350PDX Pipe Dreams

Pipe Dreams is a new project to write about the wildest, most far-reaching positive future scenarios we can imagine.

This is a challenge to pick up your pen and paper, or dust off your chunky home computer, and have some fun. What is the news article you want to read tomorrow morning that heralds the most unbelievably positive climate news? What headlines would make your heart sing with joy? What can you see while sitting on your back stoop–after all of our hard work in climate justice has paid off? Read more

Oregon’s First Cooperative Solar Project Completed

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The Divestment/Reinvestment Team has an announcement about one of the Reinvestment options they’ve found: A community-owned solar installation!

The Oregon Clean Power Cooperative, together with the Mazamas and local solar installer Elemental Energy, will celebrate the completion of the Co-op’s first solar project on July 11 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Mazama Mountaineering Center (MMC), 527 SE 43rd Avenue, Portland. Solar panels installed by Elemental Energy now cover three sides of the roof of the MMC and are expected to produce half of its electrical needs.

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The Climate Odyssey- a new offering to support community resilience

The work for climate justice, and indeed for all forms of justice, is an ongoing journey, and includes many adventures, triumphs, obstacles, and losses. The increasing knowledge about the consequences of climate chaos and other environmental crises of the day takes a toll on our hearts and minds which can lead to overwhelm, despair, grief, and a sense of hopelessness about the future. In order to grow a strong and diverse climate justice movement, these concerns of the heart and spirit need to be addressed, and are a natural part of movement building.

Traditional organizing can have a high rate of intensity and burnout, and many caring people may be reluctant to enter into the fray for a variety of reasons, including time capacity, skills, and the overwhelm of the endless and daunting work ahead.

The Climate Odyssey program addresses these issues by offering experiences, events, and perspectives that acknowledge the complicated and emotionally challenging parts of our work of climate justice. In so doing, it offers support for those already engaged in the work, and opens doors of possibility to those who are not yet active in the movement. The program also aims to grow capacity for effectiveness and ongoing community building and solidarity. Read more

Action Alert: Drop off materials in Portland to support Sioux Standing Rock Protest against the Dakota oil pipeline

350PDX Community: There are spots in Portland to drop off materials being run to the Sioux Tribe protest against the Dakota Access pipeline. A new frontline encampment has just been set up in direct line of the pipeline where ~120 people were just arrested. The fight is heating up and we need your help. Please see this Facebook Page for a list of materials requested and places to drop off donated items before November 2 when a team will make a run.

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Celebra Dia de los Muertos en Zenger Farm! / Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos at Zenger Farms!

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Domingo, 30 de octubre de 1:00-4:00 p.m. en Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97266, celebramos Dia de los Muertos. El dia incluye pintura de caras, arrecifes de coral hecho de confite, haciendo mascaras, construyendo altares, y aprendizaje. El evento será adentro de la granja de Zenger Farm protegido de la lluvia en un espacio muy lindo. No hay costo para el evento.

On Sunday, October 30 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97266, we will be celebrating Dia de Los Muertos. Please join us for a day of face-painting, building candy-coral reefs, making masks, constructing altars, and learning. The event will be inside the Zenger Farm grange and covered from the rain in a beautiful space. The event is no cost.

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Showing Up (for Housing and Racial Justice)

This piece is adapted to add local context from an email blast sent by May Boeve of 350.org on July 19, 2016.

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It’s hard to know what to do in times like these, with violence, xenophobia, and hate on the rise. As an organization dedicated specifically to working on climate change, we’ve wrestled with how to engage with what feels like a historic moral and political moment.

The climate crisis affects all of us, but it doesn’t affect all of us equally. Climate change dramatically magnifies inequalities like race, consistently hitting Black, brown, Indigenous, and poor communities first and hardest. Climate justice is inextricably tied to the fights against racism, economic inequality, and hate. Read more

Update on Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline

920x920Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, also known as the Bakken Pipeline, began in May in North and South Dakota and in Illinois.  Permits have not been issued yet for the sections of the pipeline that are slated to cross the Missouri River and the Mississippi.  The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is still holding strong in protest at their Sacred Stone Camp since April 1st, though pipeline construction is now visible just across the Missouri river from their homelands.

In Iowa, preparation for construction began without final federal approval, with the chopping of swaths of trees in wooded areas and land stripping.  The company that is building the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), has also been stockpiling miles of pipe along the proposed route in preparation for digging.  One of the areas in Iowa that has not been approved is on the Big Sioux Wildlife Management area in the northwestern part of the state. There is an ancestral burial ground for the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation) on this land.  On Friday, June 3rd, The Upper Sioux Community Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) went to the ancestral burial site, accompanied by John F. Doershuk- Iowa state archaeologist, Jon Eagle of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Chief Arvol Looking Horse- 19th generation pipe carrier, and other tribal elders and council members.  Carolyn Raffensperger, executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, attended as well to document environmental damage. Read more

Support Climate Policies in the The City’s Comprehensive Plan!

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The City of Portland is updating its 2035 Comprehensive Plan, a long-range 20-year plan that sets the framework for the physical development of the city. Four years in the making, City Council will adopt the plan on June 15th. Unlike many other plans, Comprehensive Plans are legally binding plans required by Oregon land use law. The 2035 plan provides a host of policies and tools that will be necessary in ensuring a just transition from the fossil fuel economy.

Comp Plan Amendments:

Mayor Hales is proposing amendments to add the fossil fuel policy and climate action into the City’s Comprehensive Plan! Now we just need to show our support to make sure they get added into the final Comp Plan.

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Come to Anacortes in Mid May…Because Business As Usual Is Killing Us

Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 9.46.15 PMWe know the basics. Our relentless consumption of fossil fuels is killing our planet’s ability to sustain us. We can make personal choices to reduce our own consumption, and that is meaningful. We can be hopeful when we read optimistic forecasts about alternative energy, and that’s reasonable.

But the bottom line is that, on our current trajectory, we are headed toward climate catastrophe. And who knows why — but the fossil fuel industry and those who profit from it seem not overly concerned.

That’s why people all over the world this May are stepping out and stepping up to confront the fossil fuel industry where it lives.

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Is Your Retirement Banking on Our World’s Destruction? Divest Now!

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The divestment movement is an increasingly important element in the fight against global climate change. Making the personal choice to divest shows commitment to challenging and changing the system that rewards corporations for destroying our planet. 350.org and 350PDX are both working actively to encourage universities, municipalities, foundations, and now individuals, to divest. It may seem like a small stone against the Goliath fossil fuel industry, but each little nugget can become a hail storm they won’t forget.

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