis as a whole. Read more about Kristen’s story on our Firelight blog.
Multifaith Water & Stars Grounding Guide for Line 3 Actions
Originally created for December's Water & Stars Solstice Action, this guide continues to serve as important grounding for any and all moments of solidarity and presence. As you engage in efforts to Stop Line 3, use this as an explicit time to connect to your breath and to water. Offer a spiritual intention to co-creating a web of collective energy and shared dreaming of a world where water is sacred, Native treaty rights are respected, and wealth is invested in communities and in sustainable working class jobs. Click here to access.
Our Values Flow Together
MNIPL has a special YouTube playlist with fantastic video testimonies about why people give financially — from staff member, Jayda Pounds, current board member, Kristen Anderson and incoming board member, Arif Mamdani. How do our values flow together? We'd love to learn why you support MNIPL. Please contact Liz Loeb at [email protected].
View all our upcoming events on MNIPL's online calendar.
Watch the Line: Monitor Training • Tuesday, Jan. 12, 6:00-8:00 pm
Enbridge is fast-tracking construction before Native tribes can be heard in court. Watch the Line is an effort to monitor Line 3 construction and hold Enbridge accountable. All Watch the Line MN activities will be within the law. We will monitor construction from public right of ways or public lands. You don’t have to be a technical expert. You only need to monitor and report what you see; information will go to technical experts to decide on next steps. Please RSVP to attend the training on 1/12 or to be notified of future training dates.
Join us in ongoing prayer and presence to #StopLine3
Both on the pipeline route and in the Twin Cities, groups are gathering in ongoing ways to stand against this climate destruction happening before our eyes. Plug in to action at either location:
- Visit the Welcome Water Protector Center in Palisade: Indigenous leaders have asked for our presence at this site of resistance to pray at the river every day of January and beyond. Visit the Great River Water Protector website for details on how to show up in a safe and powerful way. If you have a congregational group interested in hosting a Water Protector Gathering and providing meals for the camp, email [email protected] to organize an MNIPL and Honor the Earth host.
- Meet at the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis: This is an historically sacred site of the Dakota people. Join a growing gathering of people committed to #StopLine3 from 2-3 pm every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Meet at 6th Ave. SE, at the entrance to the bridge.
Donations to the Frontlines Support Drive are also needed. If you are near the metro, find local drop-off instructions and a current supplies list through this MN350 google doc. It’s the easiest way to get donations where they need to go across the pipeline route. If you are traveling to the Welcome Water Protector center directly, check out their specific wish list.
Climate Justice Households Webinar: Storytelling in Climate Justice with Kristel Porter • Thursday, Jan. 21, 7:00-8:00 pm
We are re-engaging in our monthly Climate Justice Household webinars with Kristel Porter, Executive Director of Minnesota Renewable Now. Her work has provided communities with resources, education, and tools to create affordable climate action plans that bring “power to the people” in North Minneapolis. Join us to learn more about Kristel’s story as well as how you can start and continue on your own Climate Justice Household journey. All are welcome. Click here to register.
Shining from Within: Ed Owens Peoples’ Movement Assembly • Sunday, Jan. 31, 1:00-3:30 pm
Join MNIPL, the Just Solar Coalition, and our community at-large to move forward solutions that combat systemic oppression and advance a just transition to renewable energy. We will honor the work of the late Ed Owens to support his community and promote climate justice. Click here to learn more and register.
100% Campaign Virtual Lobby Day • Thursday, Feb. 11, 9:00 am
The 2021 legislative session just kicked off, and this year we expect more than one 100% clean energy bill will be introduced at the Capitol. Right off the bat, we must show our legislators that thousands of everyday Minnesotans want our state to commit to a pathway toward 100% clean, equitable energy. So join MNIPL on February 11 for the 100% Campaign Virtual Lobby Day when we’ll talk directly to our legislators about our vision of an equitable clean energy future for everyone in our state. No prior lobbying experience is needed! Click here to register and invite members of your community to join us!
Be the Spark Training Begins February 4
Be the Spark is a dynamic leadership development workshop series that teaches organizing tools and strategies for engaging your community of faith in climate change solutions. You will learn how to inspire others to use their gifts and skills to take creative and sustained action in building a more just and sustainable world. Join us for the Winter 2021 training. We will meet from 6:30-8:30 pm on the following four Thursdays: February 4, 11, and 25; and March 4. Learn more and register here.
Reimagining a Different Climate Reality • Monday, Jan. 25, 7:00-9:00 pm
Led by MNIPL Movement Builder, Bill Middlecamp, this event on January 25 begins with a Climate Reality Presentation showing the current impacts of environmental destruction. Participants will then use an interactive simulation tool to imagine what our future could be through different choices in energy, food production, land-use, and consumer behavior. This online event is hosted by Interfaith Creation Care South Metro. Click here to learn more and register.
Jubilee Pathways: Healing our Relation to Land
Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and 9, 6:30-8:30 pm
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church and Church of All Nations are hosting this series of three virtual workshops. Join for a deep dive into the Bible, its history, and regenerative practices for the sake of healing our relation to land. If you are interested in learning about ways to respond to our climate crisis that are healing and regenerative for earth, self, and community, please come! This workshop will be from a Christian perspective, though people from other faith traditions are most welcome to join in. Click here to learn more and register.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIPS
Check and clean your home air filters regularly. Doing so will provide cleaner air and by keeping your air filter clean and in good condition, save up to 15% on utility costs. (source)
Do your laundry in cold water. Many of today's detergents and fabric softeners are much more efficient and don't necessarily need the hot water. Using cold water means you won't have to waste energy to start up the water heater. (source)
JOIN AN ACTION TEAM
Movement Builders: MNIPL’s core group of volunteers dedicated to building the interfaith climate movement. Members receive ongoing training and support to lead, recruit, and mentor volunteers and congregational teams as we take action on climate. Contact: Charissa Verdoorn, [email protected]
Policy Team: Work to bring a moral voice to the public debate about climate change-related policy at the federal, state, and local levels. Meetings held online every other Monday evening. Contact: Sam Benson, [email protected]
Line 3 Interfaith Response Team: Meets weekly on Monday nights to strategize and build community around direct resistance and a spiritual and moral response to the Line 3 pipeline. Contact: Joe Meinholz, [email protected]
Storytelling Team: Do you love writing, design, creative arts, or social media? Help us amplify inspiring and personal narratives and grow our impact. Contact: Liz Loeb, [email protected]