The New 350
Together, we're smarter, bolder, faster, and more creative than we were before.
Together, we're able to do things we couldn't have done alone.
Together, we will turn the tide on the climate crisis, and build an unstoppable movement for change.
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Questions and Answers About the New 350.org
How will this affect your current campaigns?
The fact of the matter is that both 350.org and 1Sky have been working collaboratively on a number of campaigns since both were founded. We both have similar visions for the world that we want to see, and all of our current campaigns fit into this vision. We will continue to pursue a hard-hitting agenda against corporate polluters and the climate crisis in the United States and across the planet. In fact, both organizations are excited to gain the scope possible by merging: 1Sky will now be more connected to the international climate movement and 350.org will have a much stronger domestic campaign.
Is 1Sky disbanding, or is this really a newly merged group?
We are definitely a newly merged group. When we were in discussions about the merge we realized that the concept of ‘350’ was an important flash-point for the movement and for both of our groups. It represents our positive vision for the future, our collective mission, and our long-term goals. Both campaigns bring a lot to the table, but we decided we didn’t want to drop that important marker from our name.
How is this any different from before?
As a merged organization, we will be bigger, stronger, and more capable of dealing with the needs of today. We have a lot of resources between our campaigns, and together we will be so much better than the sum of our parts. This is a huge opportunity for all of us to build a real large-scale movement, and that opportunity was never so clear and possible as it is now that we are merging.
What does this mean for local organizers?
Both 350.org and 1Sky are powered by hard work of hundreds of thousands of volunteer organizers. In fact, it’s this shared commitment to grassroots organizing that made our staff most excited about this merger. By working together, we hope to be able to offer local organizers more resources, support, and exciting campaigns that help unify local efforts into an unstoppable movement for change.
Will the new organization continue to work on specific policies in the US?
Yes, we want to hold politicians accountable for their actions related to climate policy and clean energy. Part of that will include translating what is happening in Washington to folks leading the fight on the ground, and translating power and actions built on the ground to elected leaders in Washington.
What is the mission of the new 350.org group? Have your goals or mission changed?
Our vision is to build a global, grassroots movement capable of achieving the climate solutions that science and justice demand.
We haven’t established our new official mission statement, but we can tell you our collective goals.
First, we want to build a large-scale long-term climate movement capable of addressing issues as they arise as well as tackling the long-term battles to address the climate crisis.
Second, we want to be able to identify and target our opponents in the dirty energy industry as well as their front groups, such as the Chamber of Commerce.
Third, we want to hold politicians accountable for their actions related to climate policy and clean energy.
How can a grassroots effort possibly take on the millions that groups like the US Chamber and American Petroleum Institute plan to spend during 2012?
Two things project power in politics: money and people. Our movement will never have the money of the fossil fuel industry, so we’ll have to use a different currency: people power. Over the next two years,we will work in the United States to train and mobilize a grassroots army of individuals, businesses, organizations, and community leaders pushing for climate action.
We hear that your next campaign targets the US Chamber of Commerce, how does that reflect the new organizations long-term mission and goals?
Our long term mission remains to create the power and space needed to craft and enact solutions to climate change and create a clean energy future. In the United States, we have realized that the biggest thing standing in our way is the power that has been built through lobbying and campaigning dollars pouring into influencing Congress and the U.S. government as a whole. We need to hold politicians who take advantage of those dollars accountable for their voting in favor of dirty energy industries, we need to expose who is being represented by those votes, and we need to make it clear the difference between standing up for corporate profits and standing up for the American people.
How does someone actually “take on big polluters” at the local level? And how do those efforts add up?
The fact of the matter is that it takes more than one big action to project power and make change. Every action we do should be building our movement, and we can make even those smaller actions count. If you look at the largely successful fight against coal plants over the last two years, you will see that small local efforts have added up to one huge dent in the coal industry. Every local action will be one step closer to both building and projecting power to decision makers in Washington and across the world.