TIME & LOCATION CHANGE! PORTLAND PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCH

Help us  amplify the energy of the global People’s Climate March in New York City and other major cities around the world, as the UN prepares for a special session devoted to action on climate change.

Sunday, September 21, 3:00 PM
Gather for a rally in Portland’s Waterfront “Bowl,” south of the Hawthorne Bridge, SW Naito Parkway & SW Madison, followed by a march across the Bridge.

This is an invitation to change everything. To change everything we need everybody. A better world is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. Join us for the largest climate justice mobilization in history as people take it to the streets across the country and world on September 21, including here in Oregon.

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the arc of history. The time is now. Scientists say that action to save our planet in the next year and a half is critical to our survival. This September, World leaders are gathering in New York City for a UN summit on climate change. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

Across the country, from New York to Portland, OR, the People’s Climate March will show that we stand together, demanding a better world for ourselves and for generations to come. This calls for unprecedented collaboration—that’s where you come in.

Join us in solidarity for the People’s Climate March in Portland

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People's Climate March September 21st Largest Climate March In History

 

In September, heads of state are going to New York City for a historic summit on climate change. You may have already received Bill McKibben’s invitation to the People’s Climate March in NYC: This is an invitation to “anyone who’d like to prove to themselves, and to their children, that they give a damn about the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced.”
 
Are you ready to go (or thinking of going) to NYC September 21st and interested in helping organize and/or march with a 350 Oregon contingent in NYC?

Yes, I want to go!

Wish you could go, but cannot make it to NYC this September? If so, are you interested in helping organize a solidarity march or event here in Oregon?

I’ll help organize an event in Oregon

As our friend Bill points out: “This is dead-serious business, a signal moment in the gathering fight of human beings to do something about global warming before it's too late to do anything but watch.”
 
This is the time to take a weekend to bend the course of history.

350 Oregon launches the Oregon Climate Declaration

From the 8 hour work day to the bottle bill, from land use planning and public access to the beaches Oregon has been a leader. Over a million Oregonians are very concerned about climate change but they're invisible. Our goal is 100,000 Oregonians signing on to help make Oregon a national model in responding to climate change. Please sign and then share this link with your friends and let them know the importance of this campaign.

350PDX Organizes Hearing on Fossil Fuel Divestment Before House Committee

The House Energy & Environmental Committee held an informational hearing on Climate Responsible Investment organized by 350PDX on February 25, 2014. Testifying before the committee were Sandy Polishuk, Divestment Coordinator, 350PDX; Emily Letherstrom, Senior Investment Analyst, Portfolio 21; Christy Splitt, External Affairs Director, Oregon League of Conservation Voters; Walt Eager, 350.org Corvallis, retired supervisory engineer, Oregon Department of Transportation.

Sandy Polishuk explained the math of climate change, making the case that 80% of fossil-fuel companies reserves need to be left “in the ground” in order to limit climate warming to a liveable level. She then explained 350.org’s strategy of fossil fuel divestment to highlight the destructive practices of the fossil fuel companies. She said, “Divestment would weaken the fossil fuel industry’s political standing and increase the chances of retiring its special breaks by taking away their social license to continue unchecked extraction.”

Emily Letherstrom testified that her company, Portfolio 21, has had “a long-held rational for not investing in fossil fuel companies....our research has found unacceptable risks in the fossil fuel exploration and production industry and therefore we do not invest in companies in this sector.  Approximately 8% of the global equity market is off limits to those who choose to divest, leaving 92% of the market available to a portfolio manager to meet their fiduciary responsibility.” She went on to detail the numerous factors that influenced this decision.

Christy Splitt from the Oregon League of Conservation Voters talked about her work with conservation groups across the state. "Climate is the issue that unites us all, across a variety of issues and from places as diverse as the canyons of Eastern Oregon and the coast." She also noted that 350.org plays a unique role in Oregon. "An all-volunteer, grassroots group coming to the Capitol means a lot. I am here every day, but this sort of advocacy on this all-important issue makes a real difference."

Testimony closed with Walt Eager, a PERS retiree, stating that PERS must divest from fossil fuel holdings. He said, “It is incomprehensible that funds, belonging to Oregon retirees, are being used to destroy the natural environment and economy of the State in which we live and for so many years dutifully served.”

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Portland Third-Grader Organizes "Climb-A-Thon for Climate Change" on April 4

Dylan Beckett, a third grade student at the ACCESS Academy, has organized a climbing fundraiser at the Portland Rock Gym to benefit organizations that promote awareness of climate change. “I was hearing scary things on the news that made me worry about the planet,” Dylan said. “Even if you do something small, it can have a big effect. Now it’s gotten even bigger than I ever thought it would!”

Dylan enlisted his parents, the school principal and other students at ACCESS Academy, and the staff at Portland Rock Gym, to organize a 3-hour Climb-A-Thon on April 4. Participating students who climb will earn pledge money for every ascent that they complete. All pledges will support the local nonprofit 350 PDX and the national organization 350.org.

“I want to show people that even if you’re a kid, if you’re worried, you can do something. You can help,” said Dylan.

Sponsor a climber through our site!

Reed students meets with Board of Trustees for consideration of divestment

On February 7th, students from the group Fossil Free Reed met with the Board of Trustees, presenting the case that fossil fuel investments run counter to the values that Reed espouses. In reply, the Board promised to give consideration to their proposal, as reported in the Portland Tribune.

Climb-A-Thon Fundraiser

“We need to not wait until we are the grownups, because I’m scared it will be too late.”
- Dylan, 3rd grader

While the news about climate change can be really unsettling, working together to make a difference can be inspiring, and even fun.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership... What's to Review?

[Our own Bonnie McKinlay spoke recently at a rally to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an international trade agreement that could be approved by Congress without any public debate. If you're not familiar, Bonnie's words are are great introduction to what's at stake.]

I'm here to talk about climate and TPP.

To speak on climate I would review the most recent information -- latest science, latest fossil fuel extraction plans, on-going droughts... species loss.  

To speak on TPP's effects on climate, what's to review? Most of the contents of the TransPacific Partnership are secret. Eleven nations and the U.S. Congress are asked to sign a secret trade agreement that they are not permitted to share with their constituents. This eliminates any opportunity to voice our views on the specifics of the trade pact. The TTP is so secret that our elected representatives must approach it without recording devices of any kind, including paper and pencil.  They are permitted no open debate on the TPP. However, 600 corporate representatives, such as Monsanto and the American Petroleum Institute, have full access to the document. We don't know much about the TPP. What we do know comes from WikiLeaks and the disastrous history of NAFTA.  

Theoretically, governments have the role of protecting their people. Obviously, we find endless examples of the corruption of this principle, but let's assume that the ideal government is out there to protect its people. How about protecting them from the untamed extraction practices of the fossil fuel industry?  

Well, we know of the many ways this industry can compromise the health of creatures, habitat, cultures and ultimately, all life on the planet. Because of the ruthlessness of fossil fuel extraction, we seek stringent study. This can lead to regulations and denials of harmful projects. However, under the TransPacificPartnership, safeguards for the corporation's interest rule.

Using that ideal government model, without TPP, suppose a company initiates a project that uses CHEMICAL X -- feel free to substitute benzene, fracking, strip-mining for CHEMICAL X. The NO-TPP government agency studies CHEMICAL X and will permit it or regulate it or deny it. Hopefully, discussion emerges from an alert public, the media, industry representatives, scientists, and health professionals.

However, under TPP, if CHEMICAL X merits regulation or prohibition, the CHEM X Corporation can take their case to a corporate -controlled, non-governmental tribunal. There, that highly partial body can rule that the regulation or ban of CHEMICAL X reduces the corporation's expected profits. It determines that the CHEM X Corporation deserves compensation for this financial loss. Within the TPP guidelines, there is NO limit to this monetary reward.

So who pays?

Under TPP, since the government regulated against CHEM X, the government is responsible for the corporation's hardship and is expected to PAY UP. Of course, the money is collected from the people in the form of taxes or diminishing services. The People Will Pay.

With that kind of corporate-operated tribunal outcome, how likely are any of the 12 TPP nations going to regulate ANY industry?

Under these TPP conditions, how likely is it that a government will take on the questionable practices of a fossil fuel corporation?

The TPP wraps up our planet in a neat, no-risk package perfect for corporate gifting.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, climate activists work hard in their campaigns. In a Trans-Pacific Partnership world, their efforts would be completely undermined.

It is insane in these days of 400 parts per million to do anything that further contributes to climate change. To use the TPP to clear the way for the corporate desecration of our living earth is nothing less than depraved.

Our planet is nurturing and generous to life.  The TTP is designed to give increased power to those tearing away at our special planet. PLEASE OPPOSE IT! Please do more by contacting friends and elected officials, by learning what you can, by speaking out. Our voices. Our actions. OUR UNITY -- That's all we have!

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