What we do

 

350.org Australia aims to rapidly end fossil fuels by building a global climate movement.

The number 350 means climate safety: to preserve a liveable planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 400 parts per million to below 350 ppm.

We believe that a global grassroots movement can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. The movement is rising from the ground up all over the world and is uniting to create the solutions that will create a better future for all. 350.org Australia is a not-for-profit project helping build this movement from our corner of the globe.

To achieve our mission we:


  1. Work with allies to build a powerful and diverse movement.
  2. Shift money and politics away from dirty energy, leading to the stigmatisation of fossil fuel projects and companies
  3. Support people to take part in peaceful resistance to tackle fossil fuelprojects and highlight climate impacts head-on
  4. Amplify and, where possible, directly support fossil fuel and climate impacted communities.

 

How we work

 

If you attend a 350 action for the first time, you might be surprised that there are probably no 350.org staff running the show. 350 is a movement more than an organisation. We use distributed, grassroots organising to run adaptive, locally-driven campaigns. 350.org Australia’s small team of paid staff supports thousands of grassroots activists running their own independent, loosely affiliated campaigns across the country.

We think that the climate crisis is about power — but not just the kind of power that runs our cars and keeps the lights on. We believe that the only way we’ll see meaningful action on climate change is if we can counter the power of the fossil fuel industry with the power of people taking collective action.

We use online tools to leverage that power, to help those people see themselves as one movement, and to facilitate strategic offline action.

350’s History

350.org Global was founded in 2008 by a group of university friends in the U.S along with author, environmentalist and activist, Bill McKibben.

Since then, 350 has grown into one of the world’s largest creative activism groups working to build a powerful movement demanding climate change action. We work in almost every country in the world to stop new fossil fuel projects and speed up the transition to renewable energy.

In Australia, 350 was founded independently in 2009. We have led campaigns to see institutions divest millions from fossil fuels and to stop projects such as the proposed Adani mega coal mine in Queensland.

National Team

 

Blair Palese

An American by birth, Blair helped found 350.org in Australia in 2009 and is now CEO, based in Sydney.
blair@350.org

Glen Klatovsky

Glen brings over 25 years experience as an environmental activist to the role of Deputy CEO. Based in Sydney.
glen@350.org.au

Andrew Wilcox

Now based in Sydney, Andrew brings many years of experience working with multinational communications agencies in the Asia Pacific region. He is now 350.org Australia’s Fundraising Manager.
andrew.wilcox@350.org.au

Jackson Turner

Hailing from Brisbane (Meanjin) Jackson works with groups across the country supporting local campaigns to get institutions to divest from fossil fuels. Now based in Sydney.
jackson@350.org.au

Lou Fraser

Lou is a story teller by trade, having been a journalist and environmental campaigner for more than 30 years. Lou is our Media & Communications Coordinator.
lou@350.org.au

Melissa Wellham

Melissa is 350 Australia’s Digital Coordinator. Based in Melbourne.
melissa@350.org.au

Board

 

John Collee

John Collee is a novelist and screenwriter with a background in medicine and journalism. While working overseas as a doctor he wrote a popular science column for the Observer newspaper. His screenwriting credits include “Master and Commander”, “Creation”, “Walking with Dinosaurs” and “Happy Feet”. He is a co-founder of 350 Australia.

Steve Campbell

Steve Campbell has worked for over 20 years in environmental and social change campaigning, campaigning with Greenpeace, the Community Legal Centres network, 350.org, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance and in his own consultancy both in Australia and overseas.

Richard Green

Richard Green has 25 years’ experience in the Australian not-for-profit sector. Before establishing NGO Recruitment in 2004, Richard had a 15 year career as fundraising director for the Australian offices of Greenpeace and UNICEF, and domestic charities fighting HIV/AIDS and youth suicide. In the 1990’s when climate change was still a fringe issue , Richard participated in campaigns raising awareness of the issue for the first time.

James Johnson

James Johnson is a barrister with over 30 years of experience in the law and its intersection with the environment and the community. He was the director of the Environmental Defender’s Office for seven years and has been on the board of Total Environment Centre, The Wilderness Society and the Legal Aid Commission of NSW.

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