350PDX is seeking new board members!

350PDX is making positive changes to address the climate crisis. We are looking for board members to help direct us through the next years of our organization’s growth. Please apply!

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The Fossil Fuel Industry Will Not Grow in the City of Portland

ffp-code-nov10-7-705x470After the second of two public hearings, Portland City Council is poised to set a historic national precedent by halting the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure and prohibiting new fossil fuel terminals as well as expansions of existing facilities within Portland. At Wednesday’s hearing, Council members voted 3-0 on amendments that further restrict fossil fuel infrastructure. While the final vote is scheduled for December 8, the Council made its intentions clear today: the fossil fuel industry will not grow in the City of Portland. The vote was met with a standing ovation from enthusiastic community members who were instrumental in shaping this proposal over the last year.

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In Solidarity with Women Everywhere

350PDX is joining climate justice groups across the Pacific Northwest in making statements supporting the women in our movement who are facing sexual harassment and other forms of gender based discrimination and violence.

Earlier this summer, an incredible movement organizer Zarna Joshi was sexually harassed while working on the “Block the Bunker” campaign in Seattle. She called her harasser out loudly, and was then intimidated by the law enforcement present into not reporting him. Since then, videos of the incident have been shared widely on social media, and Zarna has been subjected to an astonishing amount of stalking, death threats, rape threats, and further harassment over the internet, via phone and mail, and in person. Unfortunately, this type of thing is all too common. Read more

PDX Final Hearing to Ban Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Portland has the chance to prohibit all new fossil fuel terminals and require our existing facilities to make much needed seismic safety improvements.

On Thursday, November 10th, The Portland City Council will hold the final public hearing on the fossil fuel zoning code changes that could legally prohibit new fossil fuel terminals in the City of Portland! Please attend (wearing red!) and testify to support the strongest fossil fuel code changes possible.

WHAT: Final Hearing to Ban Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
WHEN: Tuesday November 10th. Hearing 2-5PM, Rally 1:15.
WHERE: Portland City Hall (1221 SW 4th Avenue)
RSVP: Online or via Facebook.

Why does this matter? Fossil fuels are inherently unsafe throughout their entire lifecycle from extraction to combustion. In order to prevent uncontrollable catastrophic climate change, we need to prohibit ALL NEW FOSSIL FUEL PROJECTS and begin a managed decline of our existing fossil fuel facilities.

Huge thanks to all the groups working on this including, Portland Audubon, Columbia Riverkeeper, Climate Action Coalition, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, OR Physicians for Social Responsibility, Center for Sustainable Economy, the Sierra Club and more!

Metro backs fossil-fuel divestiture

Portland Tribune

Visualizing data for activism

The Tactical Technology Collective is creating great resources for data visualization in advocacy. These are great tools in the fight for climate justice and social justice.

 

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Credit: https://visualisingadvocacy.org/sites/drawingbynumbers.ttc.io/files/VIFA_singlepage_small.pdf

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Cowspiracy Film Review

Hi, my name is Miko Vergun and I am the editorial intern at 350PDX. A few facts about me: I teach myself how to play piano, ukulele, guitar, and dance. I am also 15 years old. This year, I get to do many other things at 350PDX but my main job is watching movies and writing film reviews. This is part of my job because I am trying to find out what are the right movies to engage more people especially youth, in this movement. Since it is my job to write film reviews, I will always find good points to write about. However, it is also my job to be honest, so I will also have something to criticize. Just to reassure you guys, I will do my best to not come off as attacking the director(s) or the movie.

Anyways, the first movie that I am doing a film review oncowspiracy is called Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn. For those who don’t know, Cowspiracy is a documentary focusing on exposing the harm of livestock agriculture. To be honest, I didn’t really like it. Personally, I would give it a 4 out of 10. I don’t really want to recommend it to anyone because of the way the director’s opinions were displayed, but I’ll go into that later. Read more

Southwest Team Picnic

DSC_0832 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.

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Portland’s Worst Polluters Bike Ride

DSC_0227On Wednesday evening, June 29th, Neighbors for Clean Air (NCA) partnered with 350pdx to put together a narrated bike tour of Portland’s worst air polluters. On their website, NCA posted recent news sharing that air in parts of Southeast and North Portland contain alarming levels of cadmium and arsenic, elements known to cause cancer. For this reason, they work to inform the public of the health issues caused by Portland’s toxic air, as well as work with public officials to promote stricter regulations and policies that improve air quality.

Nicholas Caleb, the NCA staff attorney, led a group of bikers from the Hawthorne Bridge to or near major sources of air pollution in Portland. Read more

Chief Rueben George Speaking at Break Free Indigenous March

March Announcer: We have here Chief Rueben George. He’s shaking his head, but this man has been around the world protecting Mother Earth. His mother is Amy Marie George, and she is the one that said- we call her “Tah”- she is the one that said, “Warrior up! It’s time to warrior up!” So we’re gonna ask him to warrior up and share a few words with us. (Native language spoken, good-hearted laughs in the background)

Chief Rueben George comes from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, (Eastern Burrard Inlet, BC) and he’s fighting against Kinder Morgan and the pipelines. As a matter of fact, he just came back from Texas a few days ago. He went to the main office of Kinder Morgan in Texas, and he had a strong message to Kinder Morgan. And I’ll let you share that message, Chief Rueben George. (Native spoken) Please welcome, Chief Rueben George from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation!

chief-ruben-georgeChief Rueben George: (Native spoken) In Houston, Texas, you see some of these refineries right here, and you know, we’re only walking a distance of three miles. In Houston, Texas, right along the residential area, they have 51 miles of refineries. If you take a look on Google maps and look down here in Washington State, even, I bet there’s not even over 500 refineries that give out emissions. In Houston, Texas, in a 51-mile stretch, they have 21,000 emission plants. This is where these owners of these companies live. This is where they set up their camp.

So we went down to Kinder Morgan, (to) their AGM, their Annual General Meeting, after we went to New York and spoke at Wall Street. We ended up talking to 10 billion dollars of the 140 billion dollar company of Kinder Morgan. We talked to some of these shareholders, we told them that the tar sands are killing people. Read more