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.

Help keep Salem’s Climate Action Plan on track!

Salem city planners have invited the community to offer input on Salem’s new Climate Action Plan. Unfortunately, the plan so far seems primarily focused on climate resilience rather than prevention. Tell city planners we shouldn’t get side-tracked by focusing on adaptation. Rather, we need to put our energies into developing strategies to achieve zero emissions in order to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Let city planners know we need to shift the focus to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, not learning to live with climate chaos.

Learn more about Salem’s Climate Action Plan.

Oregon’s newest Senator speaks to need for climate action.

350 Salem OR endorsed environmental champion Deb Patterson in her race for Oregon’s Senate District 10. After two sessions of Republican walkouts from the legislature to deny a quorum for voting on statewide climate action, we know how important it is to have people like Deb Patterson in the legislature. 

“Oregon’s natural resources are bountiful, but not limitless, and we need to do what we can to address global climate change,” Patterson says. She plans to work for “a clean energy economy that protects our environment.”

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 expert lays out roadmap for achieving Salem’s carbon neutral goals.

Our 350 radio show, The Elephant in the Room, featured Casey Kopcho, a planning commissioner with the City of Salem and an expert in climate science.

Kopcho discusses the recent carbon reduction goals established by the Salem City Council. Learn more about how individuals, civic groups, businesses, farmers, city planners and designers of mass transit plans can work together to achieve these goals.

Protect the Columbia River Gorge!

The Columbia River and Gorge are national treasures, but the fossil fuel industry has viewed them as a corridor for transporting coal, oil and gas from extraction sites in the interior to processing plants and shipping ports on the West Coast. Help Columbia Riverkeeper take action to protect the Gorge from new threats.

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) 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