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A spark to dream: Mayflower UCC
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A spark to dream: Mayflower UCC

Story written by MN350 writer, Claire Curran. A spark to dream. Creativity to overcome. Courage to inspire. That’s what the congregants of Mayflower United Church of Christ (MUCC) believe it takes to create profound justice for the earth and all its creatures. This deep commitment to justice is not a recent development. Throughout its history, Mayflower has undertaken several social justice projects including the development of Creekside Commons, a housing development that serves 30 low […]

Backyard and Downstream
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Backyard and Downstream

Story contributed by MN350 writer Claire Curran, St. Peter, MN Housesitting in St Peter, MN doesn’t sound like a great opportunity to do my part to prevent climate change. I’m under no illusions, I know the things I do every day do not compare to the policy decisions that are degrading the global climate. Yet, even in these first few weeks I am hopeful. I am hopeful that choices I make do have an impact. […]

Hope and uncertainty in a battered hometown
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Hope and uncertainty in a battered hometown

Reflections on the Duluth flooding by MN350 member Scott Travis. It’s awful tough to see the battering my hometown of Duluth took, but it’s worse to know that this time Nature was spurred on by the climate damage we’ve foolishly caused. I’m mighty proud of Duluth’s response to this mess: no fatalities, only minor injuries, no looting and people taking care of each other as best they can. Except for how much I missed my […]

The local impact of fossil fuel consumption
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The local impact of fossil fuel consumption

On June 12, a van full of MN350 members and Sierra Club staff traveled north to Bemidji to learn of the direct local impacts of the fossil fuel industry and ask experts some critical questions about the true costs of oil spills.   Several pipelines lay beneath (or rather on top of depending on where you are standing) the sandy soil of our neighbors in the north. Throughout the afternoon, Marty Cobenais of Indigenous Environmental Network, […]

A Musician, His Guitar and Freedom From Fuel
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A Musician, His Guitar and Freedom From Fuel

5,000 miles sounds like an awfully long commute, but for musicians and other professionals, traveling long distances is just part of the job.  Most musicians don’t think twice about jumping in a van, bus or airplane to play for crowds around the country.  For Paul Doffing, a local Minnesota singer/songwriter who is looking to hit the national scene, this poses a conflict of interest.  In order to promote and share his music he needs to […]

Featherstone Farms goes solar!
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Featherstone Farms goes solar!

In 2007 Featherstone Farm was nearly destroyed by flooding, something that owner Jack Hedin understood as another sign of the impacts of climate change.  In response, Jack and his family at Featherstone Farm, a 140-acre certified-organic-produce farm in Rushford, Minnesota, decided it was time to act on a long held vision of farming sustainably.   Since then, with the support of their community, they’ve added a geothermal energy source and an electric powered tractor. Now, […]

Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Dhaka, Bangladesh

  Our partners in the Bangladesh Youth Movement for Climate (BYMC) connected the dots in Dhaka with an 8′ map. As extreme weather events unfold, tens of millions of people are predicted to be displaced. In Bangladesh our partners are actively involved in the Red Cresent helping communities to adapt and cope with the impacts of extreme weather. (Sister organization to the Red Cross). Video footage above is from the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Whitewater Park
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Whitewater Park

This is a photograph of Whitewater Park in southeast Minnesota following the flood of 2007. While the amount of rain that caused this flood is estimated to occur only once every 500 to 1000 years, there have been two additional “100-year+” rain storms in the past five years in southeast Minnesota. Increased frequency of severe storms is one expected outcome from climate change. By Brian Nerbonne

A farmer’s perspective on climate change
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A farmer’s perspective on climate change

While most urbanites were in heaven with the unusual 70 and 80 degree highs in March, the fruit growers in the Upper Midwest were fearful of what would happen to all the fruit buds and blossoms that opened two to three weeks ahead of normal. And their worst fears were realized the mornings of April 10th, 11th, and 12th. Temperatures as low as 19 degrees meant starting up the irrigation to protect emerging buds in […]

Local Involvement: The Key to Change
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Local Involvement: The Key to Change

A story about Gwen and W Hall by stories writer Sherry Bronson When you think you have reached the wilderness, go 30 miles beyond. On the banks of Lake Imagination (a mowed hay field bordered by northern deciduous woodlands just outside of Palisade, MN) Gwen and W Hall care for their 60 acres of paradise. In 1981, concerned with the impending water shortage in the southwest, they quit their jobs with the Southern Pacific Railroad, […]