At 350 Eugene we are eager to usher in a swift transition to clean energy led with the Inflation Reduction Act and build upon the incremental success of COP28.
Locally, we have our work cut out for us as Eugene City Council, led by Climate Mayor Vinis, is poised to bring back a legally defensible electrification ordinance this spring and continue delivering new policies to decarbonize our building stock with building performance standards.
It’s going to be a big lift! But grassroots activists know how to apply the pressure!
As we saw last year, purveyors of dirty energy in the fossil gas industry (and their serfs in elected office) have boatloads of money to delay, distract and misinform consumers. They ignore or dispute the profound health effects of burning fossil gas in homes and pretend they’re part of the clean energy revolution. (Hint: renewable natural gas and hydrogen are expensive and will never replace their product.)
350 Eugene, with our partners, stands ready to engage & educate our community about the overwhelming advantages of electrification and organize resistance to slick methane-messaging. Just watch us!
In addition, 2024 will be the year for enacting durable policies to protect the Pacific Northwest’s most precious climate solution, our massive carbon-storing & sequestering biodiverse Forests! All national forests are reviewing and updating their forest plans this year and we will make sure throughout the public process that they hold fast to the goals of protecting mature and old growth trees. And we'll let you know of opportunities for you to do your part!
Along the way, we’re committed to supporting the brand new Climate Rights campaign, building on the success of Our Children's Trust's case in Montana, to pass state constitutional amendments that will protect air, water and land for future generations, stopping gas expansion in the PNW with the GTN Xpress project, offering workshops to promote personal and community resilience, and passing a bill in the Oregon legislature to divest PERS investments from coal (a no brainer).
A big portion of our 2023 budget was spent with the Eugene Weekly where we sponsored short "Factoids" and longer articles under the header "It Must Be the Climate". The aim to inform readers on important climate related issues as written by community engaged authors. Regretfully, we are learning that the Eugene Weekly must stop their printed paper and will only be available online for now.
We’re making plans for a fun-filled and edgy Earth Day in April. We hope you will plan to join us! Stay tuned.
2024 is going to be a big year. We’re glad to be fighting side by side with you toward a saner, safer and more just clean energy future.
Thanks for considering 350 Eugene in your end-of-year giving.