October 7, 2017 Newsletter


Take Action to Support Renewable Energy

Harvey.  Irma.  Maria.  Wildfires in the West impacting air quality right here in Minnesota.  We are feeling the effects of climate change today, and too often it is the poorest and most vulnerable among us who are hurt the most.  It is now more urgent than ever to take action.  Our state already gets 20% of its electricity from clean sources and is on track to achieve a goal of 25% clean electricity by 2025, under a law signed by Tim Pawlenty.  However, this February, a bipartisan bill was authored in the Minnesota Senate by Sen. Nick Frentz and Sen. Karin Housley, and in the Minnesota House by Rep. Erin Maye Quade and Rep. Joe Schomacker to raise that goal to 50% clean energy by 2030.  But it's seen almost no movement since!  We've made it easy to write to state lawmakers and demand action on this bill.  Share, and urge your friends and family to write too!

Upcoming Events

Minnesota’s Leadership Role in Climate Change Solutions - Oct 11, 6:30pm
White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, 328 Maple Street Mahtomedi, MN
Fresh Energy and White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church

Come learn about how achingly close we are to a renewable-energy revolution, and what Minnesotans can do to power solutions. You’ll leave the forum energized and primed to help with our state’s next steps to put into place nation-leading clean energy solutions that benefit our communities and economy.

People's Rally for Justice - Oct 14, 11am - 1pm
State Capitol, St Paul, MN
The People's Justice Coalition

When the environment is threatened it's usually impoverished and marginalized communities  that are harmed the most.  When medical research produces breakthroughs that can save lives and heal those same communities are often denied the chance to benefit from them.  Careers in STEM are a promising path out of poverty, but that path is strewn with obstacles.   Join us to stand in solidarity with a coalition of organizations devoted to fighting for social justice as we work to insure that the benefits of science as a public good are justly and equitably shared.  Look for March for Science flags to join our contingent!

Clean Energy Solutions & the Changing Climate - Oct 15th, 6:30-8:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church, 115 4th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082
Fresh Energy

Learn and discuss the details of energy development across Minnesota, and the next steps to achieve large reductions in carbon emissions. You’ll leave primed and knowledgeable about clean energy solutions that benefit all Minnesotans!  RSVP preferred, but not required.

Save the Ales - Oct 17, 6pm-8pm

Red Stag Supperclub 509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN
The Sierra Club

Are you concerned about our environment and the direction our country is taking with respect to that and politics? Want to take action and raise your voice to do something about it? If the answer is yes, then you should definitely come to this social, action-packed letter-writing event! We'll compose handwritten letters about timely, relevant environmental topics, all while enjoying a beer (or another beverage of your choice). The Sierra Club will provide free appetizers, as well as all the info, materials, and support you need to write an effective letter. 

Science in Policymaking: Trends, Tensions & Themes - Oct 25, 7:30am-noon
TIES Conference Center, 1644 Larpenteur Avenue West, Falcon Heights, MN
The Environmental Initiative

Science doesn’t tell us what we should do, give us a clear-cut path forward or a single answer. Instead, science tells us what “is” or “may be.” From there, policymakers must decide how to use science—in combination with values, goals, and other factors—to make decisions. Though Minnesota has a long history of making policy rooted in scientific knowledge, many see a shift in how government weighs and uses science today, in conjunction with other sources of information. 

This forum will examine the changing nature of how science is used to inform policy decisions. Through relevant, cross-sector examples and case studies, attendees will identify and discuss ways to stay true to Minnesota’s commitment to science-based policymaking.

RSVP required, $30 for Environmental Initiative members, $60 for non-members

Staying Involved

We are continuing to build our movement and are always looking for volunteers who want to help fight for science as a public good.  Contact us at info@marchforsciencemn.org to get involved.


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