350-Austin Discussion Group (formerly the 350 Book Group) – 4/17/2018

350-Austin Discussion Group (formerly the 350 Book Group) – 4/17/2018

April 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Cepeda Branch, Austin Public Library,651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78702

Instead of discussing a book which almost nobody actually reads, we are changing the format to discussing short articles or videos- which are easier to handle. This month we will discuss an article and a related TED talk. Please take a look ahead of time, then come and enjoy a very lively discussion with (mostly) like-minded people. You’re more than welcome to attend even if you didn’t get a chance to check out the material ahead of time.

https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/katharine-hayhoe-reveals-surprising-ways-talk-about-climate-change

https://www.ted.com/talks/per_espen_stoknes_how_to_transform_apocalypse_fatigue_into_action_on_global_warming

Please click on this link to our Facebook Event to RSVP and invite guests.

350 Austin April Open Meeting – 4/10/2018

350 Austin April Open Meeting – 4/10/2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Wildflower Church: a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1314 E Oltorf St, Austin, Texas 78704

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN VENUE!

We’ve spent the last few months at 350 Austin stepping back to consider the big picture–how to strategize, organize, and campaign for local progress on climate change. Now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work!

Join us at our April meeting for more details on the steps we are taking to make Austin Energy (AE) fossil free fast. Our public utility has the potential to be a model for the rapid and just transition of electric grids towards clean renewable energy. We must demand that Austin Energy meet that challenge.

Here is what to expect at the April meeting:
We’ll kick things off with an introduction to AE’s current status as well as where we want it to be. You will learn about the critical role of the Electric Utility Commission (EUC), and why one feasibility study is an important piece of the advocacy puzzle.

Then we’ll split into some breakout groups, where you’ll have an opportunity to get involved in direct advocacy at City Hall, learn more about what City Hall and Austin Energy and you all have to do with each other, and flex your creativity with some artful activism.

Please click on the link to our Facebook Event to RSVP and invite friends.

350 Austin Open Meeting – 3/20/2018

350 Austin Open Meeting – 3/20/2018

March 20, 2018 6:30 – 8:30 PM at Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, Texas 78701

Come hear about all the exciting changes happening with 350 Austin! We are moving from a team-based to a campaign-based organization with our primary campaign focus being to move Austin Energy to being carbon-free ASAP.

We will be sharing how we intend to utilize a variety of strategies and tactics, including traditional as well as non-violent direct actions. There will be something to do for everyone in this campaign.

We will start with a short presentation on our laser-focused, multi-faceted campaign by our own Ellie Fogleman. Then we will settle into getting work done.

Come by 6 pm to order food and drinks. The program will begin at 6:30.

Lots of free parking on the street and in the garages across the street. Better yet, pedal over or ride the bus. Several have stops right in front of Scholz Garten.

Please go to our Facebook Event to RSVP and to invite friends.

350 Austin Book Discussion

350 Austin Book Discussion

Tuesday, February 27 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM  Cepeda Branch, Austin Public Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, Texas 78702

Mike Ignatowski will lead us in a discussion of “Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want”, by Francis Moore Lappe.

“An optimistic book for Americans who are asking, in the wake of Trump’s victory, ‘What do we do now?'”.

Here is Moore Lappe’s website: https://www.smallplanet.org/daring-democracy

Please go to our Facebook Event to RSVP or to invite your friends.

Fossil Free Fast: Austin – 1/31/2018

Fossil Free Fast: Austin – 1/31/2018

January 31, 2018 6:00 PM at 4117 Berkman Drive, Austin, TX 78723

Who would have thought when Bill McKibben and 350.org began the fossil fuel divestment campaign in 2012 that New York City, one of the centers of the financial world, would not only pledge to divest $5 bn from the country’s largest pension fund but would also take the five most egregious fossil fuel companies to court? But that happened on January 7!

To keep the momentum going, Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, and many other powerful movement leaders and grassroots organizers are coming together on January 31 to discuss ways we can build on this massive victory towards a more equitable, just economy in a Fossil Free world.

On Wednesday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m., join 350 Austin at my home in Mueller (4117 Berkman Dr.) for the live-stream event and explore with us the ways we can keep the momentum going in Austin.

PLEASE RSVP so we can be ready for you!  The venue may change to accommodate more people, so watch for updates.

If you need to find a location that is closer to you, check here.

While you are here, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the work of 350 Austin. Gifts of any amount are helpful and appreciated. DONATE

Peace!   Bobbie