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:
We believe in climate justice
The fight against climate change is a fight for justice. We recognise that climate change is an issue of inequality – People all over the world are feeling the impacts, but the people suffering most are the ones who have done the least to cause the problem.
“Climate justice makes climate change a social issue by centering frontline communities and acknowledging power structures, while dismantling exploitative and harmful institutions in order to respect life.”
The work we do — and the ways we do it — has to address that injustice. That means listening to the communities who are getting hit hardest, amplifying the voices that are being silenced, and following the leadership of the people on the frontlines of the crisis.
We’re stronger when we collaborate
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, labour unions, universities and more — and building diverse coalitions that are strong enough to put pressure on our government and corporations and stand up to the fossil fuel industry.
We take care of ourselves and our communities, honour one another in our non-violent approach to this work, and share that spirit and learning with others.
No one has all the answers, so we value the experience and knowledge of our partners and our communities. That’s why we listen to them –– so we can learn and evolve together.
Change will come from the grassroots and movement-building
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.
We are committed to growing an empowered, consolidated & powerful network of volunteers that feel confident & supported to lead our campaigns. Volunteers are involved in actively shaping national campaigns & leading campaign strategy in their local groups, making decisions for themselves and their groups, and are trusted & supported to do this.
We provide regular support and training to ensure that every volunteer campaigner has opportunities to step up (in their group, in the national network, as a representative for 350 Aotearoa), and to support the leadership of others in their groups.
We see our work at 350 Aotearoa as part of a wider climate movement and are committed to showing up for, supporting and resourcing other groups within the climate movement, and acting as allies to support intersecting justice issues.
We are bold, creative and strategic
Our campaigns challenge the cultural acceptance of fossil fuels, the industry most responsible for climate breakdown. Leading climate scientists are in consensus that keeping the world from warming over 1.5°C will prevent considerable disruption to all of the Earth’s systems and is the difference between 1.5°C and 2°C is life and death for millions of people. The 1.5°C target is feasible, provided enough economic resources are invested early enough to dramatically accelerate the phase-out of fossil fuels and the uptake of renewable energy and energy saving technologies across the board.
Our campaigns focus on dismantling the pillars of support for the fossil fuel industry and using our local ties to institutions to cut off the social and political licence and financial support then enables the fossil fuel industry to continue business as usual.
We will work to stop the financial flows to fossil fuel corporations and infrastructure and ensure that our government sets up regulations to stop public financing of coal, oil and gas extraction.
We are transparent and accountable
To ensure the integrity of our work, we strive to be transparent and open, while respecting everyone’s right to privacy and ensuring people’s safety.
We are accountable to each other, to the people and groups we collaborate with, and to those impacted by our work. We strive to honour the relationships we build with each other.
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