Stand Up. Speak Out. Act.

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

Help shape Salem’s future!

You are invited to offer input on Salem’s comprehensive plan, Our Salem. City staff are holding weekly online Policy Meetings on topics important to our future, including goals related to climate. The meetings are held Wednesdays at noon, and repeated at 5:30 p.m. Topics include transportation, parks and recreation, and natural resources and the environment.

Want to create a “food forest” in your yard?

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.

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.

Salem aims for net zero emissions by 2050. Here’s how we can get there.

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 recently submitted 10 Proposed Strategies for Benefit-Cost Analysis by Climate Action Plan Consultants to City Councilors. Learn more about Salem’s Climate Action Plan.

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.

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