Join Us! March to Break Free From Fossil Fuels


L.A. March to Break Free From Fossil Fuels: Our Health, Our Climate, Our Communities 

 May 14!

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

200 N Spring Street Los Angeles, CA

Get on the bus from UCSB & SB! Buy tickets here (8:15 am-9:00 pm. $40 tickets *scholarships available. We are staying late to join local groups for dinner).

Click for info on: bus from SB to LALA march, and global month of action.

Californians will convene in Los Angeles, home to the nation’s largest urban oil field and the Porter Ranch gas blowout — the largest environmental catastrophe since the BP oil spill. Together we will demand that our elected leaders put an end to the oil and gas production that threatens our health, environment and future. This action is part of the climate justicemovement’s mass global mobilization throughout May.

We must keep oil and gas in the ground as we work toward a just transition and a safe, sustainable energy economy. This mass mobilization is the next big step for climate justice in California.

Looking forward to seeing you there and on the bus!

350 Santa Barbara


Bus trip to Sacramento – March 15

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All aboard!

On March 15th THOUSANDS of Californians will descend on Sacramento to demand that Governor Brown ban fracking! Will you be one of them?

We’ve organized a bus that picks up in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. We’re hoping you’ll hop on the bus with us and join in the largest anti-fracking effort California has ever seen.

You can buy tickets here, or you can sponsor a ticket for someone to go in your place.

Just imagine: you’ll be on a bus full of 60 anti-fracking activists from your area – some you know and some you don’t! Then you’ll converge with THOUSANDS of others all over the state to demand the same thing: a ban on fracking in California!

Let’s not miss this historic opportunity!

350 Santa Barbara

PS. Email me directly for details:

Climate Group 350 Santa Barbara Holds Candlelight Vigil for Typhoon Victims in Philippines


Published in Noozhawk:

Climate group 350 Santa Barbara held a candlelight vigil on Nov. 26 at De la Guerra Plaza followed by a silent walk to Stearns Wharf to honor victims of Typhoon Haiyan, a category 5 “super storm” that struck the Philippines last month.
The slightly out-of-season and unusually intense storm is estimated to have killed 10,000 people and displaced 14 million people.

Climate change educator Katie Davis played a recording of the speech that Yeb Saño, lead climate negotiator from the Philippines, delivered to the United Nations climate talks. He called Haiyan a “climate nightmare” and urged international leaders to take drastic actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Last week, MIT climate scientist Kerry Emanuel and colleagues ran a computer model they use to forecast the wind speeds in a storm like Haiyan and ran it with the climate conditions that were present in the 1980s, before the warming of the last few decades. They concluded that the thermal conditions of 30 years ago would have produced a typhoon 30 to 40 percent less destructive.

Currently the world has an atmospheric concentration of 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide — the primary gas responsible for the global trend in warming since the industrial revolution. Scientists agree that 350 parts per million is the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide. In order for us to prevent more intense wildfires, droughts and storms like Haiyan, Katrina and Sandy, we we must cut carbon emissions down to this level.

350 Santa Barbara is a volunteer organized, autonomous local chapter of Click here for more information.

Candlelit Vigil for Philippines


When: Tuesday 6pm
Where: De La Guerra Plaza then silent walk to harbor
Bring: Candles and signs if possible

Join us as we gather in memory of the thousands dead and millions displaced by Typhoon Haiyan. We will gather at De La Guerra Plaza then walk silently with candles down State Street then to the harbor holding signs calling attention to the need for drastic, international climate action.

Superstorm Haiyan is a climate nightmare — carbon pollution is driving more frequent and intense storms which are devastating vulnerable communities. New realities require new politics, I urge you to stop the sad tradition of feet-dragging on commitments to cut pollution, and breaking promises on finance.” — Yeb Sano, Climate Commissioner for the Philippines addressing leaders at the Warsaw COP19 UN Climate Talks last week

Santa Maria Energy: Big Oil’s 15.4 Billion Barrel Floodgate…


In Alberta, Canada, Cyclic Steam Stimulation (CSS) has caused a six-month leak contaminating drinking water. Engineers have no idea how to stop it. This is what Santa Maria Energy wants to do in our region.

Why To Oppose The Santa Maria Energy Project

This project is of national and global significance because it is the beginning of Big Oil’s attempts to unlock massive reserves of unconventional oil in CA (e.g., mentioned in Wall Street Journal). Like Canadian tarsands, CA heavy oil is some of the most energy-intensive, high emissions oil in the world.

Our County Supervisors will make a decision on the project on November 12 and it’s close. Mark the date and follow the steps below if you want to make maximum impact against the project.

What you can do:

1. Sign and share this petition opposing it.
2. Find out who your County Supervisor is by going here.
3. Call and/or email your Supervisor and voice your opposition and concern. Get 5-10 others to do the same. Get organizations you’re affiliated with to sign a letter of opposition and send it to county supervisors.

The message is pretty simple

The Santa Maria Energy project would be one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters in Santa Barbara County, equivalent to adding 17,000+ cars to our roads. We need to protect our area from risky enhanced techniques like fracking, acidization and steam injection. Any new project like this should at the very least be required to offset their emissions.

Extra Credit

4. Write a letter to the editor of any local paper opposing the project, then forward an online publication of the letter to your local supervisor. This will amplify the power and influence of your voice.

Numbers Are CRITICAL!

5. Show up in person on November 12 for public comment. These hearings can be grueling to get through and can take several hours, but the consequences of us having a low turnout could be catastrophic for the world. Let us know if you can come:

The 350 Santa Barbara Team


200 People March in Santa Barbara and Draw the Line on KXL with a 90′ Pipeline!

Santa Barbara Draws the Line with a 90' Pipeline!

Santa Barbara Draws the Line with a 90′ Pipeline!

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9/23/13 Update:
Noozhawk and Edhat articles by Robert Bernstein, and tons of photos by him too! Thanks Robert!

Thanks for the successful march today! We had over 200 folks come out to draw the line on dirty energy. Demonstrators carried a 90′ pipeline down State Street to the beach where we documented our march with a photo. The photos are now on their way to the website and will be sent to President Obama. Thank You Everyone!!!

Update: Photo from the front page of

SBCC Student Body President and 350 SB organizer Elie Katzenson runs to the microphone to talk about why we need to get politically involved

Update: Photos from’s Flickr page:

Mayor Schneider speaking out against KXL

Kids resisting the fossil fuel industry

Folks demonstrating at West Beach against KXL and dirty oil

Demonstrators stopping for a passing train trying to compete in volume with chants: Hey! Obama! We don’t want no climate drama!

By Corrie Grosse Posted in Events

March Planned Sept. 21st to Oppose Keystone Pipeline

March Planned Sept. 21st to Oppose Keystone Pipeline

Check out our calendar for details on our march against the Keystone XL Pipeline, to take place from 10:00am-12:00pm on Saturday, September 21st as part of’s Draw the Line Action! Speakers before, during and after the march will include State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, State Assemblyman Das Williams and SBCC student body president Elie Katzenson.

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Free Workshop: Meeting Facilitation and Consensus Process


HOW do we talk about WHAT we talk about in our activist meetings?

Are our conversations “natural” and free-flowing, or do we structure them in a more mindful and deliberate way?

Free-flowing conversations are great between friends and can be integral to brainstorming and other creative processes. But sometimes we can run into problems based on someone’s communication style (ie, constantly interrupting or going off topic) or even invisible power dynamics between people of different backgrounds (ie, ethnic or gender identities).

This Sunday at 4pm Katie Manyard, UCSB Sustainability Coordinator, will offer a free workshop on Meeting Facilitation and Consensus Process at the Sunken Gardens downtown at the Courthouse. (1100 Anacapa St.)

Please come!

To RSVP reply to this email or call/text 805-470-0366. -350 Team

Rally Success!

Noozhawk published this article about us!

Above: Katie davis speaking about “California’s Keystone XL” at Santa Barbara County’s first ever climate rally. Photo by Sophia Billikopf.

Santa Barbara County’s First Ever Climate Rally A Success!

As part of climate change advocacy group’s nationwide mass action campaign “Summer Heat,” more than 100 citizens rallied at Linden Field in Carpinteria on Saturday to call on local, state and federal representatives for more urgent action on climate change.

Cyclists rode to the rally from Bici Centro, a volunteer-run bike repair shop on 506 E. Haley St. in Santa Barbara, wearing homemade messages opposing the fossil fuel industry safety-pinned to their shirts. Some cyclists even rode in from Ojai.

“We want to show the need for a larger voice of opposition to the fossil fuel industry as well as an outcry to politicians to start doing the right thing,” said ride organizer and Bici Centro member Alex Favacho.

“We have the ingenuity, the technology, the know-how and the capability to make a rapid shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy,” said Katie Davis, a graduate of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project training. “All we need is the will.”

Referring to the Monterey Shale Formation stretching from the central coast to Los Angeles, Davis said “it’s just as dirty as the tar sands of Canada because shale oil can only be extracted by energy processes such as fracking, breaking up the rock with water and chemicals. About 15 billion barrels of oil. That’s as much as would flow through the Keystone XL Pipeline if constructed.

“If we go that route, rather than being part of the solution, our children will not be able to reverse the devastation we are setting in motion.”

Entrepreneur John Reed of delivered a speech reminding people of the abundant offshore wind energy in our region and about the forward progress in offshore wind development already happening along other coasts in the nation. He and others are looking for more local college research and wealthy investors to get behind an offshore floating wind farm. It could potentially provide 33 percent of the electricity that the 900,000 people in our California Senate District 19 demand using only 103 six mega-watt floating wind turbines.

Nathan Alley, attorney with the Environmental Defense Center, spoke about a number of new proposed oil projects in the area including Santa Maria Energy’s proposal to build 136 wells using an energy and water-intensive steam injection project that would make the project “the largest greenhouse gas polluter in the county.”

“We are staring down a potential boom unlike any other we have seen in this county for over half a century,” he said. “Onshore oil folks have a target on us. We are in the bulls-eye of this Monterey Shale formation. And you are the folks that are standing between it and the rest of the world. So are we going to let them take the impacts and export it from our county and hurt the rest of the world?” To which the crowed replied, “No!”

“Although personal lifestyle choices are very important, we need to build political will and put a price on carbon,” said Rebecca Claassen, one of the rally organizers. “A sizable and steadily increasing carbon tax, imposed upon extraction, will level the playing field for renewable energy and border tax adjustments will allow the power of the market to lower emissions internationally. Also, to protect our fundamental rights to clean air and fresh water, we must consider writing new laws that enable us to decide whether or not fracking happens in our county, instead of letting corporate interests and state pre-emption decide for us.”

There were four workshops after the speakers were finished. One was on fossil fuel divestment, another was on the community-rights based approach to banning certain fossil fuel industry practices on the municipal level, another on how to put a price on carbon on the federal level and one on bike repair. is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis and push for policies that will put the world on track to get to 350 ppm of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Climate Rally

Santa Barbara!

If you haven’t heard about‘s Summer Heat campaign, here’s the rundown:  The last two weeks of July are the hottest of the year in the US. During this time groups along the path of Keystone XL Pipeline and elsewhere are using their bodies to resist the fossil fuel industry – good old fashioned 
civil disobedience!

In Nebraska they’re building a wind turbine directly on the path of the pipeline!  In Richmond, CA they’re going to risk arrest with sunflowers at the Chevron refinery that exploded and caught fire last year, and in Eastern Utah they are going to try to stop a new tar sands mine from being built!

Our group wanted to do something in solidarity with these bold actions, but when we weighed the pros and cons we decided against using civil disobedience. Risking arrest is serious business and it takes financial and legal resources our group is too small to handle at this time. But…


Santa Barbara County’s first ever Climate Rally will take place on 
Saturday July 27, 2:30pm at Carpinteria State Beach.  We chose this location based on oil company Venoco’s recent proposal to drill for oil onshore in Carp. This rally will function both as a demonstration against the fossil fuel industry (with Venoco in mind, mostly), and as a day for learning how to build up your political will – not just your consumer will – to fight climate change.

Workshops will include education about how to put a price on carbon, how to lead a fossil fuel divestment initiative at your school, city or church, and how to enact rights-based legislation to prevent the fossil fuel industry from stepping foot within city limits where you live ever again.  There are still openings for additional workshops.

We also teamed up with Bici Centro and organized a bike ride from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria!  If you’re interested in that meet at 506 E. Haley Street at 1:00pm and get ready to Ride To The Tide!  Please spread the word on Facebook!

We’re coordinating carpools for those who can’t bike to the event so contact us by replying to this email if you want to RSVP.

“What we need in this fight are citizens who will stand up, and speak up, and compel us to do what this moment demands.” – Barack Obama’s first ever climate change speech, June 23.

In solidarity,
350 Santa Barbara Team

PS:  If you’re interested in helping with a California state pension divestment project there’s a conference call for that on July 15.  Let us know if you would like to learn more.  Also, we’re meeting with Councilmember Cathy Murillo this Wednesday to talk about putting a ban on fossil fuel investments in Santa Barbara City and we could still use some more signatures on our petition.