Our mission is to build a diverse grassroots movement to address the causes of climate disruption through justice-based solutions by inspiring, training and mobilizing people to act.

Our Values

  • Centering the Frontlines – Frontline communities are those that experience the climate crisis “first and worst.” The causes (racism, systemic oppression, fossil fuel extraction, runaway capitalism, etc.) and impacts (heat islands, air/water/soil pollution, rising sea levels, wildfires, intensified storms, etc.) of the climate crisis are usually experienced by people with marginalized identities like Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color (BIPOC), poor and low-income people, LGBTQ2SIA+ people, people with disabilities, rural communities, and migrants. 

    The lived experiences, past and present, of individuals and communities on the frontlines hold the best expertise to create solutions. Those that live at the intersections of the frontlines and other marginalized identities, should be valued and be included in decision-making spaces in the climate movement and 350PDX. Historically, the mainstream environmental movement, including 350PDX, has fallen short in its efforts to center the leadership of frontline communities. Moving forward, we commit to upholding this as our most important value in our campaigns and operations as we continue to progress in the movement.

  • Radical Transparency– Often in organizing spaces and the non-profit industrial complex, leadership excludes those affected by decisions from the decision-making process. This can be used as a way to create power over others. In 350PDX’s past, we have seen a lack of transparency lead to high staff and volunteer turnover and burnt bridges. Moving forward, 350PDX will act in ways that make it easy for others to understand and engage in our work, and create collaborative and honest partnerships. Creating systems to dismantle hierarchical structures leads to more strategic campaigns, greater buy-in, and an open and inclusive movement.

  • Accountability – We hold each other and our processes accountable to our mission, vision, and values. We know we will make mistakes, and when that happens we will listen, welcome conflict and critical feedback, and turn our mistakes into learning opportunities.
    Compassion & non-violence – Act based on empathy, compassion and caring, within and outside of the organization; “Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil” (MLK Jr)
  • Rest – Fighting injustice and challenging structures of oppression is emotionally difficult work. We will need one another for the long haul, so we take care of ourselves and those around us. To ensure a resilient movement we prioritize taking rest, making space to process our emotions, and knowing when to say no, so we can be fully present when we say yes. In a capitalist society where our self-worth is defined by our capacity to put productivity above all else, taking rest is a radical act that allows us space to heal, imagine and invent.

  • Anti-Racism — We cannot fully address the climate crisis without fighting for racial justice and equity on all fronts. Racism and oppression are key pillars that uphold the extractive economy causing the climate crisis, therefore 350PDX and our climate justice campaigns can only be successful if we actively work to dismantle racial oppression and white supremacy. We recognize that anti-racism work is a lifelong journey; we take this to be core to climate justice and embed it into everything we do.

  • Creativity & Adaptability — We believe in creativity as a balm for despair. We’re flexible to the needs of the movement and the organization as times and situations rapidly change. Amidst periods of intensity, change, or urgency, we creatively adapt while remaining grounded in our values, always striving to choose the most sustainable and equitable path forward. 

These values updated November 2020.

Our Goals

Stop the bad

Fossil fuel infrastructure is halted with/through a Just Transition lens

Build the good

Local and state governments support a Just Transition

Build the movement

Grassroots activism is widespread, accessible & cool

Broaden the movement

The climate justice movement is advanced in strong coalition with social justice groups & trade unions/labor

Climate justice education

Hearts & minds educated on just transition & racial justice

Healthy, welcoming organization

An inclusive, transparent, & compassionate organization

Our Vision

We envision a future where international agreements and public policies, at all levels of government, have kept most of the known fossil fuels reserves in the ground; where, by mid-century, emissions from the burning of fossil fuels have reached zero, allowing natural processes in soils and forests to absorb excess carbon from our atmosphere, bringing it steadily down to levels safe for our children, grandchildren and all life on earth.

We envision a future with enlightened social, political and economic systems prioritizing renewable energy use and increasing energy efficiency while creating quality family-wage jobs in building a fossil-free economy; where low-income communities are no longer disproportionately suffering the effects of climate change; and where sustaining life and the needs of communities take precedence over corporate profits, leading to a healthy world with thriving and resilient communities.

Why 350?

350.org was founded in 2008 by a group of university friends along with author Bill McKibben, who wrote one of the first books on global warming for the general public, with the goal of building a global climate movement.

350PDX is a local group affiliated with 350.org (in other words, we’re friends), but we are a completely separate organization in that we make all of our own decisions, set our own campaign priorities and do all our own fundraising. We were founded in 2013.

The number 350 comes from the scientific safe upper limit of how many parts per million of carbon dioxide should be in the atmosphere (in other words, for every million particles of the oxygen, nitrogen, water vapor, etc. that make up air, a maximum of 350 particles should be carbon dioxide). Before the industrial revolution that number was roughly 270. We are currently at around 415, meaning we are overstepping this important planetary boundary and need to stop emitting greenhouse gases and bring that number back down to 350 or below as fast as possible.

350PDX is a non-discriminatory organization that seeks to support and empower all those working within a diverse and inclusive climate justice movement. For that reason we adhere to both the letter and the spirit of applicable laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic prohibited by law. We actively strive to create a space of equity and trust for all who wish to contribute to our goals and welcome those who can teach us how to do this better. Any concerns about misconduct are received and dealt with seriously.