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MN350 Tar Sands Team

The MN350 Tar Sands Team is a group of very engaged volunteers, all whom are committed to keeping tar sands crude oil in the ground.  Click here to learn more about tar sands and MN350′s tar sands work.
The MN350 Tar Sands Team has effectively supported our legal challenge to Enbridge; increased public awareness about the significant impact that extracting and burning Tar Sands will have on climate change as well as on our environment; and  engaged individuals and communities to join in this collective effort to stop the extraction of this dirty fossil fuel.
This dedicated group of volunteers meets weekly on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm at the MN350 office (see below) to plan and take action.  Please check the calendar as meetings are occasionally changed.  There are always more opportunities than there are volunteers, so please join us in taking action against both the expansion of Tar Sands AND the extreme extraction of any fossil fuel.  Please contact team leaders or for more information about how to get involved.  Together, we can slow down and stop the extraction of Tar Sands, all while creating the livable future we desire for ourselves and generations to come.
Next Meeting:  Thursday, March 13 at 6:30pm, 2104 Stevens Ave S, Minneapolis 55408
Additional Meetings:  Community Meeting, Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30pm.  Location TBA — this meeting will be a tar sands working meeting for upcoming event on April 3
Kathy Hollander, Volunteer Team Leader,
Andy Pearson, Midwest Tar Sands Coordinator, Staff Team Leader,

Education and Outreach Team

The MN350 Climate Education/Workshop and Community Engagement Teams have combined forces into the Education and Outreach Team.  The primary purpose of this team is to build relationships with individuals and specific groups of people in Minnesota in order to build a stronger social fabric and more effective climate movement through education, stories, one on one engagement, training and more.  This team also connects and maintains relationships internally with MN350 members throughout the state through phone calls and regular check-ins.

We do this through a variety of mediums including but not limited to event promotion, Flash Action,  involvement in community work, resource tabling, film showings, group discussions, book clubs, etc.  A sub team of the Education and Outreach Team is responsible for training both MN350 members and other Minnesotans in climate organizing tools that enable them to have a common organizing language/understanding in order to educate and inspire their communities to action.

Team Leaders:  Brian Nowak and Chuck Prentice

Political Advocacy

The MN350 Political Advocacy Team works to engage Minnesota policy makers in issues related to climate change. They work to build a relationship of trust and accountability between MN350 and our MN representatives through the stories and expertise of Minnesotans. We focus on policy at the local, national and international level.

Team Leaders:  John Schmid

Current Projects:  Supporting local campaigns to Retire Sherco Coal Plants 1 and 2, pass renewable energy legislation through Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign and Transit for Livable Communities.  At the national level we are supporting EPA regulations around carbon emissions from coal plants and more.

For other questions related to political advocacy contact:

Divestment Team


Communications Team

The MN350 Communications Team builds effective communication internally and externally. They are committed to ensuring that members have the tools to consistently and confidently talk about MN350 through stories, online organizing, social media and traditional media and campaigns.



The MN350 Fundraising Team works to raise capital resources in order to financially support a coordinator role and expenses related to the website, campaigns and capacity building. MN350 is exploring ways to fund the organization in a way that relies on our own community and hopes to model how an organization can support itself through alternative models of raising capital such as barter.

Team Leaders:  Anne Bauers and Tom McSteen
Current Projects: 45 Day Fundraising Campaign, Grant writing and Barter to Cash Network