Stand Up. Speak Out. Act.

350 Salem OR is a grassroots organization taking local action for a stable climate and sustainable planet.

Act now to save our canyons from heavy-handed post-fire clearcutting.

In the aftermath of the 2020 Labor Day Fires, Oregon’s forests are ringing with the sound of chainsaws.  The Forest Service is using a “hazard tree” loophole to bypass environmental review or public scrutiny, logging vast swaths of forest that pose little to no danger. Environmental groups have urged taking a light touch and allowing the forest to regenerate naturally whenever possible. 

ACT NOW to save Santiam Canyon and other Oregon wildlands from ecologically destructive clearcutting.

Want to create a “food forest” in your yard? Here’s how.

Catch our 350 radio program, The Elephant in the Room, to hear Marisha Auerbach, a Portland State University permaculture educator, explain how and where to plant food and medicinal plants outside your own front door. She also offers tips about how to make your yard a healthy ecosystem. The program is hosted by 350 member Tom Ellis.

The Oregon Climate Action Plan … one year in.

One year after Governor Kate Brown issued one of the most sweeping Climate Action Plans in the country, the hard work of turning the plan into clean energy solutions and greenhouse gas reductions is underway. Check out the Progress Report just issued by Renew Oregon, a coalition group that includes 350 Salem OR.

Salem aims for net zero emissions by 2050.

Under Salem’s new Climate Action Plan (CAP), the city aims to cut our greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035 and to be carbon neutral by mid-century. 350 Salem OR submitted comments on how our city can meet its ‘Net Zero’ goal through effective city planning. Our recommendations, along with more than 200 ideas from community members, experts and members of the CAP Task Force, are being considered.

To safeguard future generations, we must learn how to be better ancestors.

Short-term thinking in politics and business is laying waste to the planet. But a new global movement is rising in the name of long-term thinking and intergenerational justice.

This movement recognizes a disturbing truth: we have colonized the future. We treat it like a distant outpost where we can freely dump ecological damage and technological risk , as if there was nobody there.

Citizen activists are leading the fight for us to “become good ancestors.”

Take a walk with us!

Join 350 activists and friends with Just Walk Salem Keizer for friendship and exercise on Wednesday morning walks. Participants meet at 9 a.m. at the mobile sculpture on the west side of the Cherriots Bus Station, on High Street. Walks to Riverfront Park usually bring sightings of heron, osprey, ducks, geese and hawks, and sometimes deer. Please wear a mask and observe 6′ social distancing.

Climate Science Basics: just the facts …

We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and believe silence is no longer an option. We encourage you to support local organizations doing social justice work, including Salem-Keizer NAACP, Causa, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Black Joy Oregon, and youth-group Latinos Unidos Siempre (LUS).

Fifty years from now people will likely look back on this era through the lens of having seen catastrophic climate changes that we cannot even imagine. Our legacy will likely depend on the level of moral courage we display in this difficult challenge.  

350 Salem OR Co-Coordinator Phil Carver