Want to know what a county can do to address climate change? Listen to Dane County Executive Joe Parisi talk about Dane County’s strategies for reducing countywide emissions. He speaks about strategies for reducing emissions in county operations, as well as efforts to spur emission reductions across local governments, businesses, nonprofits, and households in the county. Find out how Dane County leads by example.

An advocate for the “art of the possible,” Executive Parisi reviews specific strategies that any county in Wisconsin could implement. First elected as county executive in 2011, Joe established the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change in 2017. In 2020, Dane County issued a Climate Action Plan that sets forth the path for cutting countywide emissions in half by 2030, all without new policy authority.

You can find the slides from the monthly meeting here. Watch the full video below. Executive Parisi’s presentation begins at 8:08.

One of the biggest roadblocks to passing good climate legislation in Wisconsin is political polarization. How do we engage a coalition of people — moving beyond just one side of the aisle — to enact the policies we need to address the climate crisis?

At the 350 Wisconsin September 2022 monthly meeting, we heard from Nada Elmikashfi, a new member of our Board of Directors. Nada spoke about how to move policy proposals into legislation. Drawing on her experience in the legislature and as an organizer, she talked about creating climate policy from the ground up. Climate policy can go beyond partisanship, she said, when it draws on the lived experiences of those it impacts, when it’s created in the spirit of inclusive discourse, and when it’s delivered in accessible language.

You can find the slides from the monthly meeting here. Watch the full video below. Nada’s presentation begins at 9:34.

What are youth leaders and organizations doing on climate justice locally? How has the youth climate movement evolved since the climate strikes of 2019? Noemy Lesieutre, a recent graduate of West High School in Madison, Wisconsin, speaks about the diversity of youth climate activism and the things that give her hope. Noemy is an active volunteer with 350 Wisconsin and the director of In Pursuit of Sunshine (IPOS; inpursuitofsunshine.org). IPOS’s mission is to build on the power of local change while centering climate justice, intersectionality, and community. Over the past three years, IPOS has developed a climate justice high school course, hosted events, created a radio show (devilradio927.com/series/in-pursuit-of-sunshine), led campaigns, and organized community gardens because they believe “it is our responsibility to take care of our community.” Above all, they have created a network of community leaders.

Watch a video about IPOS — “Regenerating Education: A Journey with In Pursuit of Sunshine” — here.

You can find the slides from the monthly meeting here. Watch the full video below. Noemy’s presentation begins at 9:55.

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.

Maria Redmond, Director of the Wisconsin Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy, speaks about the recently released report of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change. The 100-page report outlines best strategies for tackling the climate crisis across nine sectors, from climate justice, transportation, and agriculture, to education, food systems, and forestry. Maria gives an overview of the report and offers guidance on how we can help ensure that task force strategies are implemented. You’ll find Maria’s slides here. Watch the full monthly meeting, including Maria’s talk and updates on 350 Madison campaigns, below.
Kate Beaton, a member of the Eau Claire City Council, explains how we can act locally on climate now, making sure our community leaders deliver on their climate promises. We also hear updates on pipeline resistance and the movement to defund Line 3 and other pipelines and view a PBS Climate Wisconsin video on extreme heat, which you can watch on the PBS series website here. You’ll find Kate’s slides here. Watch the full monthly meeting, including Kate’s talk, below.
Especially in this time of social distancing and quarantine, social media is playing an even more important role to create awareness and inspire our community to build a strong climate movement in Wisconsin. Laurie DeRuntz, Social Media Marketer, shares practical tips on how to make our communication even more effective to reach our existing audience and gain new supporters. You’ll find Laurie’s slides here. Watch the full monthly meeting, including Laurie’s talk, below.
Gail Nordheim, President of 350 Madison’s Board of Directors, addresses the current status of the climate crisis, its disproportionate impacts on the poor and communities of color, and the relationship between COVID-19 and climate change. Watch Gail’s talk below.
Sam Grant, veteran community organizer and executive director of MN350, speaks about the critical need for climate activists to address racial justice. Watch Sam’s talk below or watch the entire monthly meeting here.
Learn all about 350 Madison’s Green Wave Get Out the Vote (GOTV) initiative. Find out how you can get involved in helping increase turnout in this critical election! Check out the slides from the meeting here.
Seth Jensen, leader of the 350 Madison Divest and Defund team, shares his insights on the growing Stop the Money Pipeline national movement and its relationship to our divestment and pipeline campaigns in Wisconsin. Also, meet 350 Madison’s new volunteer coordinator, Nikki Darga, and get updates on our three teams and our climate justice activities this summer. Here’s the complete video of the meeting:
Gary Radloff, principal at the Radloff Group, discusses why climate policy reform and energy democracy require opening up public service commissions to the public. See Gary’s presentation slides here. The Q&A from the program is here. And here’s the complete video of the meeting:

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: