February 14 - Dare to Divest!
March for Real Climate Leadership - February 7 - Bus Tickets Available
The largest rally against fracking in California history is coming soon -- and we need you there.
The March for Real Climate Leadership is a game-changing moment for the climate movement in California. No social movement in our country's history has succeeded without massive numbers of people flooding the streets to demand large-scale change.
350Marin has reserved a bus that will leave from Greenbrae and take you directly to the rally site and back. Lower your carbon footprint, avoid the parking hassle, and enjoy the ride with others in your community.
Tickets are $18, which includes driver tip and all fees. Folks are coming from all over the state. We're prepared to line up more buses, so let's have a great showing from Marin!
For the March, everyone is encouraged to wear blue symbolizing our precious water and air. We will have blue 350Marin t-shirts on board for sale at $20. If you would like to reserve one, please contact Joel at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the size you prefer.
Following New York's ban on fracking last month, now is the time for us to show that we are stronger than ever here in California -- that we know the health and safety of California's communities is more important than oil company profits and we expect leaders like Governor Jerry Brown to act like it.
On February 7, thousands of Californians from across the state are gathering in Governor Jerry Brown’s longtime home of Oakland to say that we need real climate leadership in the face of the drought.
As Governor Brown starts his new term, we'll be in the streets demanding real action on fracking, clean energy and other environmental issues. We want to see California lead the way to a clean energy future.
Get more information and RSVP on the event page.
Come to the 350 Bay Area After-Party in Berkeley for networking, food, drink and a live Reggae band.
Candlelight Vigil in San Rafael: President Obama, Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline
Eighty people converged on the Plaza in San Rafael to join with millions around the country to send a message to the President - Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.
After the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled to uphold the proposed route for the KXL pipeline, rallies were quickly planned around the country.
Thanks to all who came out on such short notice to show your support for 350Marin and sending a message to the President.
Coming Soon - The Future of Energy
The Future of Energy is a new documentary about the renewable energy revolution and what everyday people can do to be part of the solution of climate change. The film focuses on the work being done in the Bay Area on renewable energy, and shows how we can get to 100% renewable faster than people think.
350Marin is planning a showing of this important new film. Date to be announced.
Divestment Local News Coverage and Letters to the Editor
Marin IJ Letter to Editor from Jody Timms, 350Marin Steering Committee member
Marin pension plan needs to show leadership
Although I have not been a fan of the historically Reagan administration strategy of constructive engagement when it comes to fossil fuel companies, perhaps I need to give it a second chance.
This approach is generally used by shareholders to encourage companies to improve their social governance or environmental policies and it has had rather limited success in the past.
But on Wednesday, the state of Vermont used the clout of its pension investments to call out ExxonMobil, naming its business strategies "wholly inadequate" in response to the severity of the climate crisis. The state and a coalition of 47 global investors want this corporation to adopt quantitative goals for greenhouse gas emission reductions from its products and operations.
Though this action stops short of the goal of insisting fossil fuel companies leave at least 80 percent of its product in the ground and intensify their research and development into renewable energy sources, it demonstrates strong leadership that we need to see much more of in this country and throughout the world.
We at 350Marin encourage the Marin County Employee Retirement Association to not only make its engagement efforts public, but also step up and make their own bold statement about the need for fossil fuel companies to get going in a direction that will ensure financial returns and life on a habitable planet.
— Jody Timms, Fairfax
Read more coverage on the Divestment Committee page
Black & Blue Friday = Success!
Thanks to all who attended our Black & Blue Friday event at Sweetwater Music Hall. A standing room only crowd enjoyed a great afternoon of inspiring music, poetry and sharing.
Read the article about the event by the Marin Independent Journal
Black Friday may have retailers seeing green, as in dollars, but 350Marin's Black & Blue Friday, a multimedia event at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, was all about keeping the planet green by coming together to combat climate change.
On the biggest shopping day of the year, which 350.org founder Bill McKibben calls "an orgy of getting," a couple hundred people turned out on the day after Thanksgiving for an afternoon of speakers, films, poetry and music. Performers stood on a stage lined with posters with such slogans as "Spend time, not money," "Planet over profit" and "Our future is not for sale."
McKibben and 350.org win “Alternative Nobel,” The Right Livelihood Award
350.org founder Bill McKibben was one of five recipients of this year’s Right Livelihood Awards, presented at the Swedish Parliament on December 1.
“This is a great honor but clearly it belongs mostly to the people who make up 350.org–it’s them, but above all the hundreds of thousands of volunteers in 191 countries, who have built the first global grassroots movement to deal with the largest crisis civilization has ever faced,” said McKibben.
Read his Acceptance Speech
In Marin, New York City and Around the World - A Historic Day
September 21- Global Day of Action
Marin IJ Letter to the Editor from 350Marin Steering Committee member Jody Timms
Marin residents show they care about climate change
All of us at 350Marin would like to thank the 250-plus Marin community members who came out for the “largest climate march in Marin’s history” on Sunday at Creek Park in San Anselmo.
Our event was held in solidarity with the People’s Climate March that saw over 400,000 protesters in the streets of New York City, along with 2,646 rallies held in 162 countries worldwide.
Newspapers don’t seem too interested in covering marches and demonstrations, especially if they are peaceful. At least President Barack Obama noticed: “Our citizens keep marching, we cannot pretend we do not hear them, we have to answer the call.”
See more photos from the event.
On 23 September 2014, 26 year old poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, from the Marshall Islands, addressed the Opening Ceremony of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit. Kathy was selected from among over 500 civil society candidates in an open, global nomination process conducted by the UN.
Photo by Adam Welz/350.org
Logo artwork by Kathleen Lipinski.