Due to our Clean Energy and Jobs campaign efforts, the 2013 Legislature passed solar energy legislation.
Hundreds rallied at the Minnesota state capitol on Earth Day to answer Governor Dayton’s call to build a sustainable energy future for our state in support of clean energy and good jobs!
This past Tuesday YEA! MN (Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota) teamed up with MPIRG (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group) to create a youth centered lobby day at the state capitol. Tons of youth from around Minnesota, came to the event. Everyone was excited to learn about the legislative process and make a difference in our state’s environmental policy. Students learned how to lobby with their designated senators and representatives from a workshop lead by MPIRG. Then everyone divided into groups to learn more specifically about the topics on which they wanted to lobby on. The topics were the solar standard in Minnesota, the recycling refund act, Voter ID, and environmental defense of existing bills. Students met with senators and representatives in meetings MPIRG had set up. The day concluded with all the participants singing Let’s Use the Sun (to the tune of Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles) written by Shira Breen and the South High School environmental club, The Green Tigers.
YEA! MN and MPIRG youth team up to advocate for solar and other environmental policies at the MN state capitol.
With the start of 2012, I thought it would be useful to highlight the positive actions taking place right now to transition Minnesota towards clean energy.
Minnesotans spend at least $20 billion a year for energy. Most of that money goes to other states that are rich in fossil fuels and leaves Minnesota with polluted air and water. With the right policies, Minnesota’s transition to clean energy can bring those dollars home to communities throughout our state in the coming decades.
At a forum last September, speakers explained how distributed wind and solar energy differs from centralized or base energy and how the coming energy revolution can democratize the electricity system. John Farrell, Director of the Energy Self Reliant States and Communities Program at the Institute of Local Self Reliance, helped in planning and arranging the forum sponsored by Think Again Minnesota. We encourage you to watch the video!
- Lynn Hinkle, Policy Development Director Minnesota Solar Industries Association
- The Green-Blue Alliance: Solar Energy and Labor Issues in Relation to Clean Energy Development
- John Farrell, Director, Energy Self Reliant States and Communities Program Institute for Local Self Reliance
- How Distributed Wind Development Can Grow Jobs and Contribute to Economic Development in Minnesota
- George Crocker, Executive Director, North American Water Office
- The Importance of Community Organizing for Developing Distributed Renewable Energy
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