Welcome to 350Marin - Climate Change Advocacy in Marin

This is out old website, no longer maintained!

Please visit our new website at 350marin.org!

If you couldn't make it to our "Inspiration from Standing Rock: Getting Active" event on Jan. 27th with Barbara Clifton Zarate, you can see her inspiring talk that night now by clicking HERE.

Now you can see the video of our Aug. 24th event "Eating Our Future, or Feeding Our Health….the Climate Diet Connection" with Dr. Michael Klaper on your computer right HERE...

PLUS...350Marin's youth chapter, part of 350 Bay Area's BAYCA, facebook page, is a completely youth-led group, with the goal of taking action on climate change. Please contact Rose Strauss at rosey.strauss@gmail.com to join/get info or sign-up on the 350 Bay Area website HERE.

AND...Did you miss Bill McKibben and Bay Area Millenials speaking at our packed Oct. 21st event? You can watch it HERE. Also, see what Bill had to say about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at 23:45 into the video.

Check out the new list of Marin Resources for Taking Action on Climate HERE!

Upcoming Actions You Can Do:

Apr. 3 - May 15th: Tell your city and the County of Marin to use 100% Clean Energy! MORE >>

Ongoing: Make it Costly for Banks that Invest in Fossil Fuel Pipelines!! MORE >>

350Marin Members Attend the July 11 Rally Against Crude by Rail

Members of 350Marin joined others from around the Bay Area at a rally and march on July 11 in Richmond to stop the use of Crude by Rail in the Bay Area. The march and rally were in commemoration of the tragedy in Lac Megantic, Quebec, (July 6, 2013), it started at Atchison Village Park in Richmond with a march to the gates of the BNSF/Kinder-Morgan rail terminal.

This mobilization was part of a national Stop Oil Trains Week of Action.


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New York State Fossil Fuel Divestment Act

Broad Coalition of Environmental, Faith, And Community Organizations Urge Action To Fight Climate Change

New York State CapitolNew York State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Assistant Speaker Felix W. Ortiz today announced the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act, which would require the State Comptroller to divest the Common Retirement Fund (CRF) from fossil fuel holdings by 2020. They were joined in this announcement by Bill McKibben, Peter Yarrow and other advocates. The bill also received the endorsement of several environmental, faith, and community organizations, including 350.org, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Citizen Action, New York State Council of Churches, and Clearwater, among others.  A number of supporters recorded short video messages explaining why they believe divestment is vital. All the videos can be viewed here.
“I’m proud to be the sponsor of a bill that would require the New York State pension fund to divest from fossil fuels by 2020,” said Senator Krueger.  “It is critical that we send the message that we are no longer going to invest our public funds in activities that do enormous damage to our environment, not just in New York, not just in the United States, but throughout the world. It’s 2015 – we’re already decades behind where we need to be in addressing climate change.  Divestment is not a silver bullet, but it is one important step among many, and I urge all of my colleagues to support us in passing this bill and demonstrating that New York State can be at the cutting edge of the fight to stop catastrophic climate change.”

Read more at Senator Krueger's website

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Highest Threat from Oil Trains in California Aligned with Race and Income

New Environmental Justice Report Links Dangerous Rail Routes with Census Data

New Environmental Justice Report Links Dangerous Rail Routes with Census DataPublic interest groups today released the Crude Injustice on the Rails report evaluating the disparate threat to people of color and low-income communities from explosions and pollution from crude oil trains in California.

The groups ForestEthics and Communities for a Better Environment evaluated oil train routes and US Census data to determine who was at greatest risk from  pollution and potential oil trains derailments and explosions, like the fatal July 2013 Lac Megantic oil train disaster.

"It's simple, oil trains contribute to environmental racism in California," says Nile Malloy, Northern California Program Director, Communities for a Better Environment. "Environmental justice communities like Richmond and Wilmington that already live with the highest risk are hardest hit. It's time for a just and quick transition to clean energy."

The groups report that Californians of color are more likely to live in the oil train blast zone, the dangerous one-mile evacuation zone in the case of an oil train derailment and fire. While 60 percent of Californians live in environmental justice communities – communities with racial minorities, low income, or non-English speaking households – 80 percent of the 5.5 million Californians with homes in the blast zone live in environmental justice communities. Nine out of ten of California’s largest cities on oil train routes have an even higher rate of discriminatory impact than the state average. In these cities, 82–100 percent of people living in the blast zone are in environmental justice communities.

Learn more and download the full report at forestethics.org

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350 Statement on Michigan v. EPA Ruling


In response to a Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards regulation, 350.org Policy Director Jason Kowalski issued the following statement:

“Today’s ruling throws public health and our climate under the bus for the sake of corporate profits. But the bottom line is: our society is transitioning off fossil fuels and onto renewables, and no number of expensive legal battles will change that. The fossil fuel industry can try as hard as it wants to swim against the tide, but especially facing the power of a growing divestment campaign and a booming renewables sector, it simply won’t win in its attempt to prevent progress.”

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Marin Voice: Marin pension board should invest in climate change

350Marin Steering Committee member Jody Timms of Fairfax, who is also chair of the Divest-Invest Committee had a Marin Voice editorial published in the Marin IJ on June 26. Here are some excerpts. You can read the entire piece online.

We are blessed to live in a county with a rich history of environmental stewardship; we have in Marin many, many “rebels with a cause.”

350Marin is an integral part of the ever-growing local and international climate justice movement and we are adding our voice to those calling on humanity to get deadly serious about the developed world’s fossil-fueled past and present.

We are asking the community and county of Marin to join us in urgently addressing the legacy economic system that would deny us a bold, creative and life-affirming future.

Why is MCERA unwilling to take climate risk seriously?

MCERA is interested in “doing good in the world via impact investing,” but its members are not willing to say no to the world’s major coal, oil and gas companies for whom, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, obituaries are being drafted.

MCERA’s commitment to divestment would make Marin’s voice heard and influence the Bay Area air board and others beyond our shores. There is reason to be hopeful when we note the tremendous progress some regions and nations are achieving.

Let’s hope — no, let’s demand — that MCERA not leave Marin in the past and the community of Marin out tens of millions of dollars.

Future generations deserve the opportunity to carry forth Marin’s legacy of environmental stewardship.

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