About Us

Members of 350 Salem OR protest lawless post-fire clearcuts at the State Capitol.

Our Mission

350 Salem OR is a chapter of the international climate justice movement, 350.org. Founded by a loose network of local activists in 2014, our mission is to build an inclusive grassroots movement focused on keeping fossil fuels in the ground, advocating for a just transition to a renewable energy economy, and supporting community-based resilience in response to the climate emergency. Protecting the stability of our climate and adapting to climate change impacts are the most urgent tasks our world faces.

Our Accomplishments

350 Salem OR is committed to real action, not just talk, and we do a lot with few resources.

We have provided a consistent presence during the planning process for the City of Salem. In response to several years of advocacy, a Climate Action Plan (CAP) was included in the city’s Comprehensive Plan. We now have representation on the CAP Task Force.

We coordinate with statewide and regional networks to actively support clean energy legislation and resist fossil fuel exports, along with transport and infrastructure projects, including the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and the Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline.

350 Salem OR prioritizes environmental justice, actively supporting legislation to bring about more equity in our environmental decision-making and processes.

350 Salem OR members joined global protests calling on invested banks to defund the Line 3 tar sands pipeline across the tribal lands of Indigenous peoples.

350 Salem OR Volunteers

Phil Carver, Co-Coordinator
Clair Clark, Co-Coordinator
Roberta (Bobbie) Cade, Co-Coordinator
Sarah Deumling, Secretary and Treasurer

Members include Nan Baker-Kroft, Roberta (Bobbie) Cade, Diane Chavez, Laurie Dougherty (co-founder), Tom Ellis, Lorie Fontaine, Meg Hummon, Teresa Joslin, Nadene LeCheminant, Janet Lorenzen, Carol Mathews-Ayres, Caroline O’Brien, Ray Quisenberry, Meg Rowe, Kendra Schaber, Jim Scheppke and Hans West.

Our Radio Show

Learn more about local climate issues on our monthly radio program, The Elephant in the Room, hosted by 350 member Tom Ellis.

Our Blog

Check out our 350 Salem Blog, with contributions from local 350 volunteers.

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.

I know that each of us is only a small drop in the effort to make the world and our community healthier and more sustainable, but enough small drops will create an ocean.

—Ray Quisenberry, 350 Salem OR Member

The number 350 means climate safety. To preserve a livable planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of over 400 parts per million to below 350 ppm.