Take Action Now

Here are the most effective quick actions you can take right now to fight for climate justice. Want to get more involved?

Deadline: ASAP

Take Action: Write a Public Comment on the Clean Air Protection Program

Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) released a draft proposal for a Clean Air Protection Program. The program would draw funds from Portland’s largest sources of air pollution, generating roughly $2 million a year. These funds would be reinvested in pollution reduction programs to:

  • Improve local air quality
  • Decrease the public health impacts from exposure to local air pollution
  • Increase community education about those impacts
  • Support community-based solutions such as good neighbor agreements

This program would also support a Clean Air Grant Fund to assist communities and businesses in reducing air toxics emissions of preventing exposure to toxics. An advisory committee of Portland community members and air quality experts would work with program staff to reduce air pollution exposure, focusing on the communities and geographic areas most impacted by air pollution.

The most significant air toxics concerns in Oregon are in Multnomah County. Communities of color and low-income communities face the greatest health impacts from these toxics, including respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disease, developmental impacts and nerve damage. The Clean Air Protection Program would be a critical step in addressing air pollution and environmental racism in our communities.

Write a public comment telling BPS to adopt the Clean Air Protection Program by noon on Nov 19!

Deadline: ASAP

Take Action: Fossil fuel ads don’t belong on public radio

The gas industry has a long history of trying to convince us that so-called “natural” gas is a beneficial part of daily life, and a “green” alternative to other fossil fuels. But we know the truth: fracked gas is still a main driver of the climate crisis and dangerous for our health and safety.

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) has been a trusted news source in our community. They’ve acknowledged that fracked gas is a triple threat: harming communities at the site of production, releasing toxic pollutants in our homes, and accelerating the climate crisis. According to OPB’s own reporting, fracked gas is Oregon’s “​​second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions,” being primarily methane – a fossil fuel 80 times more potent than CO2. With the climate crisis at our doorstep, the gas industry is already directly impacting the health and safety of Oregonians.

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.

OPB already refuses to accept donations from tobacco companies and firearm manufacturers due to the harm those industries cause. So why do they still run ads for the gas industry, which is causing so much damage to the health and safety of our communities, our climate, and Oregon’s future? Listeners need to know the whole story, and we need to be able to trust that our local news sources aren’t being unduly influenced by fossil fuel companies.

Our public radio should not be promoting the fossil fuel industry. Join us in asking OPB to drop their NW Natural sponsorship.

Deadline: Dec 9

We Need Environmental Justice in Our City Charter – Take Action 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. With the climate crisis at our doorstep, the outcome of this Charter Review process is more important than ever.

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 to be considered before the meeting on Dec 13th. Check out this written testimony toolkit for more information.

Portland needs a functional governance structure so we can take on our most pressing issues using models rooted in environmental justice and fair democracy. And as our city leaders tackle these issues, we need them to center the voices of communities most impacted by environmental injustice: Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, students, working people, people with disabilities, older adults and others.

Everyone has the right to live, work, and play in environments that are safe and healthy, and we deserve our voices to be heard. We have a unique opportunity to fight for these rights and improve our City for years to come – Please submit a public comment before Dec 9th!

Deadline: December 17

Take action: Tell Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to reject an increase in harmful pollution at PGE’s Carty Gas Plant.

Portland General Electric (PGE) wants the Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to approve a massive increase in air pollution from carbon monoxide and volatile organic compound emissions–both of which have serious health and environmental impacts–in an area that already has frequent air quality advisories and alerts.

Will you stand up for public health and our climate and send a comment to the DEQ today?

Deadline: ASAP

State of Oregon: Time to Divest from Fossil Fuels!

$120,000,000,000: The Oregon Treasury manages $120 Billion in investments; $90B is in public employee pension funds. Oregon should be at the leading edge of climate-safe investments to support a sustainable future for us all.

Financial Risk: The data just keeps accumulating. Fossil fuel investments continue to get a below-market return on investment and they will soon be stranded assets that no one wants to buy.

Climate Risk: Fossil fuels cause climate chaos and deadly pollution. All too often pipelines and power plants harm our frontline communities and violate human rights.

How do we get the Oregon Treasury to Divest?

  1. Email and/or phone the Oregon Treasurer and Oregon Investment Council by filling out this simple form to tell them you want them to Divest Now! Public Opinion is KEY to this campaign.

  2. Send to 3 friends to get the word out about why Divesting the Oregon Treasury is one of the MOST important things we can do to reduce the future effects of the Climate Crisis.

  3. Follow Divest Oregon on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter & get updates about the campaign via email.

For more information, visit DivestOregon.org or email info@divestoregon.org

Deadline: ASAP

Tell Your City to Support All-electric Homes and to Phase Out Gas

Are you tired of being gaslit by the fossil fuel industry? Us too. That’s why together with a coalition of over 60 organizations, we just released a report that details the many lies being told to elected officials, journalists, and the general public by NW Natural and the gas industry about “natural” gas, and the need for a just transition to buildings run on 100% clean energy.

Can you help us spread the word? We want this information to reach the masses so that we can push back against misinformation from the gas industry. Here’s our press release to read what our coalition is saying about this report, here’s a social media toolkit with sample tweets, Facebook, and Instagram posts to help spread the word, and here’s a tool to send the report directly to your City officials.

Deadline: Mid-December

Tell Metro Council, No Climate No Bridge

Email your Metro Councilors to push for a climate smart Interstate Bridge Replacement. ODOT is gearing up to build a ten lane freeway expansion and our friends at No More Freeways are hoping to convince Metro to speak up right now and withhold funding for the project until ODOT commits to studying some climate smart alternatives. More info here.

Any questions? Email action@350pdx.org.