350 Philadelphia is initiating a series of informal "Climate Conversations," in which one of our volunteers visits a home, place of worship, or other gathering space to facilitate small, informal conversations about participants’ personal choices and concerns related to climate change. These conversations are designed to support participants to build community, find people with similar … Continue reading Would you like to host a climate conversation?
You know how important the upcoming elections are! And you may already be supporting local candidates, or calling and writing letters for candidates around the country. We want to share some great opportunities for volunteer work that will help elect two climate champions right here in the Philadelphia area: Kristin Seale and Danielle Friel Otten. Kristin and Danielle … Continue reading Help Elect Climate Champions to the PA Legislature!
The proposed SEPTA gas-to-electric power plant. We’ve spoken at SEPTA board meetings, met with SEPTA management, gone door-to-door canvassing neighbors, educated politicians, convinced over 50 organizations of our perspective, and yet, our transit agency is set on building this plant. With assistance from expert advisors, volunteers at 350 Philly have written several reports and memos … Continue reading Citizen research on SEPTA’s Proposed Gas Plant
On November 17th, amidst chants of protest from an audience of more than 50 supporters of Fossil Free SEPTA, SEPTA Board voted to approve the plan for a natural gas power plant in Nicetown. We are grateful to everyone who came out to join our public filibuster! Since so many people packed the board room, … Continue reading SEPTA’s November Board meeting
At their recent sustainability open house on August 30th, SEPTA displayed their top 13 goals for the economy, community and the natural environment on poster boards, as part of their SEPTAinable 2020 initiative. But we learned quickly that there was only so much that could be gleaned from simply looking at these boards. First of all, we commend … Continue reading SEPTA Open House: Are We There Yet?
Earlier this week, PennFuture hosted the event Standards for Cleaner Air: A Public Roundtable on Transportation Emissions in Philadelphia, a panel on green transportation that included keynote speaker State Rep. Donna Bullock (D-Philadelphia) and panelists moderated by Rob Altenburg, director of PennFuture's Energy Center for Enterprise and the Environment. Panelists included: Erik Johanson, director of … Continue reading Lessons from Penn Future’s Transportation Roundtable
Two new developments. One in Santiago Chile and one in the Netherlands. The public transit agency of Santiago, Chile's has signed two big agreements with solar and wind energy developers, which will mean that Santiago's subway system will “run on 60 per cent renewable energy” as of 2018. It sounds like their Metro system is quite … Continue reading All aboard, on the renewables train…
On a warm Wednesday evening in May, a school cafeteria in Nicetown was filled with members of the community. They’d all come to hear the 350 Philadelphia team explain the proposed gas power plant at SEPTA's nearby Midvale Bus Depot. We’d read about this plan last fall, in articles by State Impact, the Inquirer and … Continue reading The people gather…
Have you read Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything" or seen her recent article on why #blacklivesmatter? To change everything, this movement is gonna take everybody. (Don't take my word for it, more than 400,000 people agree) But what are we actually talking about? Once we get past the boring math-based logic about carbon budgets and … Continue reading If the Climate Crisis is a Lemon, a Just Transition is the Lemonade
Earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo paved the way for sustainability and modern social justice with an unprecedented ban on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. “I’ve never had anyone say to me, ‘I believe fracking is great,’ ” he said. “Not a single person in those communities. What I get is, ‘I … Continue reading NY Banned Fracking: Why PA Should Celebrate