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Today, the Youth Climate Intervenors announced that they’re in the process of taking the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to court over the approval of the Line 3 tar sands pipeline.

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VOTE with the youth climate justice movement!

Young people are changing what's possible in this country. From the March for Our Lives, to the DREAMers, to Black Lives Matter, to #MeToo, the past few years have seen millions of young people across the nation stepping up to take action in our communities and in our political system. We need to make sure this wave of youth action rolls all the way to the voting booth, and beyond. 

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By Julia Fritz-Endres, MN350

On a bright summer morning in downtown St. Paul, there was a sense of hope in the air. The day was June 29, the fourth and final day the Public Utilities Commission would discuss the Line 3 pipeline replacement project before making their decision. They held the power to grant or deny a Certificate of a Need and Route Permit for the project.

I was newly interning with MN350, an environmental non-profit focused on fighting climate change. I had joined the “Pipeline Resistance” arm of MN350 just a few days before and was just beginning to understand the breadth of the resistance movement. For over five years, environmental advocacy groups, indigenous leaders, religious groups, and countless others have opposed the pipeline through every legal avenue available to them, building a vast network of fighters.

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Trainings are a critical part of our movement. As young organizers working toward the huge vision that is climate justice, we know that we need training to succeed. We often experience frustration, disempowerment, and confusion when we try to do our work without a baseline of theory and skills from which we can start or return. We also find it difficult to thrive in the midst of the non-profit industrial complex that perpetually suggests that competition is key to survival.

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On Monday, April 23, Administrative Law Judge Ann O’Reilly issued her recommendation to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission as to whether the Line 3 tar sands pipeline should be granted or denied the necessary permits.

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The following is a guest post from Jamie Margolin, originally published on Refinery29:

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The world’s leaders are currently meeting in Bonn, Germany to negotiate how to move forward with the Paris Climate Agreement. Meanwhile, Donald Trump has initiated a process to remove the United States from this list of countries ratifying the agreement, and his administration is actively pushing fossil fuel interests over our health and livelihoods. For multiple years now, students have refused to let their schools profit from fossil fuels while they continue to pay thousands of dollars a year for an education.

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Jordan Morgan is one of the Youth Climate Intervenors—13 young people who have been granted full status as a formal intervening party in Minnesota’s contested case permit process for Enbridge's Line 3 tar sands pipeline. Read more about the Youth Climate Intervenors here.

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Margaret Breen is one of the Youth Climate Intervenors—13 young people who have been granted full status as a formal intervening party in Minnesota’s contested case permit process for Enbridge's Line 3 tar sands pipeline. Read more about the Youth Climate Intervenors here.

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Nina Berglund is one of the Youth Climate Intervenors—13 young people who have been granted full status as a formal intervening party in Minnesota’s contested case permit process for Enbridge's Line 3 tar sands pipeline. Read more about the Youth Climate Intervenors here.

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