Action Alert: Tell the Legislature the time to price carbon is now

The House Energy and Environment Committee is holding a hearing on carbon pricing on Tuesday, April 14. Please join us in calling on the committee - and the rest of the legislature - to put a price on carbon THIS session. This policy would ensure a just, lasting transition toward a clean energy economy that benefits everyone.
 
The hearing will be held from 3 - 5 PM on Tuesday, April 14. Please email Page at page@oregonclimate.org if you're interested in attending, and we'll keep you updated about opportunities to testify and carpool (we're taking a bus from Portland -- everyone's welcome!). 
 
We also strongly encourage everyone to reach out to their legislators to show support for carbon pricing. You can find legislators contact information here.

Our March Newsletter

Love on Global Divest Day Downtown, at Three Campuses, and more!

Thanks to you all, we had one of the largest gatherings in the country for this event!
Many students also participated in events at PSU, Lewis & Clark, and Reed College the same week.
Read more about these events and help us increase the amazing momentum around the city, state, and internationally!
image (c) Rick Rappaport 2015

New! Arts and Events Team Forming

“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” – Emma Goldman
A new team is forming in service to the growing the climate justice movement here in Portland. Artists, musicians... Read more! 
image (c) 350PDX 2014

Hood River Pastor tells his story about why he is taking Climate Action

“Nature has a way of reminding us that it has its own rules and it’s bigger than our rules. It invites us to talk.
Boonstra, a life-long ecumenical minister, now works with the Columbia River Gorge Climate Action Network. In June 2012, John and his wife Rev. Vicky Stifter, also a pastor in Hood River, were reading Bill McKibben’s article
...Read more 
image (c) The Fig Tree 2006

Back by popular demand!: Agents of Climate Change Leadership Training 

RSVP now, Begins April 7th
Courses in Portland and Vancouver

Participants in the Climate Agent of Change Leadership Training (no cost) will learn strategies, skills, and tools to be an effective grassroots organizer in the climate movement. Be part of an intentional cohort working to inspire and support each other, build momentum locally, and take action to address climate change. RSVP by clicking here to fill out short form soon if interested- last time spots filled up fast! Questions? contact lenny@350pdx.org   About the course

Tactical Art Workshop with Justseeds Collective and Rising Tide 

Friday, March 20th, 9-5 PM
Philip Feldman Gallery and Project Space at PNCA, 511 NW Broadway, Portland

In this day-long art-make workshop, Justseeds, a radical print collective, will partner with Portland Rising Tide to create creating tactical art for direct action  Event page

Railside Community Listening Project with Portland Rising Tide and Vancouver Action Network 

Sat March 28th, 10 AM - 4:30 PM
1900 SW 4th Avenue Portland

Go door to door speaking with residents of railside neighborhoods. Our first venture will take place on Saturday March 28 from 10am-3pm followed by a debriefing from 3:30-4:30pm in Portland, OR. If you are interested in participating in the Listening Projects please RSVP to Matt Landon at vancouveractionnetwork@gmail.com. Event page // Facebook page.

Pembina Propane Proposal Hearing and Testimony 

Tues April 7th, likely 2:30 PM
1900 SW 4th Avenue Portland

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold a public hearing on Pembina's proposed propane export facility. This is a new date! The original date, March 17, is now a briefing meeting where Pembina will share new information about their project; public testimony is not allowed but we still need to pack the room with opposition! On April 7, come testify in opposition or simply show your solidarity by wearing red and being in the audience! Last time, supporters arrived early and took all of the seats, so try to arrive before 2pm. *Note* times are subject to change, please check the links as we get closer. Portland Planning and Sustainability Site  // More Info

Monthly 350PDX General Meetings! 

April 18th, 3-4 PM
Kennedy School Community Room, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland

Want to stay in touch and connect with others fighting the good fight?! Look for **monthly** General 350PDX Meetings coming soon! Every 3rd Saturday of the month, starting Saturday April 18th 3-4pm at the Kennedy School in NE Portland, followed by a social hour. More details to follow.

Change the World: Investing for a Fossil Fuel Free Future 

Thurs April 23rd, 6 PM
Ecotrust, 721 NW 9th Ave #200, Portland, OR


Hear a spirited discussion of how divesting from fossil fuels can impact policy, and the effect it has on the portfolios of individuals and institutions. Organized by Bryan Brumley, a Certified Financial Planner ® who has been taking part in the 350PDX dialogue with public officials. H
ear more from three companies with fossil fuel free funds: Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President for Calvert Investments; Jonas Kron, Senior Vice President for Trillium Asset Management; and Erin Gray, Head of Advisor Outreach & Strategy for the West Coast Operations of Green Century. Sponsored by Progressive Asset Management, 350PDX, the First Unitarian Community for Earth, and the City Club of Portland. Please RSVP here or by email Bryan at bbrumley@fwg.com.

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Fossil Fuel TERMINAL-ogy Explained

With all of the fossil fuel-related terms flying around, it’s hard to keep track! Jordan Cove, Pembina, T6, LNG, export terminal... I looked in the dictionary... Read along with Kathleen as she cracks the code of terminal-ogy!
image (c) Daniel Dancer 2011, Power Past Coal

Maya needs help with putting the newsletters together! If you like what you've been reading and you're somewhat tech-savvy, please drop me a line at submissions@350pdx.org !

We look forward to hearing from you,

Maya, Sandy, Bonnie, Adriana & the rest of the 350PDX team

Our February Newsletter

Chip in to support our ❤️ climate action!

Feb 16th Deadline: Comments for Proposed OR LNG Terminal and Pipeline

ORLNG looks at first glance to be the name of a cute, fuzzy mammal--if only it were that harmless. The acronym actually stands for Oregon Liquid Natural Gas, and it's not something we want to cuddle up with. Ever. ...Click for more info and to submit your comment!

Feb 18th Fair Trade or BusTour

Let’s Roll! The debate over “Fast Track” legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other pending trade deals -that pose a serious threat to our climate, health, jobs and more- is coming to a head right now. Several Members of Congress from the Pacific Northwest remain undecided on this critical issue and need to hear from you. Jump on the bus to bring the message to their offices! Learn more photo by OFTC 2014

350PDX Climate Justice Reading Group Starting! 

Beginning in March: Let's look at the larger dimensions of global climate change, exploring its connections to economics, race and gender. As well: climate denial, envisioning a global/local movement, takeaways for activists. Group will meet 10 times; how often will be decided at the first meeting. First reading: This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein. Please contact Sheila goldensheila6@gmail.com if you're interested.

We've outgrown our space! Can you Help?

We're searching for a permanent office/work space... Preferably on the inner east side though we will happily consider other areas, room for 2-3 desks, low-cost, and perhaps a window! Bonus if it has a shared meeting space available.

Willing to donate some temporary workspace to the climate cause this summer? We need desk space for one or two Fossil Free student interns (cool, right??) in June and July!

If you have any leads, please contact: Rand Schenck, randschenck@msn.com, 503-347-5526.
 

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE GLOBAL DIVESTMENT DAY A SUCCESS IN PORTLAND

 

Lots of great photos coming soon, but in the meantime a huge thank you to everyone who helped and who showed up and who helped get the word out:

The 350PDX Divestment Team, especially Zach Allan, Noah Weaverdyck, Joe Miller, Barbara Ellis for writing; Mary Priem for original lyrics for the Raging Grannies; Judy Perry for the wonderful banner; also Susan Gere, Mark Swartz, Kieran O'Donnell, Linda Hobbes & Arnaud Simon.

Photographers Rick Rappaport, Darvel Lloyd & JenDeVere Warner

Adriana Voss-Andreae, Rand Schenck, Alice Hardesty, Maya Jarrad, Rick Brown, Bonnie McKinlay, Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky for the sound system, Jennifer for the beautiful 'how to send to the mayor' sign, Lenny Dee, Mark Darienzo, Glenna Hayes, Dean Williams, Amy Monahan, Mave McClennan, Jyliann Calhoun, Divest PSU for marching down and adding their terrific energy to the event, and, of course, the Raging Grannies!

All our endorsers: First Unitarian Church of Portland, Community for Earth; No KXL Portland; 350 Oregon; 350 Deschutes; Portland Raging Grannies; Portland Rising Tide; Portland Jobs with Justice; Oregon Climate; Tikkun Olam (social action) Committee of P'nai Or of Portland.

Street Roots,  Portland Tribune, KBOO News and the Portland Business Journal.

Everyone who brought signs, signed a letter to the Mayor, held our heart signs, brought friends along, chanted, cheered and helped make a succesful event.

Apologies if your name (or last name) is missing

Global Divestment Day in Portland--BREAK UP WITH FOSSIL FUELS

 

This Valentine’s Day Friday come spend your lunch hour helping us tell Mayor Charlie Hales we won’t love him anymore unless he moves ahead and introduces the fossil fuel divestment resolution NOW!

 

On June 5, 2013, World Environment Day, the Mayor proclaimed, “The City must urge the Oregon State Treasurer, the Local Government Investment Pool and the Oregon Investment Council to divest of all state holdings in fossil fuel.” The next month he met with Bill McKibben and reaffirmed this commitment.


20 months later and the resolution has still not come before City Council. Instead, the City has purchased $20,000,000 in Exxon Mobile bonds.

 

Charlie, have you jilted us? Stop stringing us along! It’s time you follow through on your commitment. It’s time to BREAK UP WITH FOSSIL FUELS. Divest now!


We’ll have music, flowers and candy.

 

Write a 'love' letter to Charlie (or sign a pre-written one). We’ll take a picture of you and your letter and you can send it to the mayor!


Come start your Valentine weekend right.


Show that you want to Protect what you love and divest from fossil fuels.


This will be a peaceful gathering. Bring your loving children along.

 

Friday, February 13th, Noon to 1pm in front of the Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

 

Endorsers of Portland Global Divestment Day event (in formation)
First Unitarian Church of Portland, Community for Earth; No KXL Portland; 350 Deschutes; 350 Oregon; Portland Raging Grannies; Portland       Rising Tide; Portland Jobs with Justice; Oregon Climate; Tikkun Olam (social action) Committee of P'nai Or of Portland


RSVP

We’ll need about fifteen people to take photos, help with letters, hold up our banners and signs and other small tasks. Please email Sandy@350pdx.org to volunteer.

PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY Against the Keystone XL Pipeline

January 13, 2015, 7:00 PM
Terry Schrunk Plaza
1200 SW 3rd Ave, @ SW Madison
Portland, Info: 503-705-1943

On Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court threw out the case against the KeystoneXL pipeline---This is NOT the final decision on KXL; it just places President Obama in the forefront of the decision-making.

350.org, the Sierra Club and Rainforest Action Network, are calling for public assemblies throughout the U.S.

This is not a civil disobedient event, but a national-wide expression of pipeline opposition.

Please join us to tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline NOW.
This event is endorsed by the Climate Action Coalition: 350PDX, Portland Rising Tide, The Raging Grannies, NoKXL/Portland, Ist Unitarian Universalist/Community for Earth, and the PDX Bike Swarm.

TWO WAYS TO BE INVOLVED THIS MONTH

 
1) 350PDX "Jump start the year" general meeting, Sat Jan 17th, 3-5pm, Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark St; everyone, including new folks, are encouraged to join as we layout our plan for this year.
 
 
2) The City of Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission has announced a time change for the Public Hearing on the Propane Terminal proposal. Note the NEW times below.
 

Please speak out against the proposed Pembina Propane Terminal next Tuesday, January 13. Portland has a national reputation for sustainable energy leadership--don't let a Canadian-owned fossil fuel terminal tarnish our image.

Please join us even if you do not plan to testify.

Help us pack the room in saying "NO!" to new fossil fuel projects.

Attached is info from propane terminal opponent, the Audubon Society of Portland.

Portland was recently awarded the title of "Climate Champion" by the White House. Ironically, a corporation with roots in the Canadian tar sands, Pembina Pipeline Corporation, wants to bring explosive liquid propane by rail to Portland for export from our ports on the Columbia River.

Rally and Public Hearing on TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2015

1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, in the PSU area.
Rally starts at 1:30 AM.
Sign-in to testify begins at noon.
Public Hearing at 2:30 in Room 2500A.

Be sure to bring 12 PRINTED copies of your testimony with you on Jan. 13th.

Keep your oral comments brief—no more than 2-3 minutes per person, depending on turnout.

Tips on testimony available here. For background information, visit this site.

Wear RED to show support for a safe climate future.
**Please call 503-705-1943 with questions or if you can help at the 1:30AM Rally.
If you are unable to attend in person, you may submit written comments by email to: psc@portlandoregon.gov.
Submit comments by USPS to Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, ATTN- PSC, Portland, OR 97201.

The North Pole Is Going Green!: A New Christmas Story, in Which Santa Has an Epiphany

This piece (written by Santa and delivered by Mary DeMocker) was originally published in the journal Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and the Environment, in the Global Warming Special Issue in March 2014. Mary DeMocker is one of the co-founders and organizers of 350 Eugene. She is also a freelance writer and harp teacher.

Dear Parents:

Usually, it's your children putting pen to paper this time of year, begging me for under-the-tree delivery of all manner of bouncy, cuddly, and flashing treasures. But something's changed here in Christmas Town. Though the elves and I had hoped it might just be a few “off” years weather-wise, we can no longer deny it: The North Pole is melting. Our land of snowpeople, icicles, and eternal winter is turning . . . green.

At the same time, there's been a change in your children's requests. Their letters beseeching me for sleds, dollhouses, and, more recently, smartphones have always included heartbreakers such as, “Please, give my parents time to play with me.” But this year, I've been snowed by pleas to “Save polar bears!” and “Bring clean water,” and “Make the hurricanes stop!” Parents, your children are worried. Terrified, actually.

So I sent four snowy owls, three beige wrens, two little doves, and a partridge in a pear tree to investigate. They flew back today with a troubling report: The entire planet is heating up. Storms, droughts, and wildfires are more intense, and your kids are wondering why the adults aren't fixing things.

Per Noel by Morburre

But there was more. This was when the birds got a little shifty-eyed. They sat me down with my pipe and a stiff eggnog to break the news that, though my part is played out of love and generosity, it turns out I'm making everything worse. I—through my annual stoking of your children's desires for new possessions—am largely responsible for the consumerism driving industry to spew ever-more carbon into our atmosphere. My actions contribute to scorching temperatures, rising seas, and acidification of the oceans. To mass extinctions. Superstorms. Famine.

I'm melting my own North Pole.

Imagine being told that you're complicit in destroying—irrevocably—the homes, health, and happiness of the very children whose dreams you've dedicated your life to fulfilling. But I won't let daunting news steal the twinkle from my eye. This emergency demands action, so today I'm announcing: No more Christmas-as-usual. To realize my dream of a snowy Christmas, I'm going “green” myself. Because your children are telling me what they really want and it's not light-up sneakers or Xboxes.

They deeply yearn for only two things: Your love and a future. A future they can grow into with joyful anticipation, one characterized by kindness—to animals, grandmothers, the poor, kids orphaned by tsunamis, and those hungry in ravaged lands. Your children's boundless hearts are ready to do whatever it takes to get these two simple things. Children are never confused by politics or profits because even though they lack degrees, consultants, and immortality—or maybe because of that—they just know what's right. Their pleas are loud and clear. And I'm listening.

To slow the melting, we'll need to end our traditional system of one-way accountability. I'll still keep tabs on the Naughty and Nice, but everyone goes on the list now—me, you, and your governments and businesses. You've got some real Grinches down there who aren't just stealing candy canes; they're snatching your children's futures, happy to keep your kids madly consuming while they rake in fortunes. But with my magic and your love, dear parents, we can provide your children with what they truly need.

I'll start by reducing the volume of presents. From now on, the Nice will receive only one gift each—battery-free, Earth-friendly, and likely to fire the imagination. I'll feature recycled toys, science kits, sidewalk chalk, and “pre-owned” costumes, books, and musical instruments. There will be more off-the-couch-and-out-the-door gifts, such as fishing poles, kites, and skateboards, all wrapped in yesterday's comics or scrap fabric. And to give your kids more play time with you, I'll slip theater tickets and hiking guides into your stockings.

As for the Naughty, I'm divesting from fossil fuels, so they'll receive “Shrink Your Carbon Footprint Now!” booklets. If subtlety fails, it'll be Rudolph droppings next year—sustainably harvested, of course.

I hope this begins to address your children's fears that adults don't care enough about them or the planet. We can evolve, even we who have been around a long, long time.

Love,

Santa Claus

P.S. One more thing: I'm done giving guns.

 

Editors note: Story published with permission by the author and original publisher Oxford University Press. Citation the original piece as listed below.

 

Mary DeMocker. The North Pole Is Going Green!: A New Christmas Story, in Which Santa Has an Epiphany Interdiscip Stud Lit Environ (Winter 2014) 21 (1): 145-147 first published online March 14, 2014 doi:10.1093/isle/isu018

What if CO2 Were Pink?

 

A new, illustrated book about climate change for kids (and their adults) poses the interesting question: "What if we could SEE carbon dioxide?" Oregon author Gregg Kleiner has written the new book, which is aimed at helping kids, and their adults, start seeing the sources of CO2, then take action.

 

 

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"As a father of two kids who will live in a climate altered by my generation's excesses and emissions, I found myself lying awake nights worrying about their future, and the future of all children," Kleiner said. "After one of those long nights, I wondered what would happen if CO2 were suddenly, say, pink. And since I'm a writer, I decided to tell a story about that, because stories tap the human imagination and have the power to move people."    read more

 

 

What’s Next: Reflections from a young organizer

by Mia Reback

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I know you’ve heard a lot about the People’s Climate March already, but a collection of marchers’ interviews has been compiled and are providing me a source of hope!

 

After spending one month organizing the Portland People’s Climate March, I hopped on a plane to NYC andlanded in the temporary epicenter of global climate activism. For three weeks, New York was filled with meetings, panels, rallies, marches and other climate events.

 

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered to show they care, but they also came for the excitement; the PCM was the place to be that weekend. The march was designed to appeal to a broad audience--and it did. All over NYC, I heard people talk about the march joyously, as though it were an upcoming festival. Its open atmosphere was effective at drawing 400,000 people to march in NYC, and many hundreds of thousands more at marches around the world.

 

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Mia Reback, left, at the march.

 

I found the joy and excitement of the day symbolic of where the U.S. climate movement is. The march made it seem like the transition away from all fossil fuels and widespread deforestation will be fun and easy.It won’t be. It will be hard work that requires sacrifice, a paradigm shift, and passion strong enough to motivate us as we change the status quo. We need to embrace our collective rage and frustration at the lack of large scale government action and recent inundation of proposals for new fossil fuel projects. Moving forward, we need to look to the power of Flood Wall Street and the recent protests responding to police violence in communities of color as models for where the climate justice movement needs to go.

 

Editor’s note: If you haven’t put much thought yet into the massive public outcry in response to racialized police violence around the country, check out this captivating article titled Why Environmentalists Should Support the Black Lives Matter Protests.

 

Now, it’s two months later and I’m back on the west coast reading an analysis of interviews from the PCM. This collection, “Messages From the March,” put together by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, gives me hope for the climate movement. The passion and dedication captured in this small sample of interviews represents how strong this movement is.

 

“On a governmental level, I’m not that

hopeful. But on a personal level I think

people really can begin to make, bring the

change they want. I mean, that’s to me,

sometimes that’s the only way you can go.”

-- Messages From the March

 

It’s going to take everyone to build a society that is free from fossil fuels and resilient to climate change. As promo materials for the march said, “to change everything, we need everyone.” The PCM successfully brought together the different branches of the climate justice movement. Now, post-march, we need to deepen these connections.

 

It’s on us to take the momentum from the march back home and keep building this movement. We need people more than ever to become active in an organization or a community group. We need to get off our computers and smartphones and into living rooms, churches, cafes and city parks. Let’s connect with local campaigns against fossil fuel exports and stand in solidarity with frontline communities.

 

Editor’s note: There are many ways to plug in with 350 and our allies in the fight against the multiple proposed fossil fuel export terminals in Portland and all along the coast. Check out this campaign against a propane export site, and show up to engage with the public process via supporting a delivery of testimony on Dec 17th and coming to a public hearing on Jan 13th.

 

We need our actions to go even deeper. We need to show our leaders - and each other - that we take the threats of climate change seriously. The next time we gather en masse, I hope we can dig in and confront the root causes of climate change, so we can begin building the society we need to maintain a safe climate.

 

Alone, we are limited in our power. Together, we are changing the course of history.

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