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.

Our monthly radio program makes the case for a “Steady Economy.”

On this month’s 350 Salem radio show, The Elephant in the Room, host Tom Ellis talks with Rob Dietz, director of the Post Carbon Institute in Corvallis and co-author of Enough is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources. Dietz counters the argument that a strong economy is one that continues to grow and offers new ways to measure the success of the economy—ways that are healthier for the planet.

Tell Salem City: No more burning of garbage!

Salem has posted a new survey to gather community input on strategies for the city’s Climate Action Plan. It’s easy to participate! Click on ideas you like, add comments for or against strategies, and add ideas that are missing.

Please support the idea to send Salem’s solid waste to the Coffin Butte landfill, rather than to an incinerator. The local Covanta Marion incinerator emits over 160,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases each year. Any credible Climate Action Plan for Salem must include ending the practice of burning our garbage.

Join us for Climate Conversations.

Join us for happy hour the first Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. to build community and talk about local climate action. We meet at the southwest side of Bush Park, near Leffelle and High Street. Bring a lawn chair and your own picnic. (No alcohol is allowed in city parks.) Everyone is welcome! For information, contact us at salem.climate.activists@gmail.com.

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 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.

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.

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