Nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism. Supported by readers.


Earth Day rally at state Capitol focuses on clean energy and jobs

Today’s 3 p.m. rally will include talks by Gov. Dayton, other politicians and many environmental activists, including Will Steger.

A rally at the state Capitol celebrating Earth Day is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday and will focus on clean energy and jobs.

It will be held inside, in the Capitol rotunda.

Scheduled to be there are:

  • Gov. Mark Dayton
  • U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison
  • State House Speaker Paul Thissen
  • State Sen. John Marty
  • State Rep. Melissa Hortman
  • Will Steger
  • Katie Mercer-Taylor, Youth Environmental Activists-MN
  • Rev. Mark Peters, Lutheran Coalition of Public Policy in Minnesota
  • Tim Gulden, Winona Renewable Energy, LLC
  • Javier Morillo, SEIU Local 26
  • Representatives from the Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs Coalition

 Organizers say the goals of the rally on Earth Day are to:

  • Advance clean, renewable energy by strengthening the state’s renewable energy standard to 40 percent by 2030
  • Make Minnesota a leader in solar energy by enacting a solar energy standard of 10 percent by 2030
  • Save consumers money by improving energy efficiency and making it easier to generate local power.