Some suggested Talking Points: * We want a resolution with teeth, not an aspirational document! The City Manager is going to need a team dedicated to the development of a Master Emergency Plan with Milestones. The resolution currently reads more like a task list for the City Manager. * Ask Council to direct the City Manager to establish a transparent process for monitoring and assessing the financial risks posed by the climate crisis, including investment risks for the three City employee pension funds. * Ask Council to direct each of the three pension funds to provide data to Council in an open format which is to be made publicly available for independent review and analysis. * Ask that the language of the resolution reflect the urgency of the climate crisis. Use of the term “climate change” no longer captures the climate emergency. * Please feel free to draft your own talking points!
A key aspect of addressing the climate emergency is divestment from the fossil fuel industry. 350 Austin would like to have that be a part of the City’s #ClimateCrisis resolution. Consider using something like the following when making your statement:
“Be it further resolved that Council directs the City Manager to ask the City’s three pension funds to provide data on their investments in an open format that can be published on the City’s open data portal to allow the community to be able to analyze the fossil fuel portion of those investments.”
July 16, 2019 6:50 pm – 8:30 pm at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin 4700 Grover Ave, Austin Texas 78756
350 Austin’s monthly open meeting is a great way to meet others who
share your concern for the climate emergency threatening all of life.
There will be updates on our core campaigns to Keep It In The Ground and
to Divest from Fossil Fuels. There will also be plenty of opportunities
for you to participate.
July 15, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at 721 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
There is a rumor afoot that Austin Energy is seriously considering a
new gas plant, possibly at the Decker site. Calling all “Shirts” to show
up for the Electric Utility Commission meeting and demand that AE go on
the record confirming or denying that rumor.
EUC commissioner (and former 350 Austin divestment team lead), Stefan
Wray is intending to push City Council to declare a Climate Emergency.
Whether this item makes the EUC agenda, we can help build support for
You must be there on time to sign up to speak at citizens
communication. If you have a Close Fayette or 350 Austin shirt, please
wear it. Yes, making a 6 pm meeting in Austin traffic is a pain, but it
is much less of a drag if you take the bus!
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!
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.
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
Press conference is at 9 a.m. Items #19 and #20 are expected to be discussed in the earlier part of the day.
May 21, 2019 @ 6:50 pm – 8:30 pm First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin 4700 Grover Ave, Austin, Texas 78756
Dr. Jules Elkins, a 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, pleasebring 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 finally, FOOD! 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.
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.