Want to learn more about 350 Wisconsin? Watch the video of our annual meeting to hear about exciting developments, including:
* Our rebranding as 350 Wisconsin in recognition of the statewide reach of our work; and
* Our establishment of a separate 501(c)(4) organization — 350 Wisconsin Action — to allow us to engage in political and electoral work.
You’ll also hear about the 350 Wisconsin vision, mission, and principles for change; our commitment to center climate justice in our work; and our campaigns, and you’ll meet our staff and candidates for our Board of Directors and Coordinating Council.
You can find the slides from the monthly meeting here. Watch the full video below.
In an extremely polarized political environment, it is crucial to get bipartisan buy-in on policies advancing clean energy, emission reductions, and climate justice. Scott Coenen speaks about how 350 Wisconsin can effectively engage with conservative legislators and voters about clean energy and the climate crisis. Scott is the executive director of Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum, a group dedicated to advancing a conservative vision for clean and renewable energy in our state.
You can find the slides from the monthly meeting here. Watch the full video below. The introduction to Scott’s presentation begins at the 2:47 mark, and the presentation itself, at 4:36.
Paul DeMain (Skabewis) talks about Tribal Ecological Knowledge and the work of Honor the Earth, a Minnesota Indigenous-led environmental advocacy and re-granting organization. A citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and of Ojibwe descent, Paul lives near Hayward, Wisconsin, on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation. He is the former editor of News from Indian Country (published from 1986 to 2019), a producer for IndianCountryTV.com, and currently board chair for Honor the Earth.
You can find Paul’s slides here. Watch the full April monthly meeting video below. Paul’s presentation begins at the 3:14 mark.
Climate change can be a communication challenge: When we bring it up as a topic of conversation or the focus of a policy campaign, we are contending with a cacophony of other voices and people’s existing beliefs and values. How can we speak so that others can hear? What messages and communication strategies will enable us to mobilize more people to work on climate? Listen to Jane Elder speak about strategies for effective communication around the climate crisis (starting at 3:33).
James Janko of Veterans for Peace speaks about militarism and the climate crisis, including the environmental impact of F-35s. Here’s an excerpt from what Jim, a medic in Vietnam, has written about why he joined the Veterans for Peace Climate Crisis & Militarism Project:
“In Viet Nam, I saw first-hand the destruction in the Cu Chi and Tay Ninh countryside, the forests and fields razed by bombs and defoliants, the land seemingly stripped of all life for as far as the eye could see. Sometimes I felt we were fighting the earth itself…. The destruction occurring because of climate change dwarfs the almost indescribable devastation I witnessed in Viet Nam. No organization in the world emits more greenhouse gases than the Pentagon. For this reason, issues of militarism and the consequences of militarism need to be at the forefront of the climate movement.”
Watch the full video below. Jim’s presentation begins at the 3:35 mark.
If you missed the January monthly meeting, watch the video to learn how 350 Madison is taking action for climate and how YOU can get involved! Volunteers from each of 350 Madison’s teams share what it’s like to make a difference for the climate and 350 Madison. If you’ve been around a long time, this is a great way to learn more about the 350 Madison initiatives that you are less involved in. If you’re new, this is your chance to find something that matches your interest and energy to make a difference. Find the slides for the monthly meeting here. Watch the full video below.
Three Wisconsin experts in climate change, sustainability, and clean energy share their experience working at the city, county, and state level in this panel discussion. The panel features these speakers:
* Kathy Kuntz, Director of the Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change
* Jessica Price, Madison Sustainability & Resilience Manager
* Maria Redmond, Director of the Wisconsin Office of Sustainability & Clean Energy
Find the slides for the monthly meeting here. Watch the full video below (the panel discussion begins at 8:25).
Emily Park, field organizer with 350 US, gives an overview of the new Fossil Free Federal Reserve campaign. The campaign is demanding that President Biden nominate a climate advocate to chair the Federal Reserve System, and that the Fed use its regulatory powers to limit the funding of fossil fuel companies and projects. Emily explains how this campaign ties in with federal legislation, the campaign against Chase Bank and other big funders of fossil fuels, and similar efforts around the world. Find the slides for the monthly meeting here. Watch the full video below (Emily’s talk begins at 20:34).
Indi Namkoong, coalition manager for 350PDX, recounts the remarkable story of the Portland Clean Energy Fund. This first-ever clean energy fund for climate justice was established by a successful ballot measure passed by 65% of Portland voters in November 2018. It provides dedicated funding for climate action that advances racial and social justice, generating and distributing $44–$61 million in new revenue each year. Funds come from a 1% surcharge on the largest corporate retail chains in Portland. Find the slides for the monthly meeting here. Watch the full video below (Indi Namkoong’s talk begins at 13.40).
Morgan Edwards speaks about how we can use new data and models to understand the effects of state and local climate actions in the US. We hear about the global significance of climate commitments from cities, states, and other non-federal actors — and how collaboration between researchers, policymakers, and community groups can help make sure these commitments lead to real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The talk draws on research on fossil fuel phaseout from the UW–Madison Climate Action Lab. Morgan Edwards is an assistant professor at UW–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs and the founder and director of the Climate Action Lab. We also hear about opportunities to take action from 350 Madison’s campaigns. Find the slides for the monthly meeting here. Watch the full video below (Morgan Edwards’ talk begins at 9:20).
Katie Cantrell speaks about how we can help transform the way we eat by making plant-based foods the default in restaurants and workplaces, at conferences and parties, and in our own homes. Cantrell is the Director of Corporate Outreach for the Better Food Foundation and the founder of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition. Find the slides for the monthly meeting here. Watch the full video below.
Wisconsinites who were present at the June 5–8 Treaty People Gathering in northern Minnesota share stories of their experiences and urge all of us to take action, at home or on the frontlines, to #StopLine3. Find the slides here. Watch the full video below.
Four 350 Madison members who participated in the Nehemiah Center’s Justified Anger class “Black History for a New Day” this spring talk about the experience and the ways it will contribute to their future work for climate justice. Find the monthly meeting slides here. Watch the full monthly meeting below.
The global movement to divest from fossil fuels is the biggest movement of its kind in history. A panel featuring students active in the UW Divestment Coalition and 350 Madison divestment activists discuss campus divestment, personal divestment, and the campaign to get Chase Bank to defund Line 3. Find the monthly meeting slides here. Watch the full monthly meeting below.
Samantha Williams, director of the Midwest Climate and Clean Energy Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council, talks about the policies that Wisconsin can adopt now at state and local levels to kickstart the transition away from using fossil fuels in our buildings. Find the monthly meeting slides here and Samantha’s slides here. Watch the full monthly meeting below.
Leaders from each of 350 Madison’s teams give an overview of what they’re doing — and what we can do — to fight climate change:
– Tar Sands, which fights pipelines in Wisconsin;
– Divest & Defund, which pressures large financial institutions to stop financing fossil fuel companies;
– Community Climate Solutions, which works with local governments across Dane County to achieve climate goals; and
– Climate Justice, which works to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on frontline communities and to develop fair and equitable solutions to the climate crisis.
Also learn about 350 Madison’s 2021–22 strategic plan. You’ll find the slides from the meeting here. Watch the full monthly meeting below.
Janet Schmidt and Greg Fries from the Madison Engineering Department talk about climate trends and proposed changes to Madison’s stormwater ordinance. You can see the PowerPoint presentation here and listen to the entire program below: