Welcome to our monthly newsletter, where we highlight some of the amazing work our volunteer teams have been up to. Read on to learn about our teams’ accomplishments, how you can join a team, and opportunities to take action!


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Fossil Fuel Resistance Team

Our team’s main action right now is working towards a fossil free Multnomah County. Buildings account for a significant portion (1/3rd!) of Oregon’s climate pollution, so it’s time we commit to only constructing buildings that are free of fossil fuels. New buildings that are hooked up to gas must be seen for what they are: new fossil fuel infrastructure that locks us into dirty and polluting energy for decades to come. Electrification is a solution that can create a just transition to homes and buildings that are safer, healthier, and more resilient, and powered by clean energy. To make this a reality, right now we’re gathering petition signatures to Multnomah County commissioners which we’ll be presenting soon! We need your help to make our numbers strong, so sign the petition today and share with your friends.

GET CONNECTED:  Our next meeting is Tuesday, September 13th from 5:30 – 7pm on Zoom. (Our team alternates between Zoom and outside, in-person meetings in NE Portland.) To RSVP to this meeting, and/or to sign up for an orientation to the team, reach out to Dineen: dineen@350pdx.org.

Defund/Divest Team

Our team follows the money, working as part of the national coalition StopTheMoneyPipeline (STMP). We call on financial institutions, insurance companies, and the government to divest from the fossil fuel industry. Most of the 350PDX Defund/Divest Team is working to Divest Oregon: Reinvest in a Fossil-Free Future, a statewide coalition we founded – now nearly 100 organizations and hundreds of individual members strong! Divest Oregon’s latest news is that we are working with legislators, unions (OEA, SEIU, AFT and others) and a broad group of  stakeholders to craft divestment legislation for the 2023 session. 

Since we released Risky Business: Oregon Treasury’s Fossil Fuel Problem, which is a good source of info about Divest Oregon’s work, we have realized that the Oregon State Treasury has invested over half of the PERS fund in private, and secret, funds. We have managed to obtain the Climate Risk Assessment commissioned by the Treasury in 2021 and, even in the heavily redacted version we received, it is clear that action needs to be taken to address climate degradation and the shift in the energy sector. We are continuing public pressure on the Treasury and developing litigation as well as legislation. If you want to be engaged in Divest Oregon, or receive Divest Oregon action and meeting announcements, join the coalition’s mailing list.

GET CONNECTED:  There are no monthly meetings of the 350PDX Defund/Divest Team at this time. But the team is still active! The Defund/Divest Team is engaged in multiple efforts to divest local educational institutions. Reach out to Jenifer (jenifer@350pdx.org) for a conversation about our team and to receive our weekly Defund/Divest team email. Click here to join the Divest Oregon team!

Forest Defense Team

The Forest Defense Team works to fight climate change by advocating for forest management practices that increase carbon sequestration and storage, decrease forestry sector carbon emissions, and improve community and ecosystem resilience in the face of the changing climate. We have two sub-teams, State Forest Policy and Urban Shade Equity, as well as engaging in many other actions to help promote healthy climate, communities and forests.
The State Forest Policy sub-team is back at its task of encouraging the Oregon Department of Forestry to adopt a more robust Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for western Oregon State Forests. Three members of the team will be heading to Salem on Sept. 7th to provide public comment to the Board of Forestry regarding the need to select the Conservation Alternative for the HCP.  We also took the lead on writing a sign-on letter for groups throughout western Oregon to join.
The Shade Equity sub-team continued developing our campaign encouraging the City of Portland to  create a plan to assume full legal and financial responsibility for street trees, and tree-related sidewalk repairs. We held a great Heat Week Pedalpalooza ride, with 40+ bikers, which received this great write up in the BikePortland Blog. We’re currently working with the Creative Team to further develop our campaign messaging.
GET CONNECTED: The next Forest Defense team meeting is on Sept. 19th at 6 pm, in person at team co-lead Felice’s SE Portland backyard.  Contact her at felice.kelly@gmail.com for meeting details. Also, this month the Forest Defense team is very excited to welcome Tyler Gilmore as a team co-lead!

TAKE ACTION: The Forest Defense team invites you to join with us and other members of the Pacific NW Forest Climate Alliance at the Deep Roots Action Camp in the Flat Country Timber Sale, Willamette National Forest, on Sept. 16-18Trainings include: organizing & participating in direct action, creating vibrant protest art, decolonization & forest defense, Know Your Rights, organizing with affinity groups, and more! For more information or if you need to borrow camping gear, reach out to: Register here.

SAVE THE DATE: Divest from Wall Street Forestry: October 6th. There will be a rally in Portland to encourage TIAA to divest from Wall Street forestry (their subsidiary Nuveen Natural Capital owns a lot of Clatsop County and forest land worldwide, and is a big clearcutter!). This is being led by our comrades at Sunrise PDX, and we want to show up and support!

City/County Watchdog Team

Over the last year, the Watchdog team successfully advocated for the City’s Charter Commission to create a subcommittee dedicated to reforms for climate and environmental justice — and NOW we’re working to shape the proposals they’ll send to voters! On August 9, Watchdog team members Jena and Indi presented to the Charter Commission’s Climate and EJ subcommittee, where they urged the commission to consider amendments to the charter that would establish:

  • environmental rights of Portlanders and assign the City as a public trustee responsibility to protect rights of residents
  • a citywide participatory budgeting process to share in developing and allocating a portion of the City budget on climate related projects
  • an ongoing Climate Assembly for Portlanders to develop mitigation and adaptation strategies for a rapidly changing climate
  • a binding commitment for Portland to phase out fossil fuels
  • consultation with tribes and Indigenous people on City legislation or policies that affect them securing prior consent prior to making changes that impact tribal land use
  • forest defense and equitable tree canopy and regreening policies to benefit Portland residents, especially those adversely impacted by present city policies

350PDX Coalition Manager Indi Namkoong testified on August 30th Charter Commission Meeting w/ Public Comment | Portland.gov (see 57:12 to begin EJ testimony). As the Climate and EJ subcommittee considers proposals over the next two months, the Watchdog team will keep working with coalition partners and testifying at Charter meetings.

GET CONNECTED: Want to learn more about charter review or get involved with the 350PDX Watchdog team? Email indi@350pdx.org  or brooke@350pdx.org .

TAKE ACTION: If you would you like to join us in advocating for changes that will transform Portland into the just and resilient city we need, please submit a comment form to the City Charter Commission using this form; and learn more about the charter review and the important phase 1 changes to Portland’s government and elections we’ll all be voting on in November here. Looking forward to working with you to push for Climate and environmental justice for all Portlanders, especially those residents most impacted by present harms to benefit towards a just transition.

Creative Team

The Creative Team has been supporting Divest Oregon in its campaign to achieve divestment of Oregon’s public funds from fossil fuels. We are also continuing to support the Gas-busters campaign’s messaging. Help us out by sharing the new 350pdx.org/methane webpage with info on the campaign and how we phase out “natural” gas in Multnomah County. Please also share around our Gas-busters video — “Natural gas in is the new lead paint“!

Next steps for the Creative Team include onboarding new core members, learning new Story Strategy tools and techniques, and creating training materials around 350PDX’s approach to Story-based Strategy for various constituents. We also started up a new Creative Team newsletter!

GET CONNECTED: Fill out this form to get on our roster and receive our newsletter!

Arts Team

In August the 350PDX Arts Team has worked on a remodel of the 350PDX Tabling efforts, learned to make drums and tambourines and practice rhythms and chants for use in rallies and marches, designed and prepared for paper mache-ing a new Mother Earth puppet, and used a group meeting for planning out our ideals and goals and how they translate into concrete actions.

Upcoming month of September: our monthly Art Build is scheduled for September 11, 1PM, at the 350PDX office space. We will work on Tabling materials, the face and body of the new Mother Earth puppet, and will rehearse our technique with our rhythm materials.

GET CONNECTED: If you’re interested in what we do on the 350PDX Arts Team, please contact 350PDX, or Donna Murphy, murph1949@aol.comOur next Arts Team meeting is the 4th Monday of the month, September 26.

SW Team

Want to become better informed and active with local community? Do you live somewhere in Portland’s greater southwest, from PSU to Beaverton, the West Hills to Lake Oswego or beyond? 350 PDX’s SW Team welcomes newcomers of all identities, ages, experience and any level of energy or curiosity you can bring!

Currently, we are still working at getting our yard signs up in yards with permission of home owners. On Sunday, 9/11, we’ll be at Hillsdale Farmer’s Market with our signs and materials. Our goal is to encourage people to take one or more steps to begin – or increase – their support of solutions to the climate emergency. We aim to combat despair and inspire hope that leads to broader participation among more of our neighbors.

GET CONNECTED: Contact emilypolanshek@msn.com to get on our email list, talk by phone or get together to learn more about our small but vibrant team! Our next meeting is on Sept. 12th on Zoom, 6:30-8:00 p.m. We meet on the second Monday of each month. At our meetings, we usually learn about an aspect of climate justice that needs our voices or presence in support or opposition. Then all who can, take action.

Washington County Team

The Washington County Team enjoyed a fantastic Vegan summer potluck meal instead of the usual Zoom meet-up August 20th – It was great to see each other in person and lots of great updates and ideas were shared. We’ll have a climate sign waving action at 11am in Hillsboro on Saturday September 10 – for details, please check our Facebook page. Our postcards campaign in support of retaining mature trees in the landscape to Washington County Commissioners and Hillsboro City councilors continues. We’re planning a new postcard writing events together in support of Postcards for Climate.

GET CONNECTED:  We always welcome newcomers to our 6:30pm second Tuesday (online) meetings and at all our events. Find our meeting and events listings on the 350PDX calendar. Email 350WashCo@gmail.com to attend. Everyone is invited to join in all of our events. Please “like” our Facebook page for updates.

In solidarity,

350PDX Staff – Anissa, Brenna, Chris, Dineen, Emily, Indi, and Julia
350PDX Board & Team Leads