By Will Bates This is huge. Two weeks ago we joined a diverse coalition to launch an all-out offensive to end fossil fuel subsidies, and we weren’t quite sure how it would turn out. Well, we’ve currently got 958,422 signatures on our combined global petition — almost a million people strong! Will you help
by Joshua Kahn Russel It’s been an active few months for 350.org. We’ve been part of a broad-based movement that has stopped the Keystone XL twice – and we had so much fun doing it, that we’re in the middle of round three after delivering 800,000 messages to congress in just 24 hours. Globally, we’ve been
by May Boeve of 350.org Last week, one of my heroes was profiled in his local paper for helping spearhead a new Transition Town in Sonoma, California. I couldn’t be prouder, since that hero is my dad, Tim Boeve, and Sonoma is the town where I grew up. Sonoma is new to the Transition Town fold, which got its start
by Jamie Henn of 350.org BOSTON — Over 60 people dressed in referee outfits protested outside Sen. Scott Brown’s district office in Boston this afternoon to “blow the whistle” on the unseemly reality that Sen. Brown has taken over $1.9 million from fossil fuel interests since being elected and now supports moves in Congress to
by Bill McKibben Hey everyone, Yesterday was one of the truly fun days in this whole wild year of organizing. We had hundreds of referees outside the Capitol, and we blew our whistles like crazy, and we threw penalty flags, and we had a hell of a good time. My favorite scene, actually, was watching hundreds
by Jamie Henn A startling new study from the Center for Global Development shows that full development of the Canadian Tar Sands would have a devastating effect on global food production, especially in climate vulnerable continents such as Africa. A loss in agricultural productivity due to climate change will affect more than 3 billion people around
by Bill McKibben We’ve been doing our best the last couple of weeks to keep you up-to-date on the machinations about Keystone in Washington. “Our best” in this case has only been so-so, because the whole process has been incredibly confusing. But it seems to be getting a little clearer now. Today the House agreed
Dear friends, 2011 was an unprecedented year for social change. The Arab Spring, the “indignados” of Spain, anti-corruption campaigning in India, Moving Planet, Occupy Wall Street, the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States — on and on I could list the extraordinary citizen mobilizations that have sprung up to challenge the
by May Boeve You know that activism has struck a chord with the public when TIME magazine picks it up. The TIME year-end feature story is always a strong conversation piece, and what a delight to learn that Bill McKibben has been named on the list of “People who mattered” in 2011, and that “the
Friends, What if someone told you we should abandon all hope for global climate action until 2020? Well, that’s exactly the proposal that the United States is pushing at the UN Climate Talks taking place this week in Durban, South Africa. The 2020 delay might well be the worst idea ever. Waiting nine years for
Dear friends, What comes next? That’s the question facing people all across the country — people in the climate movement, people in the Occupy movement, and all of us here at 350.org. Fired up by the momentous victory over the Keystone XL oil pipeline, we know one thing for sure: this movement has momentum, and we
by Juliana Russar Tired of the poor quality of public transportation in São Paulo, 350 partners and participants of the World Car Free Day movement organized a flashmob in the subway for the immediate release of R$ 15 million that has been provided to the Secretary of Transportation in the 2011 budget to make
With song and stories, people around the world are taking to the radio airwaves, sharing the realities of the climate crisis and calling on people to grow the climate movement in the lead up to the 2011 UN Climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa. From today through 2nd December, we’re running an exciting new project
The global climate movement has made some big gains in the last couple of weeks thanks to the effort of organisers in Australia.
You might have heard that just last week, the Australian Lower House of Parliament passed a landmark package of legislation to enact a price on carbon. The legislation now only has to make it past the Senate, which because the Greens hold the balance of power is almost certainly guaranteed. Part of the package includes $10 billion for the establishment of the “Clean Energy Finance Corporation” – in a bid to accelerate the deployment and investment in clean energy projects.
Dear friends —
When we started our campaign to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, we knew the odds were long.
We knew that oil companies had a stranglehold on the political process, that the other side had more lobbyists and money than we could ever dream of. We knew that most analysts and pundits considered the approval of the pipeline to be a foregone conclusion. In short, we knew that we might well lose this fight — and we knew that we had to fight it anyway.
Editor’s Note: This is an email from Bill MicKibben of 350.org I received today that I thought I should pass along. Check it out and share with friends.
By Bill McKibben
The last two weeks have been spectacular.
In Washington DC, phase one of the tar sands campaign has just come to an end, and 1,252 North Americans have been arrested in a massive civil disobedience campaign. This historic groundswell was focused on stopping the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline — but it also sent a larger message that people everywhere are willing to take bold action to move our planet beyond fossil fuels.
By Bill McKibben
Here’s the battle plan we promised—a few hours late, because it’s been a big job wrapping up phase one of this campaign.