June Open Meeting – 6/18/2019

June Open Meeting – 6/18/2019

June 18, 2019 @ 6:50 pm – 8:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Ave, Austin, Texas 78756

The more we learn, the more we realize how urgent the work that lies before us. Join us as team lead Danny Fetonte lays out the philosophy and critical details of our strategic approach to Closing Fayette Coal Plant asap. Board member Bobby Levinski will update us on behind-the-scenes meetings that are moving us forward.

Following the short presentations, we will be breaking up into working groups: Divestment team; petition training; planning the Global Climate Strike happening 9/20/19; volunteer “fair”; and more!

PLEASE BRING SNACKS and/or BEVERAGES to share!!

If you are on Facebook, use this link to RSVP and invite friends.

350 Austin Reading Group – 5/28/2019

350 Austin Reading Group – 5/28/2019

May 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm at Cepeda Branch Library
651 N Pleasant Valley Rd
Austin, TX 78702

Join us for a lively, stimulating, and often deep discussion with some really interesting people!

Sometimes I wonder if we should rename this group “The Guardian article discussion group”. The British daily newspaper The Guardian has become the world’s premier source of influential articles on climate change. Even American journalists such as Bill Moyers are getting their voice heard through The Guardian. At this month’s 350 reading group meeting, we will discuss two of the many articles on climate change that were published by The Guardian in just the past week.
Of course, you can come without doing any of this reading just to enjoy the discussion. I will summarize the main arguments in the articles for everyone – but the articles aren’t that long and are well worth the read.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/24/climate-crisis-global-strike
(a call for a global climate strike on Sept 20th)

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/22/climate-crisis-ed-murrow-bill-moyers

As usual, we will meet on the final Tuesday of the month, from 7:00pm to
8:30pm on May 28th at the Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N Pleasant
Valley Rd, Austin.

Everyone attending will be loved!

If you’re on Facebook use this link to RSVP and invite friends!

Hope to see you there,
Mike Ignatowski


Urgent City Council Resolutions – 5/9/2019

Urgent City Council Resolutions – 5/9/2019

May 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St, Austin Texas 78701

A GREEN NEW DEAL for Austin and ELECTRIFICATION of transportation!! Items #19 & #20 (sponsored by CMs Leslie Pool and Alison Alter) are on the Council Agenda. We need lots of people there to support these resolutions.

Press conference is at 9 a.m. Items #19 and #20 are expected to be discussed in the earlier part of the day.

Link to text: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/city-council/2019/20190509-reg.htm#019

If you’re on Facebook, follow this link to RSVP and invite friends.

May Open Meeting – 5/21/2019

May Open Meeting – 5/21/2019

May 21, 2019 @ 6:50 pm – 8:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Ave, Austin, Texas 78756

Dr. Jules Elkinsa professor at the University of Texas in the Department of Geography and the Environment, will be presenting a talk on the toxins associated with energy production and their impact on the neurological development of children. Her presentation is part of our campaign to close the Fayette Coal Plant (FCP) and move us away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible.

Second, if you have been collecting signatures on our petition to Austin City Council, please bring those to the meeting and give them to Danny Fetonte or Bobbie Tsukahara.  

Third, in addition to our usual collection to support 350 Austin’s work, we will be taking a special donation for Earth Day Austin.  They sustained heavy financial losses when last month’s terrible storm forced them to re-schedule.  We will provide a special basket for cash and check donations.  

  • Donations to 350 Austin can be made by cash, credit card, check payable to “350 Austin”, or by using this link.  
  • Special gifts to Earth Day by cash or checks payable to “Earth Day Austin”.  

Fourth, please invite your friends, especially those in the pediatric medical professions or who live in the communities most impacted by the Fayette coal plant.  

Fifth and finallyFOOD! There will be a cake to honor all of our terrific volunteers and to make our guests feel welcome.  Please feel free to bring finger foods and beverages to share.  

We look forward to seeing you and your friends!  

For more info about Dr. Elkins, check out her UT page: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/geography/faculty/jre737

If you’re on Facebook, follow this link to RSVP and invite friends,

350 Discussion Group Meeting 4/30/2019

350 Discussion Group Meeting 4/30/2019

April 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Cepeda Branch, Austin Public Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, Texas

Join us for a lively, stimulating, and often deep discussion with some really interesting people! Although we’ve been discussing articles the last few months, this month we will change back to discussing a book – because Bill McKibben’s latest book just came out: “Falter: Has the Human Game Began to Play Itself Out?” (For those who don’t know, Bill McKibben is the founder of 350.org. If you want to get a copy, you have just over a week left to read it. If you’re not up to reading it, you can check out various review online, including the one in the NY Times Review of Books:

Of course, you can come without doing any of this reading just to enjoy the discussion. I will summarize the main arguments in the book for everyone.

Everyone attending will be loved!

Hope to see you there,

Mike Ignatowski

If you’re on Facebook, follow this link to RSVP and invite friends.

Clean Energy Now Rally 4/27/2019

Clean Energy Now Rally 4/27/2019

April 27, 2019 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Texas State Capitol

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Time has changed to 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Saturday 4/27 is a big day for Austin! Head to the Clean Energy Rally for some great music and info on the Permian Highway Pipeline, then spend the remainder of the afternoon at Earth Day Austin. 350 Austin will have a presence at both events.

We are calling for a massive gathering to show our Gas & Oil Legislators it is TIME FOR A CHANGE! The people will lead the leaders……. to a CLEAN ENERGY Future!

LIVE MUSIC with Bill Oliver & the Otter Space Band, Bob Slaughter & Laughing Waters, Lucas Miller and Purly Gates.
SPEAKERS: Legislators + Climate, Energy & Environmental Consultants: Peter Beck (St. Ed’s/Environmental Policy) David Cortez (Sierra Club), Dee Dee Belmares (Oil & Gas Pollution – Mom’s Clean Air Force) and Info tables by Sierra Club, Public Citizen, Clean Water Action, Students for Sustainability,
Save Barton Creek Assoc. and Clean Energy Now Texas.

If you’re on Facebook, follow this link for more information about the event.

Earth Day ATX Festival 4/27/2019

Earth Day ATX Festival 4/27/2019

Due to that horrendous storm, the festival was rescheduled. It is Saturday 4/27/2019 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Huston-Tillotson University.

350 Austin will have a booth at Earth Day Austin. If you want to help out, PM us.

The theme for this year’s Earth Day ATX festival is “Honoring Our Home.” This festival is an opportunity for you to explore the many local organizations and community leaders working to make Austin a beautiful and healthy place to live. You are all invited to engage in an extraordinary array of fun, immersive and educational activities.

If you’re on Facebook, follow this link for more information about the event

350 Austin April Open Meeting

350 Austin April Open Meeting

April 16, 2019 @ 6:50 pm – 8:30 pm at
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Ave, Austin, Texas 78756

Lots happening, so arrive early!

Our open meeting this week is bursting with music, fun, and information. The climate crisis is serious business, but that doesn’t mean we can’t “whistle while we work”!  Singer, songwriter, and pipeline warrior Purly Gates will be joining us to talk about the Permian Highway Pipelinethat is threatening our beloved Hill Country.  She will also perform for us.  You don’t want to miss that.

Our intern from Switzerland, Adrian Stolz, will be leading us in a bit of fun with his climate change version of Bingo.  Fill your card and win a t-shirt!!  Sadly, we will also be saying farewell to Adrian this week.  

We will be welcoming the newest kids on the block, Sunrise Movement.  Our own Morgan Young, a UT senior, will be sharing what the recently formed Austin group is up to.  

There will be an update on our campaign to close the Fayette coal plant, the latest on the Electric Utility Commission, and important announcements about ways you can get involved.

If you’re on Facebook, click on this link to RSVP and invite friends!