For the first time ever, 350 Sacramento is requesting donations to help us “Up the Game” on climate change.
350 Sacramento is local and grassroots. In the 4 years since the group began, we have hosted speakers and workshops, organized demonstrations, worked with the City of Sacramento on the Cool California Challenge, sponsored a bike team and Eco-home tour, and partnered with other groups in Sacramento and beyond. We keep you informed through email, the 350Sac website, Facebook, and Twitter. We look for ways to have fun while we focus on solutions to the greatest challenge of our time: climate change.
Until this year, 350 Sacramento supported itself entirely through personal donations from a few core members. Our needs were few and our effort entirely volunteer. We recently received our 501c3 designation, which allows us to accept tax-deductible donations. We are ready to grow the organization to do more and do it more effectively.
UPPING THE GAME
This year we realized it was time to “Up the Game.” In May, we hosted Sacramento’s first Town Hall Meeting on Climate Change, which was endorsed by 34 local organizations and attended by 150 people. Together we spent the day listening to speakers—and to one another—and sharing our best ideas for improving regional action on climate change.
Out of the Town Hall discussions we developed an Action Plan that has the potential to take us significantly forward in reducing our carbon emissions. The Plan identifies key local problems and actions—from behavior change to transportation, energy to food and health—and the local organizations working on these issues. Now we are ready to help make these solutions a reality.
To “Up the Game” on climate change we have contracted with part-time organizer Chris Brown, who will help us implement the Action Plan. Chris has experience and training as a community organizer, and will work with volunteers and local organizations to make these action items happen.
In the short time since the Town Hall we’ve already made progress on several Action Plan items. We started a radio show, The Climate Report, on KUBU 96.5 (every Thursday at 5 pm). We opposed oil trains through Sacramento by speaking up at hearings, writing letters, and organizing demonstrations. We hosted George Marshall, author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change, to learn how to better communicate the climate crisis. We organized a workshop with Erik DeKok, author of the City’s Climate Action Plan, to explore the best ways to focus our efforts. But there is much more to do.
We’re moving forward quickly in 2015. On January 27, Jason Barbose from the Union of Concerned Scientists will speak about the largest contributors to greenhouse gas pollution and the path forward to eliminate fossil fuel dependence. Also in early 2015, we’ll launch a local chapter of Climate Parents (which includes grandparents and others who care about future generations) and alert you to opportunities to push our region to become a leader in low-carbon transportation, energy efficiency, and urban agriculture. All this is possible with your support.
THE CLOCK IS TICKING
You know that immediate action is desperately needed to reverse our dependence on fossil fuels and slow climate change. Like the abolitionist, suffrage, and civil rights movements before us, we can change the world. But unlike those movements, time is not on our side. We have only a few years to make the massive changes necessary to avoid the worst of climate change consequences. 350 Sacramento works at all levels—government, industry, individual lifestyle—to do that. And our successes in Sacramento can inspire greater action elsewhere in the state and beyond.
Please donate what you can—your money will be used wisely. Consider becoming a monthly contributor, which will allow us to expand our efforts with the confidence of a stable income. Go to http://www.350sacramento.org to donate through Paypal or send a check to 350 Sacramento at PO Box 161677, Sacramento, CA 95816.
Thank you…for your donation, for your support, and for all you do for the climate.
President, 350 Sacramento
PS. Many people buy carbon credits to offset their emissions for select trips or their entire annual carbon footprint. We’d like to suggest that instead of giving carbon credits to an unknown entity, you give it to 350 Sacramento, your local climate change advocate. Your money will go to an organization you know and trust. We are committed, focused--even obsessed—about tackling climate change. There are many climate credit calculators…an easy one from The Nature Conservancy is found at http://www.nature.org/greenliving/carboncalculator/. Estimate your carbon footprint there. But please give whatever you can.