Philippines brunch fundraiser this Saturday

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation, 350 PDX is hosting a BRUNCH FUNDRAISER as our community comes together around this climate calamity. Please join us this Saturday to aid in the ongoing relief efforts for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines:

Please join us this SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, brunch will be served between 10:00am-2:00pm at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 1704 NE 43rd (by NE Broadway, near Sandy Blvd), Portland 97213. We will also have a couple of special guest appearances.

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Kathleen Dean Moore: “If Your House Is On Fire”

350 PDX, Oregon Interfaith Power & Light, Greenpeace, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility present: Kathleen Dean Moore, distinguished Professor of Philosophy, environmental ethicist, and co-editor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, speaking on climate activism. This is a FREE event.

Saturday, September 21, 2:00pm
First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson, Portland 97201

Workshops will follow at 3:15pm. Topics include comment writing for the Longview coal export terminal scoping process, NW fossil fuel exports, and divestment.

Getting there:
– Blue and Red MAX lines stop at Goose Hollow.
– TriMet Bus lines 6, 58 and 68 stop at the church.
– Lines 51 and the 63 stop a few blocks away.
– Free parking at the Church

For more information contact Bonnie McKinlay at 350pdx@gmail or 503-705-1943.

Sun Magazine interview with Kathleen Dean Moore

Oregon Faith Fossil Fuel Divestment Resources

Oregon Interfaith Power and Light, a project of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon has set up a web page to provide resources and information to congregations and denominations as part of its collaboration with Oregon activities of350.org and the Go Fossil Free campaign. The page contains links to resources, guidebooks and articles on fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment as well as copies of resolutions and educational materials from congregations and denominations. Send links to your web pages if you have a resolution or resource to share at oipl@emoregon.org.

Faith-based Fossil Fuel Divestment and Reinvestment Resources

Longview Terminal Comment Period Begins August 16

Cowlitz County, WA recently issued a letter announcing the beginning of a 95-day comment period, from August 16 to November 18, requesting comments on the appropriate scope of the EIS for the proposed Millenium coal terminal at Longview. This is the second largest of the three coal terminals actively under review in the Northwest. There are a variety of ways to submit your comments, detailed here. All comments will be given consideration by the agencies.

Unlike the DEQ hearing regarding the permitting of the Morrow Pacific Terminal Project in Boardman, OR, Washington’s scoping comment collection and hearing process welcomes input on all aspects of coal export. This ranges from strip mine extraction in the Powder River Basin, transportation through our region, and the effects of burning the coal in Asia.

The first in a series of scoping hearings throughout Washington will take place on Tuesday, September 17th, 5-8pm at the Cowlitz Expo Center in Longview, WA. Although the oral testimony period is limited to two minutes, you may email/send in as many comments as you like. We encourage you to attend the Longview hearing to show opposition to the development of the Longview Terminal.

For assistance on writing comments and testimonies, visit www.powerpastcoal.org or read 101 Reasons to Be Against Coal Exports.

Workshops on comment-writing will be held at the following locations:

  • Longview: Monday, August 26, 6:30pm. Cowlitz PUD, 961 12th Ave
  • Portland: Saturday, September 7, 3:00-5:00pm. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park

Bill McKibben Returns to Portland at the Newmark Theatre

BMckibben1With the publication of his first book, The End of Nature, nearly 25 years ago, Bill McKibben introduced the concepts of climate change and global warming to a previously unaware public. In the quarter century since, he’s written a dozen books and is today recognized as one of the world’s most active, iconic, and dedicated environmentalists. McKibben believes that the climate crisis needs to be tackled at both local and global levels. For example, he spent a year in the company of a beekeeper as part of the growing trend toward local food. He also founded 350.org, the international grassroots organization that was responsible for stopping the Keystone XL pipeline. McKibben’s latest book, Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, is his account of these mutually reinforcing fronts in the climate fight. Drawing from his new book as well as his life’s work as an environmentalist, McKibben will discuss the need for action along with effective strategies, both local and global, toward the goal of saving our planet.

Bill McKibben is the author of more than a dozen books. He is the founder of the environmental organization 350.org and was among the first to warn of the dangers of global warming. Time Magazine called him ‘the planet’s best green journalist’ and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was ‘probably the country’s most important environmentalist.’ He is a frequent contributor to various publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Rolling Stone, and Outside. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize. He lives in Ripton, Vermont, with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter.

Tickets are available beginning Tuesday, July 30, at PCPA.com, the PCPA Box Office, by phone at 503-946-7272, and at all TicketsWest outlets.

Note: Tickets are $20 – $36. The $36 tickets include a copy of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist. Books will be distributed at the event.

Will you join us at G.R.O.W. Divestment: Portland?

This summer we are gearing up to G.R.O.W. Divestment in the Pacific Northwest!

WHAT: GROW Divestment: Portland
WHEN: Sunday July 28th, 1pm
WHERE: Portland, OR
YOU: Students, city divesters, environmental justice and climate activists, community members

Last month, in an exciting victory, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales committed the city to full fossil fuel divestment! However, in the fight for climate justice, we still have a lot of work to do. Numerous campaigns are pushing local institutions, colleges, churches, and the State of Oregon to follow suit and drop their holdings in the fossil fuel industry. Furthermore, as Big Coal, Oil, and Gas are making moves to turn the Northwest into a dirty energy export corridor, communities across the region are organizing to protect our home from their dangerous plans. If we want to keep building a truly dynamic movement for climate justice, we must bind these struggles together as we fight the fossil fuel industry.

That’s why on July 28th, the day after attending the Summer Heat: Columbia River Climate Action we’re bringing together students, community members, and climate activists for a GROW Divestment meet-up. These meet-ups will be happening in partnership with major actions against dirty energy happening across the country. Participants will engage in a day of trainings focused around fossil fuel divestment, coalition-building, and forming regional networks for collaboration around climate justice.

This summer, GROW Divestment hopes to connect students working on fossil fuel divestment with the work of communities on the frontlines of resistance to fossil fuel extraction. We believe that these meet-ups will provide an opportunity for many different groups and individuals within the climate movement to be together in one space to talk about ways we can support each other’s work in fighting for a just and sustainable future!

Sign up today!

Or for more information, contact toricole@lclark.edu.

Want to take action on climate change?

Come to the next 350 PDX meeting!

Click to RSVP

This Saturday, June 8th

3:30pm-5:30pm

@ Red & Black Cafe

400 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR

There are lots of opportunities to get involved!
Possible project groups include:
Divestment
Media & Communications
Research
Summer Heat (350.org event)
NW Fossil Fuel Exports
Keystone XL
Community Education/Outreach
Carbon Tax

Now the salmon is migrating to Salem…

350pdxlogo_0We invite you to the first Oregon Climate Action Day on Wednesday, May 22nd at 11am on the Oregon Capitol steps in Salem. Join hundreds from across the state who share a vision of climate solutions and a thriving clean energy economy.

Throughout the day, our trained citizen lobby teams will meet with 20 legislators to ask that they author or sign on to an effective, market-based, upstream solution we believe in: a revenue-neutral carbon tax that sets a scientifically-determined and predictably graduating price on pollution. Oregon can implement such a policy to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions and boost our local, renewable economy (as modeled by the tax levied in British Columbia in 2008 and proposed at the national level by the Citizens Climate Lobby).

We are proud as Oregonians to be part of a state with a history of bipartisan problem-solving and innovation on tough issues – from the bottle bill to current healthcare innovations – and know that Oregon can again lead the country on humanity’s greatest challenge yet: climate change.

Oregon Climate Action Day attendees will help launch the grassroots network Oregon CAN: which exists to connect climate-concerned Oregonians, organize creative advocacy, educate onarket-based climate solutions, and to empower citizens to lobby their elected officials.

This event is a point of convergence for people on fronts across the state engaged in the good fight to break free from dependence on destructive fossil fuels.

RSVP today to camilathorndike@gmail.com to join a citizen lobby team and ask your Representative or Senator to support an effective, upstream, market-driven solution to climate change. Fossil fuel lobbyists are there every day. It’s time for us to show up and defend our state and future.

Remember to sign up here for the countdown till May 22!

 

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Documents viewable here.

If you plan on joining us in Salem on Wednesday, May 22nd, please let me know so we’ll have an idea of the numbers of people we expect to have from the Portland Metro Area.

Contact me if you need general or carpooling info.

Thanks!-Bonnie McKinlay

350pdx@gmail.com

503-705-1943