350 Aotearoa is the New Zealand arm of the international climate movement 350.org, which aims to unite the world around climate change solutions.
Our mission is to strengthen and grow climate action in communities across New Zealand.
We coordinate local campaigns by providing education, practical tools, and support for community leadership. Our campaigns challenge the cultural acceptance of fossil fuels, and push New Zealand and the rest of the world back on track to 350ppm and, consequentially, climate safety (350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide—measured in “Parts Per Million” in our atmosphere. 350 PPM).
Why we do what we do:
The science is clear: global warming is happening faster than ever and humans are responsible. The combustion of fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas, emits carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases when burned, causing global warming and climate change. A change in just a few degrees in temperature can completely alter the world as we know it, and threaten the lives of millions of people around the world.
Learn more about the science of climate change from the experts:
How we go about our work:
Internationally and here in Aotearoa, 350 is a climate justice organisation. We recognise that climate change is an issue of inequality – those who contribute the most greenhouse gases will not see the largest impacts of climate change. The people who lead our movements should be those with the most to lose from climate crises.
Climate change is not just an environmental issue, or a social justice issue, or an economic issue — it’s all of those at once. It’s one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced, and we are going to have to work together to solve it.
That means bringing people together — not just environmentalists, but students, business owners, faith groups, labor unions, universities and more — and building diverse coalitions that are strong enough to put pressure on governments and stand up to the fossil fuel industry.
Our method of creating change is through grassroots, collective action. The most effective movements throughout history have been movements of people working together and sharing their strengths, rather than focusing on individual lifestyle and consumer changes.
Strategies, and Goals
We believe in a safe climate and a better future —a just, prosperous, and equitable world built with the power of ordinary people. Here’s how we get there:
- Revoke the social license of the fossil fuel industry
- Fight iconic battles against fossil fuel infrastructure
- Counter industry/government narratives
- Promote investment in community-based sustainability solutions
- Support communities confronting the impacts of climate change & building climate solutions for an economy free of fossil fuels
- Run local and national campaigns targeting leaders
- Capitalise on big regional and international events, like climate negotiations and economic summits