A new local chapter of the internationally prominent 350.org movement is taking root in Humboldt. 350.org is a global, grassroots climate movement dedicated to holding our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice.
The number “350” refers to the safe concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. To avoid catastrophic climate change, the amount of atmospheric CO2 must be below 350 parts per million (ppm). Since September 2016, however, the world average has remained consistently above 400 ppm. This numerical target is the core of 350.org’s message: to achieve carbon reduction by uniting ordinary citizens to work toward a just, prosperous, and equitable low-carbon world.
To achieve these goals, 350.org uses three primary tactics:
1. Keep carbon in the ground;
2. Help build a new, more equitable low-carbon economy; and
3. Pressure governments into limiting emissions.
350.org’s work is guided by the following principles:
1. Climate justice, which means listening to the communities who are receiving the worst impacts of climate change, and following their leadership;
2. Collaboration, including the forging of alliances between environmentalists, student, business owners, faith groups, labor unions, universities, etc.; and
3. A belief in the power of mass mobilizations, which demonstrate our power as a movement and force our governments to make the right decisions.
What is a 350 Local Group?
Local affiliate groups are not financially or legally tied to 350.org, but are all committed to building a global climate movement that embodies the basic principles in the 350 organizing manifesto.
According to the manifesto, 350 affiliate groups should behave as global citizens. Local groups must try to think and act as global citizens by transforming our local communities in ways that align with global efforts. 350 groups must be committed to inclusivity, empowerment, and non-violence.
Creativity and creative use of technology are key to 350’s work. While an understanding of science is important, stories are what make the movement powerful.
About 25 people came to 350 Humboldt’s first formal meeting in early January. Clean energy and climate education were chosen as two initial focus topics, and sub-groups will meet to discuss ways to take action on these issues.
350 Humboldt needs your help to get off the ground! There are many ways to get involved—help shape the direction of climate action in Humboldt. Join the conversation at 350 Humboldt’s next general meeting, February 7 at 5 p.m. Contact 350Humboldt@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook for updates! www.facebook.com/350humboldt