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.
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.org was founded in 2008 by a group of university friends in the U.S along with author, environmentalist and activist, Bill McKibben.
Since that time, 350 has grown from its humble beginnings into one of the world’s largest creative activism groups.
Today, 350.org works in almost every country in the world on campaigns like fighting coal power plants in India, stopping the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S, and divesting public institutions everywhere from fossil fuels.
All of our work leverages people power to dismantle the influence and infrastructure of the fossil fuel industry, and to develop people-centric solutions to the climate crisis.
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.
Raised in Adelaide, Andrew is now a resident of Sydney where he runs his own communications consultancy specialising in climate change. He tweets at @andrewbradleyh
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 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.
Amber Sprunt has worked for over 15 years in marketing, both professionally and in academic roles. She has dedicated the last 10 years to fundraising and marketing for environment protection and progressive social change within Australia with organisations including The Wilderness Society, Environment Victoria, 350.org, the Australian Marine Conservation Society and as a marketing consultant.