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This is out old website, no longer maintained!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's First Community Meeting Was a Great Success

Andres_Soto.jpgOver 60 people attended our first Community Meeting featuring Andrés Soto from Richmond.

Andrés gave an informative talk about bomb trains in the East Bay and how we can get involved in actions around the Bay Area.

He talked about the Lac-Mégantic runaway train and derailment in Quebec in July 2013 that killed almost 50 people and turned the town into a toxic waste area, and other bomb train derailments since then.

Here in the Bay Area, the bomb trains would pass through Sacramento, the East Bay and through the Central Valley on their way to refineries in Richmond and San Luis Obispo.

There are actions coming up that you can get involved in:

June 20 - Refinery Corridor Healing Walk #3 - from Benicia to Rodeo

July 11 - March & Rally to Stop Oil Trains in Richmond - March to Kinder Morgan oil train terminal
Download flyers for this event - English  Spanish

There was lots of great energy in the room for making this world better for us and future generations. Thanks to all who were there to make it a success.

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350.org Statement on the Release of Pope Francis’ Encyclical

350.org Executive Director, May Boeve, issued the following statement on the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment:

The Pope’s moral call to action is crystal clear: it’s time to move away from fossil fuels and towards a clean energy future. By putting the climate crisis in spiritual and moral terms, Pope Francis has focused a spotlight on the ethical and economic shift we urgently need in order to prevent catastrophic climate change and tackle growing inequality. There’s no doubt this letter will add momentum to the millions of institutions, elected officials, and people across our planet calling for action on climate change. Today, it’s clearer than ever that the end of the fossil fuel era is upon us — and so too, we hope, the end of the era of rising poverty and inequality. The Pope’s call only hastens our transition to a clean energy future, adding even more momentum to the fast-growing movement to divest from fossil fuels.

The encyclical, “On Care for Our Common Home,” makes explicit the connection between climate change and oppression of the poorest and most vulnerable.


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350Marin at Fairfax EcoFest

350Marin shared a booth at the 2015 Fairfax EcoFest with Sunrise Center and Lori Grace. We had a lot of fun and great conversations about the challenges of  climate change and what we can do about it here in Marin and beyond.

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Letter to the Editor in Marin IJ by 350Marin Steering Committee Member

Jolon Timms, a 350Marin Steering Committee member, had a letter to the editor published Monday, June 15. The letter was in response to an earlier Marin IJ article Climate change activists urge Marin officials to dump fossil fuel stock investments. The article quoted 350Marin Steering Committee members Jody Timms and Ken Jones.

Climate protection should be fiduciary responsibility?

The IJ’s reporter seems to have misheard the arguments made by 350Marin members to the Marin County Employee Retirement Association board on Wednesday since he quotes the board’s policy on “fiduciary duties” to explain to us why the pension fund has refused to divest from fossil fuel companies.

With unprecedented geopolitical agreement on emissions reductions coming this December at COP 21, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, failure to divest will represent a failure on the part of the Marin pension trustees to uphold their fiduciary duties as coal, oil and gas stock will dramatically drop in value and become stranded assets.

On June 5, the Norwegian Parliament, which oversees the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund at $890 billion, voted to pull billions of dollars of coal investments, no doubt because of the threat of climate change and the current undesirability of coal stock.

We must pause and ask ourselves: Is MCERA taking climate risk seriously? Will its trustees be vulnerable to litigation against them when fossil fuel investments crash and the pension is out tens of millions of dollars? Are the trustees being willfully ignorant of the facts? Trustees around the world, Stanford University, Oxford University and others have decided to divest.

Do those trustees not have an even greater “fiduciary duty” managing larger funds than Marin’s pension fund?

MCERA board members need to wake up, smell the exhaust and fulfill their fiduciary duties by divesting.

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G7 Strengthens the Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment and Keeping Carbon in the Ground


Reaction from 350.org to the G7 announcement today

G7 leaders released a climate communique today that lacks in crucial details, but the broad strokes of which will help strengthen the case for fossil fuel divestment and keeping coal, oil and gas in the ground.

“The G7 is sending a signal that the world must move away from fossil fuels, and investors should take notice,” said 350.org executive director May Boeve. “If you’re still holding onto fossil fuel stocks, you’re betting on the past. As today’s announcement makes clear, the future belongs to renewables.”

The agreement affirms the need to decarbonize the global economy over the course of the century, decarbonizing the G7’s own energy sectors by 2050. Decarbonization should proceed at a faster pace, but even the current targets will require a massive shift of investments away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. The 2050 target also acknowledges the importance of rich countries leading this transition while providing the resources necessary for developing countries to leapfrog dirty energy sources. As resources flow in the right direction, and the price of renewables continues to drop, the world must get off fossil fuels completely as soon as possible.

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