On Sunday I spent some time canvassing for PCEI – The Portland Clean Energy Initiative. Confession–I did it because Anissa, who is staffing this for 350PDX, nagged me and all the other Board members until we said yes.
But I’m telling you about it because I enjoyed it SO much that I want to give you the opportunity to enjoy yourselves too!
I’m not kidding.
In February 2018, Lewis & Clark College’s Board of Trustees voted to divest from fossil fuels (The Source). Lewis & Clark students, guided by the environmental club, Students Engaged in Eco Defense (SEED), had been pressuring the college to divest since 2012, but ultimately the success was a result of multiple factors lining up simultaneously. The support of key figures like Interim President David Ellis, Chief Investment Officer Carl Vance and Sustainability Manager Amy Dvorak were crucial, but this article will focus on the student-driven side of the divestment process on campus.
There were two main waves of activism. The first wave began in 2012 and culminated in 2015 with a 432-signature petition that was delivered to the college administration and sustainability council. In response to Lewis & Clark being named the “greenest college in the country,” by the Princeton Review in 2015, students also protested outside the Manor House to call attention to the unwarranted award, given that the college was still invested in fossil fuels (Sustainable Life).
Join us for a post-film wine & hors d’oeuvres reception and fundraiser! 350PDX is putting on a night to remember, with your chance to hobnob with the Dirt Rich film director Marcelina Cravat, and author of The Soil Will Save Us Kristin Ohlson.
Tickets are on a sliding scale from $25 – $100, and all tickets will get you a free glass of wine, provided by Winderlea Vineyard and Winery, a B Corp producing Pinot noir and Chardonnay right here in Oregon.
We’ll also have fancy after-movie snacks for you with a range of vegan and vegetarian hors d’oeuvres and a raffle with great to be announced prizes.
All proceeds will go to supporting the work of 350PDX in building a grassroots movement to address the causes of climate disruption through justice-based solutions – including fighting Jordan Cove and getting the Portland Clean Energy Initiative passed at the ballot in November.
Tickets to the film sold separately: Preceding the reception, 350PDX in partnership with the EcoFilm Festival is presenting Dirt Rich at the Hollywood Theatre – buy tickets separately for that here – followed by a short Q&A with the director. The 350PDX fundraising reception is being held after the film and across the street at The Magnolia.
Don’t take it from us, take it from national green energy leader, activist, and author Van Jones, who spoke at an event in Portland last week in front of hundreds of people and couldn’t stop raving about our work on the Portland Clean Energy Initiative, Measure 26-201.
Why? Because this measure offers an opportunity to say YES amidst a sea of bad policies that we fight on a daily basis. YES to local climate action. YES to billionaire retail corporations paying their fair share toward a clean energy future. YES to job training in the renewable energy field. YES to green infrastructure such as cooling tree canopies, local sustainable food and innovative projects that reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. YES to solutions coming straight from our communities. YES to Measure 26-201!
Today is 49 days until Election Day, and 29 days until ballots begin to hit mailboxes. Here’s your weekly campaign update on how to get involved with this historic initiative.
On a sunny Monday evening in August, I was standing in a large conference room at Central Lutheran Church. Volunteers were busily painting, hammering and assembling signs for the September 8th Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice Rally. I was speaking with a founding member of 350PDX’s Arts and Events Team, Barbara Ford. She said, “We can’t have a monoculture of activism,” explaining that people bring different gifts in the creation of a robust activist community.
It was a perfect quote to start to my research for this blog post. I would spend the next few days participating in different events from 350PDX’s calendar. Over the course of my experience, I realized that there are definitely a wide variety of ways to participate and talents to utilize in the growing climate movement.
More than 42,000 comments were submitted to Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), overwhelmingly in opposition to the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. This unprecedented number of comments ask the agency to deny the Clean Water Act permit required for the project. In the last month, thousands of comments flooded in after Oregon DEQ extended the comment period as a result of public pressure. The comment period closed on Monday, August 20.
Our summer fundraising appeal ended on July 31st. Together, we raised over $18,000 in just over one month! $18,000! WOW! That is incredible – evidence of the dedication of our donors and supporters. Read more