Thanks to contributor Lucy Kennedy for this post. Her commitment to environmental issues makes CD2 proud!
On Wednesday, May 2nd citizens from around the state gathered at the Capitol to reach out to legislators to protect Minnesota’s waters. Representing more than 20 environmental groups, these citizen activists, many of them young students, lobbied lawmakers to advocate for bills which will strengthen protections for all of Minnesota’s ground and surface water and to urge them to vote against bills which would enable Tar Sands pipeline expansion, jeopardize wild rice, allow agricultural chemical run-off to enter waterways, and promote sulfide mining near the Boundary Waters. The Action Day concluded with a rally in the rotunda, which was packed with supporters, including members of the legislature. Three students from the Youth Climate Justice Summit who previously had met with Governor Dayton spoke about the need to defeat the “Guilt by Association” anti-protest bill in order to preserve our right to demonstrate against corporate takeover of our natural resources, including our drinking water. Winona LaDuke of Honor the Earth reiterated forcefully and clearly that Line 3 will not be built across Native lands. She spoke about the need to safeguard “the last scraps” of natural wetlands remaining in the proposed route of Line 3. The day of action culminated in a circle dance in front of the Capitol; all participants from the day were graciously invited to join the circle and move together to the singing and drumming.
Please visit these websites to find an organization where you can get involved to help protect our water!
www.honortheearth.org (Honor the Earth)
www.mncenter.org (Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy)
www.fmr.org (Friends of the Mississippi River)
https://landstewardshipproject.org (Land Stewardship Project)
https://www.sierraclub.org>minnesota (North Star Chapter of the Sierra Club)
www.friends-bwac.org (Friends of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area)
Please call your legislators and ask them to vote NO on all bills containing anti-protest language. Thanks!