When we join together, we can do so much. Since our founding in 2013, 350 Seattle has accomplished far more than we knew we could at the start (see below!) — stopping major fossil fuel projects around the region, and changing the narrative and our collective future, by pushing for the bold climate solutions we need. With your help, we’ll be unstoppable — and we need to be!
How do we do this work day in and day out, facing such grave threats?
Here are just a few of our accomplishments so far:
We’ve helped to hold the “thin green line” — a term coined by the Sightline Institute to describe this region, which sits between the largest energy markets in the world and all the coal, oil, and gas extracted from the middle of North America. Working in coalition, we’ve helped to:
- Defeat Vancouver, WA Tesoro-Savage oil-by-rail terminal, which would have been the world’s largest oil export terminal
- Pressure the Anacortes Shell to abandon its plans to build a rail spur to accept explosive fracked Bakken crude by rail
- Push Northwest Innovation Works to abandon the Tacoma methanol proposal (we’re still working on Kalama!)
- Push the Army Corps of Engineers to reject the Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal near Bellingham out of respect for the Lummi treaty rights
- Defeat the Longview oil refinery and coal terminal
- Push Puget Sound Energy to develop a plan to shut down the coal-burning Colstrip units 1 and 2
- Defeat the Grays Harbor oil terminal
We’ve used highly creative direct actions to draw attention to the need to end fossil fuel expansion, especially by:
- Helping to lead the #ShellNo! Coalition to shut down Shell’s drilling in the Arctic. Our amazing land and kayak actions across the region were seen globally….and resulted in Shell pulling out of the Arctic; they likely also influenced Obama’s later ban on most Arctic drilling.
- Spearheading the Break Free mobilization in Anacortes, WA 2016, which included a 3-day People’s Climate Conference in Anacortes; an indigenous-led march that was attended by over 1,500 people; and an oil-train blockade that lasted for 48 hours.
- Working with local Native leaders to fight such expansion by drawing attention to the banks financing the Dakota Access Pipeline and major tar sands pipelines. It’s not every group that can turn out over a thousand people to a…City Council Finance Committee meeting.
We’ve also helped lead fossil fuel divestment efforts in Seattle that resulted in
- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation divesting most of its holdings from fossil fuels
- The City of Seattle voting to end its $3 billion banking contract with Wells Fargo due to the bank’s funding of the Dakota Access Pipeline (due to limited options, the City is now exploring a public bank…and we’re part of that too)
As a member of the Trump Proof Coalition, we persuaded the Seattle City Council to pass a high earners income tax; this was challenged, and we expect the state Supreme Court to overturn the crippling law that says cities can’t have their own income tax.
We fought for and won a King County ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure—making us by far the largest jurisdiction nationwide to have such a ban. At the moment, a 6-month moratorium is in force, and the KC Council is drafting legislation to make it permanent.
We created the first-ever estimate of Amazon’s shipping emissions, and we supported Amazon tech workers in organizing over 8,000 of their co-workers to pressure the company for a comprehensive climate justice plan. Amazon has responded with a commitment to finally disclose its carbon footprint, and to reduce its emissions….but it’s nowhere near enough, so they’re still fighting. Over 1200 Amazon workers are expected to take part in the 9/20 #ClimateStrike.
And along with our partner Got Green, we fought for and won the passage of Seattle Green New Deal resolution — which is just the first step in a multi-year fight to eliminate climate pollution by 2030, address historical injustices, and create thousands of good jobs. Oh, and a second step too: City Attorney Pete Holmes has already agreed to our demand to sue the fossil fuel industry!
And we’ve helped rewrite some stories—the one about fracked gas being somehow a “bridge fuel”, or “natural” anywhere but deep underground; the one about these projects being “inevitable”; and most of all, the one about how “powerless” we are in the face of political paralysis, or the enormity of climate change.
Join us, and let’s see how much more we can do! And please…become a monthly sustainer today.
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