350.org group to hit Portland in a huge way this summer
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
More than 200 fans of sound environmental fiduciary practices attended the 350.org film "Do The Math" last fall in Portland.
Portland's 350.org chapter — which would, per the national Bill McKibben-led movement, espouse sustainable investment and fiduciary activism among other pro-environment projects — is prepping for a series of coming-out events this summer.
350 PDX has already exacted change on the community, with organizers testifying at a Portland City Council meeting shortly before Portland Mayor Charlie Hales called for governments to divest their portfolios of fossil fuel holdings.
Portland has had 350.org event-organizing teams since 2009 and a local chapter has mobilized since last October. However, the coming activities, along with the Hales announcement and City Council appearance, mark a more-formal introduction for the 350 PDX members.
As such, the 60-member group wants to make a splash on two high-profile occasions — they're calling the activities "Summer Heat" — in the next two months.
On July 9, members plan to show up en masse to a Department of Environmental Quality hearing on coal exports. The group also plans to host a visit by McKibben on a yet-to-be specified date.
350 PDX counts work groups that focus on government, campus, faith-based and institutional divestment realms. The volunteer-run chapter is exploring organizational development options as it rapidly expands.
Dr. Adriana Voss-Andreae, one of the Portland group’s chapter organizers, said it makes sense that the city would host an active 350 chapter.
“We hope to attract support and membership, including from the sustainable business community, toward making Oregon a leader in a 21st Century fossil-free economy,” said Voss-Andreae. “350 PDX offers Oregonians the opportunity to work together on the most momentous issues of our time.”
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