Stand Up. Speak Out. Act.

350 Salem OR is a grassroots organization composed of everyday people taking action for a stable climate and sustainable planet.

First order of business? Rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline permit.

Day One: President Joseph Biden has rejoined the Paris climate agreement and has pledged to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit. He has elevated tackling the climate crisis as one of his highest priorities, saying in his inaugural address, “A cry for survival comes from the planet itself.”

Help shape Salem’s Climate Action Plan!

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 2050. The CAP Task Force is hoping to hear from you. Share your ideas about how to increase renewable energy, reduce emissions from transportation, increase energy efficiency, reduce food waste, encourage climate justice and more.

Want some ideas? Check out these great suggestions from 350 Salem OR.

Transportation is the key to limiting Salem’s emissions.

Driving is responsible for more than half of Salem’s greenhouse gas emissions. In a guest opinion in the Statesman Journal, land use and transportation planner Bob Cortright tells us how the city’s upcoming strategic plan, “Our Salem,” can turn this around.

Scientific American: An OSU professor offers solutions to our climate emergency.

Last year, researchers at Oregon State University led a group of 11,000 scientists worldwide to declare a climate emergency.

The Climate Emergency: 2020 in Review, whose lead author is OSU Professor William Ripple, says the climate emergency is accelerating more rapidly than most scientists anticipated, and climate chaos now threatens both the biosphere and humanity. Here’s what we can do about it.

The planet cares about your wine selection.

Our 350 radio show, The Elephant in the Room, featured Mimi Casteel, a local holistic vintner. Learn about Permaculture Practices at Bethel Heights Winery, where owners seek to grow grapes and make wine without harming their vibrant landscape.

How do we get to ‘net zero’ emissions in Salem? 350 Salem has some answers.

350 Salem submitted comments on the city’s comprehensive plan, “Our Salem.” Here’s how our city can meet its ‘Net Zero’ goal through effective city planning.

Learn more about 350 Salem’s involvement in the city’s new Climate Action Plan and watch for opportunities to stay involved.

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.

A new state report names Salem’s climate vulnerabilities.

The state is experiencing higher temperatures, more severe wildfires and droughts that pose special risks for our most vulnerable citizens. Here’s what the report says about Salem. Read the entire report.

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