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.
Fourteen local students participated in a youth-led swimathon on Sunday, April 23 at Columbia Pool in North Portland. Sixth-grader Dylan Beckett organized the fundraising event, LAPS 4 LIFE Swim for the Climate, to raise awareness and to help combat climate change. To recruit swimmers, he presented in front of several classes at his school where he discussed climate change issues and asked students to sign up and help raise money. Most of the swimmers were from ACCESS Academy. The youngest participant was 8-years-old and the oldest 15. Read more
When I started school, I was hearing all these scary things on the news—things like ice caps melting, and weather changing, and animals going extinct—that made me worry about the planet. People always say, “even if you do something small, it can have a big effect,” and I felt like I wanted to do something. So in third grade, I decided to do a Climb-a-Thon for Climate Change. We raised almost $3500 for 350PDX, a non-profit that works to help stop climate change.
With everything happening in the world this year, I felt like it was time to do another event. So this year I’m organizing Laps for Life—a Swim for the Climate. Read more
Since the election, members of 350PDX Southwest team and SW HOPE have been holding periodic vigils in the Multnomah Village area. There were about a dozen of us this past Saturday, November holding signs and banners as well as umbrellas lettered with messages of peace and justice. We had some of the beautiful 350PDX sunflower umbrellas in case it rained, but the universe seemed to think we’d do better under dry skies.
Many drivers honked or gave us a thumbs-up as they drove by, and some of their passengers applauded. A few pedestrians stopped to ask about our various signs: No DAPL (“What is DAPL?”), Racial and Climate Justice, Income Equality (“So many messages; who are you with?”). A man driving by informed us, “Obama is the real racist, people.” Read more
Hello! My name is Emma Rosen and I am the web and tech intern at 350PDX. I grew up in Southeast Portland with two environmentalists for parents. This meant I spent a lot of time learning about the wildlife and ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest, and of course, about climate change (or as it was still known during my childhood, global warming). I still have a board game called ‘The Life Cycle of Salmon’, which taught me about the importance of strong river banks with shady trees for hatching Salmon’s eggs, and that if your dice roll landed you on a river dam square you were definitely screwed. Everything I learned enforced the idea that climate change was an issue that needed to be addressed quickly, and by as many people as possible.
My name is Rachel Levelle, and my plan was never to be an organizer. I had plenty of other possibilities in my life – I wanted to be an astronaut, I wanted to own a 24-hour coffee shop/bookstore, I wanted to be a research scientist. There were a million things I wanted to do, and none of them entailed chaining myself to train tracks.
My name is Rebecca Smith. I am a junior at Sarah Lawrence College and an intern at 350PDX. I first became familiar with the climate movement when, growing up in a conservative family in the Portland area, I was taught very carefully to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. My family started this journey by carefully setting aside our soda cans in one paper bag and our cardboard in another for trips to the local recycling center. Later, other plastics and paper products would be added to these bags. Finally, the city supplied recycling cans and pick-up dates for these and other recyclables. I remember feeling quite proud of myself in these recycling endeavors. In doing so, I felt I had single-handedly saved the planet, a sentiment that was reinforced my education system’s emphasis on our individual efforts to be green. Such individualistic notions about what it meant to be sustainable suited my conservative family very well. However, when I got to Sarah Lawrence, a liberal arts college in New York, my views on both sustainability and conservatism rapidly changed.
On Sunday evening, July 17th, the 350pdx Southwest Neighborhood Team partnered with Southwest HOPE (Heal Our Planet Earth) to hold a Team Picnic at Gabriel Park. 350pdx has 5 neighborhood teams across Portland that each work to strengthen local communities’ efforts towards reaching a fossil fuel- free future. We want you to join us! You can contact the neighborhood team in your area here. The SW Neighborhood Team is currently working to encourage participation in the FFRN demonstration on the 23rd, the last Tesoro-Savage Testimony on July 29th, and the Capping Carbon Campaign.
On the morning of July 13th, 40 people gathered outside City Hall to eat breakfast, have inspiring conversation, and attend City Council’s open testimony to support Mia Reback and Nick Caleb. Mia and Nick were testifying on the Fossil Fuel Code discussion draft, which will be the legally binding version of the Fossil Fuel Infrastructure ban resolution that was passed November last year. The Fossil Fuel Code falls well short of the original resolution, and is less a ban on fossil fuel infrastructure and more a few regulations tailored to fit the needs of the fossil fuel industries and their interest to grow. By testifying at City Council, Mia and Nick are drawing Council’s attention to the disparity between the resolution as passed and the current draft. (draft analysis)
Audio Interviews During The Rally
It was a few days after my wedding. I was supposed to be honeymooning at a nearby winery with my newly minted husband, celebrating our unlikely marriage at age 55.
Instead, I was sitting on the railroad tracks in the pouring rain. Along with 20 other brave souls, some weeping, some singing, I was facing down a locomotive in a town — Vancouver, Washington — that many fear will be forced to accept the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country.
Why would anyone do something like that? Read more