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350PDX Seeks Board of Directors Applicants

Join us as we fight for climate justice and a sustainable future – right here in Portland.

350PDX believes the climate crisis and racial and economic injustices share the same root causes, and so we can only effectively address the climate crisis by building a diverse grassroots movement that fights for justice-based solutions. As such, 350PDX works alongside frontline communities to tackle the climate threat head-on.

To help guide our rapidly growing and evolving organization, we are currently seeking candidates with diverse lived-experiences and talents to join our Board of Directors. Read more

Event Recap: NW Climate Arts Organizer Convergence

Last November, twenty arts leaders from climate organizations across Oregon and Washington met for a two-day workshop presented by David Solnit, the lead arts organizer for 350.org, at the Center of Equity and Inclusion in Portland. At the workshop, 350PDX members practiced making flags and banners, large and small, via silk screen and hand painting. Mary Rose introduced the art and science of making a flash mob, and Barbara Ford shared expertise and led a discussion about how to use songs and chants specifically designed for parades and actions. Read more

Blocking the Gates to Puget Sound Energy’s LNG #nolng253

People up and down the West Coast of the US and Canada are taking direct action and uniting against the fossil fuel industry’s contribution to climate change and continued destruction of the land, air, and water.

Today, about 250 people arrived at 6AM on Puyallup Tribal lands (with an invitation) and have been blocking three gates to a construction site at Puget Sound Energy’s Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility.

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Pacific Power’s Dirty Secret

Over 500,000 Oregonians buy energy from Pacific Power that is mostly generated from coal. And Pacific Power wants to keep it that way.

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College Divestment Update 2017

The fossil fuel divestment campaigns at our local colleges have been on a roll! In May, the Board of Directors at Portland Community College passed a resolution that makes them the first 2-year college in the state of Oregon to commit to fossil fuels divestment. The college does not currently hold any investments in coal, oil or natural gas companies, but the new policy ensures that college funds will not be invested in these companies in the future. Read more

The Changing Face of the 350PDX Board

2017 has been a busy year for the 350PDX Board. Luckily, leaders from the non-profit, small-business, and accounting sectors stepped up to help the organization tackle some big projects that happen behind the scenes. Since December 2016, we welcomed four new board members, said goodbye to two, and as 2017 draws to a close we are ramping up recruitment to add more next year.

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Personal Divestment… And You

You want your investments in line with your values. You’ve got some stocks, some mutual funds, some bonds. You bought them, inherited them, married them; your boss buys them for you. You’ve been saving for retirement, plan to retire or are retired.

You know you should be divested from fossil fuels. You know the fossil fuel divestment movement is the fasting growing divestment movement ever. You know it shames and reduces the political power of the fossil fuel companies. Read more

Activism News Roundup #8

This month, we were particularly struck by a quote from an article about a public hearing in Charleston, WV regarding the repeal of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The powers that be scheduled this meeting in the heart of coal country expecting local support. In fact, the vast majority of speakers spoke in favor of the Clean Power Plan. A former coal miner from Kentucky drove three hours to attend the meeting to speak out against the repeal, and told the Huffington Post: “Do I really think that this administration cares what this old, worn-out coal miner has to say? Well, I don’t know. I really doubt it. But I had to be here…as long as I can draw breath.” Read more