Environmental Justice

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. We help young people confront industrial interests when they come at the expense of our health and environment. By empowering students with the skills to identify and address environmental injustice, we work to protect the people and natural beauty that define Minnesota. MPIRG stands for Environmental Justice. What do you stand for?

Phasing Out the Incinerator

When HERC was approved and built in the late 1980’s, it was assumed to be a short-term alternative to direct landfilling while better programs and capacities were developed. Today, we have the technology and information to understand - more than those involved in the original construction of HERC ever could - just how deep the impacts of incineration are and just how poorly we are doing at recovering materials. Decision makers need to reevaluate whether HERC is a necessity for an era where nearly everything being incinerated could be diverted from the waste stream into already established processes for reclaiming materials.

Stopping Tar Sands Pipelines

Canadian pipeline company Enbridge is proposing to expand the Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline across northern Minnesota and Wisconsin to 800,000 barrels per day. Approving this expansion would open the door to oil shipping on Lake Superior and increase the flow of tar sands throughout Enbridge's pipeline network across the entire Great Lakes region.

The movement against tar sands -- one of the dirtiest sources of fuel in the world -- has reached a fever pitch in the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. Enbridge's Alberta Clipper pipeline expansion is the next piece of this puzzle. Stand with us to protect the Great Lakes region we love and oppose the Alberta Clipper expansion!

40% Renewable Energy Standard for 2030

Minnesota has a coal problem. Our reliance on burning coal is choking the growth of renewable energy options, while also generating an enormous amount of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2013, nearly HALF of our state’s electricity came from burning coal -- which is also Minnesota’s top source of mercury pollution.

Minnesota has an opportunity to plan for our rapidly-approaching future energy needs, but we need to act fast. Stand with us to oppose special interests that are fighting to keep coal as Minnesota’s top energy source.

With a 40% renewable energy standard for the year 2030, Minnesota will remain a leader in renewable energy, increase self-sustainability and protect our environment.