Dragon Festival- Clean Energy and Jobs Petitioning

Dragon boat race on Lake Phalen

Dragon boat race on Lake Phalen

By Kelly Halpin

Sierra Club sponsored a booth at the Dragon Festival this past Saturday, 7/12, in St. Paul to gather petitions and gain support in favor of a Clean Energy Plan for Minnesota.  The annual festival highlights a series of dragon boat races along Lake Phalen in celebration of the Asian-Pacific ethnic community in the Twin Cities, and features a large gathering of Minnesotans in support of community development

In attendance with several other organizations, the Sierra Club North Star Chapter interacted with community members to gain support for the Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign in Minnesota.  The campaign urges Minnesotans to support public and environmental health, as well as the creation of clean energy jobs, by signing onto policies that enable Minnesota to receive at least half of its energy statewide from renewables by 2030.  The support of clean energy policies will preserve Minnesota’s waterways and green-spaces, lessen air pollution, and combat climate change while creating jobs that support the responsible transition to renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar.

Minnesota State Senator Foung Hawj stopped by the Sierra Club booth with volunteers Abebe Lemlem, Stephanie Spitzer, Rochelle Engh, and Jessica Tritsch.

Minnesota State Senator Foung Hawj stopped by the Sierra Club booth with volunteers Abebe Lemlem, Stephanie Spitzer, Rochelle Engh, and Jessica Tritsch.

The Sierra Club’s attendance at the annual Dragon Festival in St. Paul reached out to the public and gained support for increased renewable energy use in Minnesota and was a successful alignment of community engagement and outreach in favor of a clean energy plan for Minnesota’s future.

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