Forest Defense Team
On October 16th, The Forest Defense team hosted another Shade Equity Social for the growing network of urban forest advocates, arborists, neighborhood tree teams, climate activists and housing justice groups. This Social focused on weaving together the need for more affordable healthy housing, with the need to grow and tend our urban forest.
- Eli Spivak, of Orange Splot housing development company with a mission to pioneer new models of community-oriented, affordable, green housing
- Tom Armstrong & Jeff Caudill of the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability
- Jacob Apenes, volunteer for both 350PDX and Portland Neighbors Welcome, and
- Micah Meskel with Portland Audubon
We then hosted breakout groups, where folks discussed Policy Barriers, Creative Solutions, and Building Political Power. Here’s a synthesis of those great discussions. The team got great feedback about the importance of these spaces to build connections, dialogue and momentum in the long campaign for a more equitable and climate-resilient city.
The Forest Defense team is also helping craft a new campaign against British energy giant Drax, who has proposed building a wood biomass processing and export facility in Longview, Washington. This plant would use one million tons of wood each year, to grind into pellets and ship to east Asia for burn in industrial power plants. We are learning from our allies in the Dogwood Alliance about the devastation these biomass plants have wrought on forests and communities in the south, and we’re gearing up to keep Drax out of the NW. More info coming soon!
City/County Watchdog Team
The City/County Watchdog team works to make sure we have local policies rooted in environmental justice and climate action. This month, we have suggested actions you can take to support strong climate justice policy at the city, agency, state, and federal levels. Together, we are making a huge difference for our region and our world.
At our art build this Sunday, we will be working on and repairing puppets, helping make signs for XR’s action on 11/17, and a bit of drum practice! Last week we had a wonderful time at 350PDX’s 10th anniversary party, where we showed off our puppets, signs and drums with a mini-march. Thanks to all who helped put on a wonderful event!
The Creative Team uses storytelling to make the climate justice movement irresistible. Last month, we finished gathering submissions for a writing and art contest we’re hosting with the Breach Collective, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Here Together Oregon — Flash Futures PNW: A Climate Fiction & Art Contest. Now we’re working on selecting submissions to add to a zine that we’ll be publishing in the spring
Welcome to our southwest neighborhood team, which includes neighborhoods on the south and west sides of Portland.
Street corner demonstrations: These demonstrations continue weekly to raise awareness of the climate emergency. These sign-waving events take only one hour of your time, once a week. Our street corner demonstrations in November will be every Monday at SW Terwilliger and SW Taylors Ferry. Some parking is in the Anytime Fitness lot or take the bus or ride your bike. We have extra signs to share.
Group Presentations: Does your group or community organization need a dynamic presentation on climate change issues? To schedule a presentation, please contact Pat Kaczmarek at firstname.lastname@example.org. The one hour programs include: How to Save Our Planet, How to Replace Fossil Fuels, How to Rewild Our Planet, and How to Save Our Oceans
Washington County Team
Our team hosts monthly sign waving and film events, tabling for climate justice in the neighborhood, and lots more! Our next sign waving event will take place on November 18 from 11 to noon at the corner of NE Cornell and 25th in Hillsboro. In December we’re joining in a Friends of Trees planting in Hillsboro on Saturday, Dec 9th 8:45 AM – 1 PM. And we’re planning a social in-person get together on Sunday, December 17th 3-5 PM.
Brooklyn Neighborhood Team
The Brooklyn Neighborhood Team has been busy spreading the word about Zenith Energy and distributing yard signs throughout the neighborhood. We’ve also been supporting a new cargo bike sharing scheme in the neighborhood, to help folks moving into the new apartment buildings not need to rely so much on cars. In October we’ll be focusing back on clean air issues in Brooklyn in anticipation for Multnomah County action on gas hookups in new residential buildings.
We’re relaunching our Outreach Team: a group of folks trained up and ready to do a variety of outreach activities, such as tabling in the community; putting posters up around the city; giving out flyers outside big events; wheatpasting; giving community presentations.
GET CONNECTED: Reach out to email@example.com know and we’ll loop you in! You can also join our rescheduled in-person Quarterly Outreach Training on Jan 30, 2024, from 6-8pm – learn more here.
350PDX Board & Team Leads