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.
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.
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 was included in the city’s Comprehensive Plan. We now have representation on the CAP Task Force. Our members have organized workshops on solar energy and other topics and actively support clean energy legislation.
We coordinate with statewide and regional networks to resist fossil fuel export, along with transport and infrastructure projects, including the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and the Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline.
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.
350 Salem OR shares goals and collaborates with other Oregon 350 chapters, and supports regional and international climate action organizations.
350.org is a global coalition composed of local grassroots chapters in 188 countries.
Renew Oregon is a coalition of businesses and workers, healthcare professionals, parents, farmers and ranchers, faith groups, community organizations and individuals coming together to move Oregon toward a clean energy economy.
Clean Air Now Coalition works to transition away from burning garbage in the local Covanta/Marion incinerator. 350 Salem OR is a coalition member, and together we envision a zero-waste economy with affordable and responsible waste disposal and clean air.
Climate Solutions is a Pacific Northwest organization pushing clean energy solutions to the climate crisis.
350 Oregon has climate action chapters in Portland, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, Bend, Deschutes and along the Oregon coast.
Keep It in the Ground Coalition is a statewide coalition of grassroots organizations committed to reducing carbon levels in the atmosphere.
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