We did it! Together we made history with the largest ever turnout for climate justice, both at here at home and globally.
Come celebrate with us
Reports Back from New York City & Oregon!
vegetarian potluck, program
Where: Peace House, 2116 NE 18th Ave, Portland
What: Some of us traveled all the way to NYC & many joined solidarity events across Oregon- join us in celebration, share experiences and photos on the big screen & begin discussing ways to seize and build on this amazing energy and unprecedented collaboration for climate action:
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 walk and rally in Portland’s Waterfront “Bowl,” south of the Hawthorne Bridge, SW Naito Parkway & SW Madison.
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
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
“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.