Media is a huge presence in our lives. Organizing around an issue requires powerful writers, photographers, videographers, and meme-makers to tell the narrative of the problems at hand and move people to join in action to address it. All of the campaigns rely on media to support their work. Corporate-sponsored media has shown to be biased, or even when scientifically accurate, unmotivating at best. News media removes *us* from the landscape of potential change-makes, largely focusing on industry, lawmakers, and financial world. Our job is to talk about climate a lot, educate, and inspire more action-takers.
This orientation will introduce you to how 350PDX works, and how to get started in the Communications team. Please bring a laptop or tablet if you have one.
The sky is the limit for projects you can take on. Some ideas to get you started: curate the latest climate news, write a critique of climate media coverage from another source (New York Times, Sightline, Climate Progress), help our team edit contributions from other volunteers, and publish a monthly newsletter, use social media to keep the public up to date about events, film actions, interview activists about their work, and more!
Join us in spreading awareness and hope, on climate and the general resistance movement! We gather to hold up signs to the thousands of cars that pass under the pedestrian walkway of SE 9th and Powell. Expect mostly car horns and thumbs up from the passers by, and a nice hang with neighbors. We provide signs for you to hold, though you’re welcome to bring your own highly visible signs if you wish.
When you order a full pour of the cider signified by the special tap handle, one dollar of your purchase goes to the month’s nonprofit partner. Every month a different nonprofit organization will receive a donation of $1 for every 12-oz pour from the special tap handle, all month long.
If you cannot make it this night – the FUNdraising continues throughout the month of January!
Join us on Jan 31st for a Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance Live Event watch party near you. This is a live showing of a webcast hosted by 350.org about the status of national efforts to Freeze Fossil Fuel projects and move to 100% Renewable Energy. Meet others in your community who want to organize to build local power and take climate action.
Working together, we will end the use of fossil fuels and transition our world to 100% renewable energy for all.
Please RVSP so we can send you updates and last minute details.
Join the next Fossil Fuels Resistance Team meeting!
What does the Fossil Fuels Resistance Team work on?
- Stopping Fossil Fuel Infrastructure in Portland
- Stopping Fossil Fuel Infrastructure built to service the Portland Metro Area
- Regional fights opposing fossil fuel exports and new major pipelines, power plants and refineries.
- Rapid response campaigns, like ShellNo.
Can’t make the meeting but want to join the team? Fill out the team sign up form here.
The Trump administration has just announced plans to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic Ocean. This drastic proposal opens over 90% of the Outer Continental Shelf to new drilling and puts our nation’s coastal communities, beaches, surf breaks, and marine ecosystems at risk of a catastrophic oil spill.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is holding ONLY ONE meeting in Oregon, Tuesday, Feburary 6th from3-6pm, to discuss the Draft 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. Let’s pack the room and make sure they know we do not want drilling off our coast!
Before the hearing, join us for a rally at the Oregon State Capital. Check the Facebook event for updates.
Schedule and locations:
- 2:30-4:00 pm | Capitol Building Stairs, Salem | Rally and Press Conference
- 3:00-7:00 pm | Red Lion Hotel, Salem | Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Public Meeting attendance and sign holding on the sidewalk outside
What the BOEM meeting is and is NOT:
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) public meeting will have no opportunity for public testimony. The intent is for citizens to get information, not for BOEM to collect feedback.
BOEM’s open house style meeting will have “stations” about different topics related to offshore oil drilling. People who attend will be able to move around to the different stations at will and talk to the BOEM staff at the stations. There is no set agenda or opportunity for pubic testimony. There will be a station set up allowing attendees to submit written comment via computers or paper.
There is a carpool website so people can offer and sign up for rides.
How to prepare:
- Make signs!
- Tell your friends to come by sharing the eventbrite link
- Read this blog about submitting public comments
This rally and others across the Country are being planned by Surfrider. Read more about why Surfrider is concerned about this plan: http://www.surfrider.org/
BOEM’s page for these meetings: https://www.boem.gov/
Communications and Outreach team gathering and work party! We write about climate change and activism to spread the news about the work our organization has accomplished, and inspires more people to get involved. For more info about what we do, visit this page on our website.
Join us Monday, February 12th in Salem for a Lobby Day in support of the Clean Energy Jobs bill. We will hold a rally on the steps of the Capitol and then meet with our legislators throughout the day. Renew Oregon and Oregon League of Conservation Voters are organizing a lobby training at the beginning of the day and constituent meetings in the afternoon. You must RSVP to participate in the lobby day.
Rough Outline of Day
9:00 am: Check-In Begins (Micah Building, 680 State Street, Salem OR)
10:15 am: Program Begins
11:30 am: Pick up lunches while exiting church, March to Capitol
12-12:30 pm: RALLY* at the Capitol (900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301)
12:45pm: Legislative meetings begin
*you do not need to RSVP for the rally.
Captain Moore discovered the floating “plastic island” in the Pacific 20 years ago – and has been fighting plastic pollution ever since. Come hear Captain Charles Moore, discuss his research and book Plastic Ocean, and how to take action to stop plastic pollution.
Learn the shocking truth about the unintended consequences of the “Age of Plastics”… …how we got here, & what we must do to stop adding to the millions of tons of plastic choking the world’s oceans.
At this event you’ll also have an opportunity to help stop plastics at the source and submit public comments against the proposed fracked gas to methanol export facility in Kalama, WA.
If you can’t come to the February 12th event, there is a youth-oriented event with Captain Moore on February 15th which is also open to the general public.
Captain Charles Moore Biography: Captain Moore founded Algalita Marine Research Foundation and Long Beach Organic simultaneously in 1994, to deal with urban runoff through creating organic community gardens and reforesting the giant kelp off the southern California coast. In 1995 he launched his purpose designed, aluminum hulled research vessel, Alguita, in Hobart, Tasmania, and organized the Australian Government’s first “Coastcare” research voyage to document anthropogenic contamination of Australia’s east coast.
Oceanographic Research Vessel Alguita and its Captain found their true calling after entering the 1997 Transpac yacht race to Hawaii in order to test a new mast that replaced one broken off near American Samoa. On his return voyage, Captain Moore veered from the usual sea route and saw an ocean he had never known, “Here I was in the middle of the ocean, and there was nowhere I could go to avoid the plastic.” His 1999 study shocked the scientific world when it found 6 times more plastic fragments by weight in the surface waters of the central Pacific than the associated zooplankton. His second paper found that plastic outweighs zooplankton by a factor of 2.5 in the surface waters of Southern California. Ever since, Captain Moore has dedicated his time and resources to understanding and remediating the ocean’s plastic load.
His work has been featured on Good Morning America, Late Night with David Letterman, Nightline, the Colbert Report, Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons documentary “Trashed,” and the National Geographic special “Strange Days on Planet Earth.” In 2013 he received an honorary Doctorate from Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia and in 2014 he received the Peter Benchly “Hero of the Seas” award designed by Wyland at the California Academy of Sciences Museum of Natural History in San Francisco. He recently returned from 6 months at sea, from the winter of 2016 to the summer of 2017, surveying the extent of plastic contamination in the South Pacific Garbage Patch and along the coast of Chile.