Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!
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North Portland Neighborhood team
350PDX is currently in the process of organizing a North Portland Neighborhood Climate Justice Team — and we’re looking for you to join! If you’re interested in being a part of a self-sustaining neighborhood-based climate justice team, please e-mail Misha or Anissa (firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com).
Meetings would be monthly (or whatever the team decides) and you’d have the empowerment of organizing for the issues the cohort chooses, and options to engage in other climate justice work in North Portland with other organizations as well! We’re currently looking for a consistent space to meet in – if you have a community space or know of one that could be donated once a month for Neighborhood Team Meetings, please e-mail Misha or Anissa (firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com) — They’d love to hear from you!
The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) is developing a strategic plan that will focus on the energy programs and issues that are most important to Oregonians. Please participate in the strategic planning survey by Friday, October 18 to share your views about energy priorities and programs in the state. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete.
Big picture message that we’re emphasizing in this survey are: Don’t waste agency resources on ANY new fossil fuel infrastructure. ODOE should dedicate its time & resources to the rapid expansion of renewable energy that benefits all Oregonians, prioritizing climate justice, equity, and a just transition. ODOE just approved a permit extension for the proposed Perennial Wind Chaser Station gas power plant in Eastern Oregon, so they need to hear from Oregonians that ending the climate crisis is our overarching priority.
A new 4 part radio documentary by local climate KBOO presenter (/climate hero) Barbara Bernstein dives into the fossil fuel fights of the Pacific Northwest and the communities fighting these projects. Check it out here.
And I highly recommend that you tune in to her regular KBOO show ‘Locus Focus‘ on Monday mornings 10am (or listen online whenever here). It’s a great resource to learn about Jordan Cove, Zenith tar sands, Kalama methanol and all the other fossil fuel projects we’re fighting against. All the previous shows are online and often feature local activists including 350PDX volunteers!
An immigrant justice solidarity opportunity – A reading and concert in support of South Texas Humanitarian Border Aide, All proceeds going to Team Brownsville & The McAllen Respite Center. Oct 20, 7pm at Dig A Pony, 736 SE Grand Ave. Tickets here.
TONIGHT Wed Oct 16, 5:30PM – 8:00PM @ Metro Regional Center, council chamber, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland
Metro is the region’s planning organization, responsible for long range land use planning and maintaining the Portland-area urban growth boundary. Metro is also responsible for planning the region’s transportation system, though it is a separate organization from TriMet, which operates most of the region’s buses and the MAX Light Rail system. Metro is currently overseeing a $652.8 million regional bond for affordable housing, passed in November 2018.
Metro is now preparing a transportation improvement measure for the November 2020 ballot. Referred to as Metro 2020, this measure will propose approximately $20 billion in funding for transportation improvements in the Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas county region. A transportation task force has been meeting to determine the corridors, programs, and projects that will receive improvements. The more people showing up to these meetings, the more scrutiny and pressure we can exert to make this a green new deal for transportation, instead of billions of dollars for fossil fuel car infrastructure! Write a letter to submit as written testimony, sign up to testify, or just show up in support. Wear red! Contact Jessie – firstname.lastname@example.org – with any questions.
Sat Oct 19, 10:00AM – 4:00PM @ Throughout NE / N Portland
Residential buildings account for almost a quarter of all energy usage in the state of Oregon, and zero energy home design is an important strategy in climate adaptation. Join Solar Oregon, Passive House Northwest, Earth Advantage, Green Hammer, and the Home Performance Council of the HBA for this finale event of Sustainable Building Week 2019. Explore a mix of new and retrofit homes and learn all the surprisingly simple, accessible, and innovate strategies that homeowners use for getting to zero. This open-house style tour from 10 am – 4 pm will feature net zero, ‘path to net zero’, and zero energy ready homes in N, NE, and SE Portland. Bike, scooter, bus, or drive between a dozen homes on a 5 mile diameter circuit through the city. Facebook event.
Sat Oct 19 and Sun Oct 20, RSVP for times @ Cathedral Park, St Johns, North Portland
Do you want to be a kayaktivist (kayak activist)? Trainings from beginners to advanced will be held this coming weekend by Mosquito Fleet at Cathedral Park. Fill in the form for details! Dust off your kayaks or borrow them from friends. They will also have some kayaks to borrow. If you can loan a kayak (but aren’t necessarily joining a training), please email Maya at email@example.com.
Mon Oct 21, 6:00PM – 8:00PM @ 350PDX, 1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland
Can you believe it’s been about 3 weeks since over 15,000 (!!) of us were in the streets at Portland’s Climate Strike? Join us next Monday for our October General Meeting, focused on reflecting the amazing climate strike we all put on, and starting to think about what’s next (*cough* Earth Day 2020 *cough* *cough*). You’ll also get a chance to find out what all our campaign teams are up to and get involved with them!
Potluck – Optional potluck 5:45PM – 6:15PM – Bring yummy shareable food, but feel free to show up without food too!
RSVP here! This is a great chance to get involved in the climate movement whether you’re completely new or have been around for a while. Come along even if you didn’t make it to the Sept 20 strike!
5:45PM – Potluck
6:15PM – Welcome, land acknowledgment
6:20PM – Deep Dive – Climate Strike reflection and Earth Day 2020
7:20PM – Announcements
7:30PM – Team tabling – your chance to chat to teams to see what they’re up to
8:00PM – Meeting is done!
Wed Oct 23, 9:00AM – 12:00PM @ Beaverton City Hall, 12725 SW Milikan Way, Beaverton
Without an independent study on climate and environmental impacts, Trimet just decided to spend millions on diesel buses that have a service life of almost 20 years instead of choosing electric busses. Board members from impacted communities were overruled. Help overturn this detrimental decision at a time when we are facing climate crisis and must move away from dirty fossil fuels. This decision can and must be reversed. Viable zero emission alternatives exist and other electric fleets are operating successfully. Please wear RED.
NE Team Special Meeting: What’s happening with the Climate Action Plan and the 100% Renewable Commitment?
Wed Oct 30, 7:00PM – 8:30PM @ Leaven Community Center (corner of NE Killingsworth and NE 20th Ave)
Come along and hear an update from our Watchdog Team, who will give a presentation to the NE 350PDX team about the relationship between the City/County Climate Action Plan and the 100% Renewable Commitment. We’ll discuss what we know of plans to lower emissions via the Climate Action Plan and to achieve 100% Renewable Energy. Additionally, we’ll outline what some other cities are doing to reach 100% Renewable Energy across sectors.
Thank you all for the work that you do, and for being part of this vast and vivacious movement,
Chris – 350PDX Volunteer & Communications Coordinator