350 Colorado is building the local grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis and transition to a sustainable future.
Our overarching goals: Movement Building, Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground, and Promoting Solutions.
The number 350 means climate safety: to preserve a livable planet, scientists tell us that 350 parts per million (ppm) is the safe upper limit of CO2 in the atmosphere. Currently we are at 415ppm and rising 2-3ppm every year.
What we are working to accomplish:
A fossil free future
In order to avoid the most devastating impacts of the climate crisis, no new fossil fuels can be brought online. To be a true leader in climate action, Colorado must stop fossil fuel extraction, production, and investments.
A just & equitable transition
We are demanding solutions that protect our most vulnerable communities and workers. Together we are working to dismantle oppressive systems that enable poverty, racism, and inequity.
Creative climate solutions
From renewable energy to regenerative agriculture, we are working at the local and state level to ensure Colorado has a clear and immediate pathways to reduce emissions and secure 100% clean, renewable energy for all.
A livable climate for all
All Coloradans deserve a safe and livable environment to grow up in. Help us protect the places and people we love so Colorado’s beauty can be enjoyed by future and present generations.
350 Colorado History
350 Colorado (350CO) was created during a national campaign by 350.org in 2011 to develop a massive network of local grassroots groups organizing to solve the climate crisis. The mountain-west campaign, led by organizer Micah Parkin, flourished, and 350CO grew to become one of the largest local groups in the U.S.
In tandem, the climate crisis brought tragedy to thousands of Colorado homes. Years of record breaking wildfires, floods, and temperatures, combined with Colorado’s hydraulic fracturing (fracking boom), made it clear that a strategic investment in 350CO was necessary to advance local and national climate goals.
In 2013, Executive Director Micah Parkin and a board of volunteer leaders from around the state filed for 501c3 status. Since then we have established ourselves as the largest Colorado-based grassroots network focused on taking action to stop climate change.
We believe our elected leaders are really our elected followers and that organized grassroots people power is the only way we can expect to counter the influence of the fossil fuel industry. We are using the power of our movement to influence mass, societal change and are committed to theJemez Principles for Democratic Organizing.
Our commitment to climate justice
350 Colorado is committed to centering Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in everything we do.
As a climate organization, we’re working to build a livable future for all. While no one will be free from the effects of climate change, the weight of this crisis is not born equally, and an ethical, effective climate movement must center and empower frontline communities.
Focusing on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion helps us work to dismantle the structural inequities within our organization, and these values also inform how we approach our climate activism. The climate movement must be inclusive, and we must critically analyze the ways that structural racism and discrimination affect our community and our organization.
Why we need you
Each person that joins our movement helps level the playing field against the deep pockets of the fossil fuel industry. Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours to give, every action you take helps us secure bold climate solutions.