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  • News How ‘recovery doulas’ are helping Montanans navigate addiction and parenthood, montanafreepress.org (Oct 16, 2023)
  • News Youth wins climate case against U.S. state of Montana in first-of-its-kind legal ruling, news.mongabay.com (Aug 14, 2023) — by Liz Kimbrough
  • News ‘My life and my home’: young people start to testify at historic US climate trial, The Guardian (Jun 13, 2023) — The plaintiffs note that Montana’s constitution pledges a healthy environment ‘for present and future generations’

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Montana ( ) is a state in the Mountain West subregion of the Western United States. It borders Idaho to the west, North Dakota and South Dakota to the east, Wyoming to the south, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan to the north. It is the fourth-largest state by area, the eighth-least populous state, and the third-least densely populated state. Its capital is Helena, while the most populous city is Billings. The western half of the state contains numerous mountain ranges, while the eastern half is characterized by western prairie terrain and badlands, with smaller mountain ranges found throughout the state.

Most of Montana first came under American sovereignty with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and was explored by the Lewis and Clark Expedition shortly thereafter. Fur trappers followed and were the main economic activity in the area until gold was discovered in 1852. The ensuing gold rush, along with the passage of the Homestead Acts in 1862, brought large numbers of American settlers to Montana. Rapid population growth and development culminated in statehood on November 8, 1889. Mining, particularly around Butte and Helena, would remain the state's main economic engine through the mid-20th century.

Community energy[edit | edit source]

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Solar power in Montana on rooftops could provide 28% of all electricity used in Montana from 3,200 MW of solar panels.

Net metering is available to all consumers for up to at least 10 kW generation. Excess generation is rolled over each month but is lost once each year.

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Bike paths in Montana (category)

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Garden City Harvest, Missoula

1,000 New Gardens Missoula & Bozeman on facebook

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Hiking trails in Montana (category)

Towards sustainable economies[edit | edit source]

Sustainable Business Council of Montana

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]

Montana energy data & statistics from the U.S. Department of Energy

News and comment[edit | edit source]

2017

Innovative Neighborhood Farm Adjacent to Housing Complex Increases Food Access and Grows Community, Jan 9[1]

2015

Dispatches From the Edge of Change: Why Montana's Fossil-Fuel Resistance Gives Me Hope, September 9[2]

2013

Missoula City Council passes plan to be carbon neutral by 2025,[3] January 28

News sources[edit | edit source]

  • Montana Free Press, independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit source for Montana news, information, and analysis. "Our mission is to produce in-depth public-service journalism that creates positive change and helps move society toward justice and equity."

Near you[edit | edit source]

Missoula community action

External links[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Montana

References[edit | edit source]

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Authors Phil Green
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Language English (en)
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Aliases Montana
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Created August 26, 2014 by Phil Green
Modified October 28, 2023 by Phil Green
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