Stand Up. Speak Out. Act.

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

350 Salem protests in support of Indigenous peoples.

350 Salem protest at Chase Bank on May 7

350 Salem OR members joined global protests calling on invested banks to defund the Line 3 tar sands pipeline. We support Indigenous peoples who are asking for our help in protecting their lands and waterways in Minnesota. They are taking direct action to stop the construction of this toxic, climate-destroying project, locking themselves inside sections of pipe and blockading entrances to construction sites, and hundreds have been arrested.

Learn more at Honor the Earth and Stop the Money Pipeline, and tell President Biden to stop Line 3.

Help protect what’s left in our vulnerable post-fire forests!

Hundreds of live, old-growth trees are being lawlessly clearcut in our local canyons.

350 Salem OR members protested reckless post-fire clearcuts at the “Rally to Protect What’s Left” at the State Capitol. Green trees, with little or no fire scars, are among stacks of enormous old trees along roadways near Opal Creek, Breitenbush River and elsewhere. ODOT’s post-fire logging has given rise to a tangle of lies, fraud and incompetence.

Ask Governor Brown to suspend ODOT’s hazard tree removal program until an independent, full investigation can be made.

Join LCDC’s Community Conversation about climate friendly communities.

Tuesday, May 25
6:30—8:30 p.m.
Pre-registration required

The Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) is strengthening their transportation and house planning rules—and seeking public input from a broad group of community members. The new rules will be especially significant for Salem and other larger urban areas. They are intended to help meet Oregon’s new greenhouse gas reduction goals while increasing housing choice and creating more equitable outcomes for community members.

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.

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

Under Salem’s new Climate Action Plan, 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 our city’s developing Climate Action Plan.

What does Gaia Theory say about climate change?

Catch our 350 radio program, The Elephant in the Room, to hear biologist Martin Ogle talk about Gaia Theory in relation to climate change. Gaia Theory, which holds that Earth’s physical and biological processes are inextricably bound to form a self-regulating system, is more relevant than ever in light of increasing concerns about global climate change. The program is hosted by 350 member Tom Ellis.

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.

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 depend on the level of moral courage we display in this difficult challenge.  

350 Salem OR Co-Coordinator Phil Carver