350PDX Weekly Update – Art sale in full swing!

Hi everyone,

We’re thrilled to be launching our annual end of year art sale fundraiser this week! Members of the 350PDX community have donated beautiful art pieces for the sale, and 100% of proceeds go to supporting our climate justice work. Art pieces for sale include a 350PDX yard sign, one of our sunflower umbrellas, and much more. We need your help so can continue our climate justice work in 2022 and grow our movement bigger than ever before. Purchase an art piece now through Dec 18th, and share the art sale with friends!

Are you an artist? Contribute a piece of art for the sale, now through early December! Learn more on our art sale site.

Take Action!

For quick actions like petitions, check out our Take Action PageSee here for our broader Volunteer Opportunities.

Write a Public Comment on the Clean Air Protection Program

Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)’s Clean Air Protection Program would be a critical first step towards reducing air pollution in our city. The program would draw funds from Portland’s largest sources of air pollution through a Clean Air Surcharge, generating about $2 million a year to fund key pollution reduction programs. Join us in calling on BPS to adopt the Clean Air Protection Program! Write a public comment on the program by noon on Nov 19.

Tell OPB to Drop NW Natural Sponsorship

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) has been a trusted news source in our community. That’s why it’s so surprising to hear that OPB is running sponsorship ads for NW Natural. When OPB promotes the use of fracked gas through ads that ignore harms to our communities, they lose our trust as listeners. Our public radio should not be promoting the fossil fuel industry. Join us in asking OPB to drop their NW Natural sponsorship.

Write a Public Comment on Portland’s City Charter Review by Dec 9!

The City of Portland is at a turning point. This fall, the City is undergoing a Charter Review process that could transform how we tackle key problems, from the climate crisis to racial injustice. This is a once-in-a-decade opportunity for the City to eliminate deep structural barriers that have prevented Portland from becoming the equitable, collaborative, strategic, and community-driven city it could be.

Now through Dec 9 — the City needs to hear from you. Submit a public comment on the Charter Review process by 8:00am on Thursday, Dec 9th

Join Statewide Divest Oregon Selfie Action

All through November – Join us in telling the @OregonTreasury and @TreasurerRead it’s time to #DivestOregon! They need to see that people from across the state are calling for divestment. Make your voice heard!

Tell Biden to End Finance for Fossil Fuels!

The Biden administration could decide right now to stop Wall Street funding of financing fossil fuels and deforestation, kicking the legs out from under the fossil fuel industry. We need Biden to tackle the climate crisis with the urgency it demands. Sign Rainforest Action Network’s petition telling Biden to end finance for fossil fuels and deforestation!

Take Action: We Need ODOT to Prioritize Climate, Not Freeway Expansions

ODOT has spent $5 million on communications and PR to rebrand the failed Columbia River Crossing project as the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program, but we’re not being fooled. We don’t need a massive freeway expansion. We can pursue common sense alternatives that increase transit options while lowering carbon emissions and creating new jobs. Join us in telling Metro Council to stand up to ODOT and withhold money for this freeway expansion project. Write them a message today!

Updates

The progress (and failures) of COP26

While some progress was made at COP26, the world’s climate goals still fall short. Grist documents the progresses and failures of COP26 and where we are far behind on curbing emissions, stopping finance of fossil fuels, and phasing out fossil fuel production. It remains clear that world leaders will have to do much more to tackle the climate crisis with the urgency it demands and keep global warming below catastrophic levels. Read the full article here.

‘A death sentence’: Indigenous climate activists denounce Cop26 deal

Indigenous climate activists have been making their voices heard during the COP26 season, despite the stark underrepresentation of Indigenous delegates at the conference itself. Following the conference, many Indigenous activists are saying the Glasgow deal – which created a regulated global carbon trading market – merely incentivizes countries and corporations to offset emissions, not reduce them.

“’Cop26 leaders signed an agreement that will entrench sacrificing Indigenous people … [but] failed to include real solutions to meet the climate chaos that many of our frontline Indigenous communities are facing,’ said Thomas Joseph from the Hoopa tribe, located in California. ‘The leaders pushing for market-based solutions and the commodification of our Mother Earth are signing a death sentence.’” Read the full article here.

Opportunities​​​​

Film Screening: How to Let Go of the World

Sat Nov 20, 2:00-4:00AM, online – register here

Join 350PDX’s Washington County team for a virtual film screening of How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change, followed by conversation. The film asks: what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away? Register for the screening here.

Gather in this Moment: 350PDX Climate Emotions Support Group

Sun Nov 28, 7:00-8:30pm, online – register here

Join other feeling humans like yourself who care about the planet and its inhabitants and want to live thought-fully, care-fully and joy-fully.  We’ll have time enough to get to know each other a tiny bit better, to observe our minds in quiet open awareness, and to discuss how we are taking care of ourselves during these times: what’s difficult and what’s working well.  This is but one of many tiny actions we can choose to keep us on a path to meaningful engagement with ourselves, others and this beautiful world. Register here.

350PDX Volunteer Orientation

Wed Dec 1, 6:00-7:45pm, online – register here

A great place to get started with 350PDX – hear what we’re all about, meet some cool people, and start finding your place in the climate justice movement here in Portland!

Fall Training Series – Skilling Up For Climate Action

Join these free trainings offered for all 350 groups across the country, whether you’re brand new or a longtime activist. Register and you’ll receive slides and recordings afterwards too, even if you can’t make it. More info on all the trainings here.

All trainings are Saturdays 11:00am – 1:00pm:

  • Saturday, Nov 20th – Organizing and Movement Building: Why build a movement? How to recruit, engage, and onboard new volunteers, develop volunteer leadership, and build community.
  • Saturday, Dec 4th – Strategic Campaigning: How to choose a campaign, map out decision makers, allies and opponents, plan campaign goals, timeline, and roles, and select effective tactics using a justice and equity lens.
  • Saturday, Dec 18th – Policy Advocacy: How to advocate, how legislative bodies work, and how to influence elected officials–with examples from local affiliates to demonstrate common tactics and best practices.

Portland Black Lives Matter Protests

Throughout the week @ across the city – details here

Thank you all for the work that you do, stay safe, we’re all in this together,
Brenna, Chris, Dineen, Gaby, Indi, Jana, Julia – the 350PDX staff