Policy Action Team

Photo Credit Abigail Tuominen

Photo Credit Abigail Tuominen

Intro

The MN350 Policy Action Team (PAT) is mobilizing hundreds of volunteers across Minnesota to communicate with their legislators about climate change. We are dedicated to lifting the veil of secrecy that surrounds our legislative process by keeping Minnesotans informed and engaged so we can hold decision-makers accountable to creating a just and livable future.

PAT team meetings are held every other Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 at the MN350 office. See the Events Calendar or Weekly Action Alert for specific dates.

Why it Matters

Our representatives’ actions have far-reaching consequences on the health of our communities and the planet. It is of utmost importance that Minnesotans speak out and work with lawmakers to protect our climate and support a just transition to a clean energy economy. During the 2017 legislative session, the legislative majority rolled back environmental protections, defunded public transit, and eliminated funding for climate research. These actions were out of step with the vast majority of Minnesotans who want more wind, solar and energy efficiency. We need our elected leadership to reflect our calls for a livable future and getting them there starts with you.

Photo Credit Abigail Tuominen

Photo Credit Abigail Tuominen

Background

Our goal is to build the climate justice movement into a highly visible and influential force at the state capitol. Lawmakers recently halted progress toward climate justice by repealing the 100% renewable energy goal and hurting rural solar and energy efficiency. They also mandated the construction of a super-sized natural gas plant in Becker, MN, without allowing for potential clean and affordable energy options. These new policies aim to slow our transition to a clean energy economy and lock us into more fossil fuels that we don’t need.

The MN350 Policy Action Team stands for increasing our use of renewables and decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels, especially oil pipelines.. We know we can win if we stand together. Clean energy has overwhelming bipartisan support, and our work to enforce existing laws on pipelines has already had a big impact. With a statewide network of activated Minnesotans we can create a steady drumbeat of support for climate action at the state legislature.

Photo Credit Dennis Lee

Photo Credit Dennis Lee

What are we doing?

The Policy Action Team’s Climate Majority Project is mobilizing teams across the state to put pressure on their representatives to do better on climate. In each legislative district, a volunteer District Contact coordinates efforts with other MN350 volunteers to make sure legislators know where their constituents stand on climate and clean energy.

  • We write letters to the editor to highlight local concern for climate issues and to  communicate indirectly with lawmakers about issues that concern their constituents
  • We host in-person meetings to help build a rapport with legislators and remind them on a regular basis that climate and energy issues are important to our communities
  • During the legislative session, our staff attend hearings and meetings at the capitol nearly every day and network with other environmental groups to build collective momentum

Meet the Team

Photo Credit Rebecca Ulasich

Photo Credit Rebecca Ulasich

 

Get involved

  • PAT team meetings are held every other Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 at the MN350 office. See the Weekly Action Alert for specific dates.