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350 uses online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions to oppose new coal, oil and gas projects, take money out of the companies that are heating up the planet, and build 100% clean energy solutions that work for all. 350’s network extends to 188 countries.
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After a New Orleans native first added her city as a “dot” on the official 350.org chapter map in 2013, she announced a kick-off meeting at a local cafe. Only one other person showed up, but they talked so animatedly about climate change and New Orleans’ potential as a renewable city that the barista warned them to keep it down or leave.
2 months later, 350 NOLA (as we were known then) gathered 300 of our closest friends and second-lined through the Quarter in a joyful mass mobilization against Keystone XL.
As our time and capacity grew, we slowly moved away from organizing sporadic, isolated events. We set about the deeper work of building our knowledge-base to advocate for climate-friendly policies, and cultivating relationships with frontline pollution- and climate-affected communities to amplify their work and provide support.
Over, the years, we have gone through name changes and revisions of our mission statement as we sought to define our relationship to the greater New Orleans community. Throughout it all, our lifeline has been our volunteer network — the folks who give selflessly of their time and talents to keep our organization running.
No one from 350 New Orleans has ever drawn a salary from this work. On a good day/week/month, we’ve been able to reimburse our members for the money they’ve spent traveling to public hearings, making banners and flyers for mobilizations, or providing food for events and trainings.
In addition to our volunteers, we’ve relied on the extreme kindness of Community Church-Unitarian Universalist and First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans for providing us with financial and structural support to do our work.
In recognizing both our strengths and our limitations, 350 New Orleans has also learned that we are stronger when we work in collaboration with our larger community. Past and present partners and collaborators of of 350 New Orleans have included the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Gulf Restoration Network, L’eau Est La Vie Camp, Sierra Club, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Alliance for Affordable Energy, VAYLA, North Louisianans for Earth and Water Justice, The Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, HELP Association of St. James, Concerned Citizens of St. John the Baptist Parish, Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, Tulane Green Club, NAACP of Baton Rouge, and Louisiana Democracy Project.
Above all we draw inspiration from our vision of a world where people enjoy a livable climate, and we take strength and direction from our partners who help us walk toward this vision with humility, accountability and justice.
By day Alicia holds a Master of Public Health degree and works in healthcare access. By night and by weekend she seeks to be a responsible, accountable advocate for the climate while finding as many opportunities to recharge in the Gulf Coast wilderness as possible.
Renate retired as a teacher so she could devote more of her time and energy to raising awareness and to fighting climate change, for the sake of her children’s and all of our children’s future.
Ben is a nonprofit professional in New Orleans, and a passionate advocate for a more sustainable world. A graduate of St. Michael’s College and an AmeriCorps alum, he is proud to support 350 New Orleans in their pursuit of climate justice for the people of Louisiana.
By trade, Meg is a freelance filmmaker, designer, and communications specialist. She believes in the power of stories to promote understanding and compassion, and the power of grassroots organizing to build resilient and diverse communities.
Benny is a skilled cuddling professional who is thrilled to provide support to our team. In his spare time he enjoys boxes, bird-watching and annoying his sister.