350 New Hampshire Statement on Latest IPCC Report

It’s clear: the time for climate action is NOW.

group standing behind a podium where someone is speaking, holding signs that say the climate crisis is here.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their latest reviews and assessments this week, affirming what we already know: the climate crisis is here, it’s urgent, and we need a rapid, just transition away from fossil fuels to a world that prioritizes climate justice. 

Thousands of expert scientists around the world affirmed that human-caused climate change has led to widespread climate destruction and loss of our nature and our people. The report is extremely clear that the world will surpass 1.5O Celsius of warming if we do not take drastic action. The result will be catastrophic, irrevocable changes to the Earth. Global health, food security, water supply, and nature are at stake – the very things we rely on to survive. 

The report also raises the importance of climate justice. This report affirms that the people who have contributed the least to the climate crisis are the ones impacted the most. Addressing the climate crisis must have a focus on environmental justice that puts resources in the hands of people impacted by climate disasters the most. 

Scientists are clear about the fact that the power is in our hands: how we govern, how we vote, and how we organize will be the difference between further climate destruction and community resilience. 

We have the solutions to prevent further climate disaster but we must fight for the political will to do so. We need a rapid, just transition away from fossil fuels to ensure a livable future for us all. We need to emphasize equitable solutions that prioritize the communities impacted the most by climate destruction. That means more funding for recovery for the Global South, funding for poor coastal communities, and funding for communities living in proximity to polluting power plants. 

In New Hampshire we must close the last coal fired power plant in our region, end proposals for new pipelines, and move quickly to transition to clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar. We must help our farmers adapt to growing food in a changing climate, and relocate communities on the Seacoast experiencing damaging floods. We must address our water quality issues and make sure communities suffering as a result of decades of pollution are cleaned up and compensated.

While the warning bells have been going off for many years, this is not the time to give up. This is the time to get organized. We must prioritize climate justice and prevent politicians and the fossil fuel elite from sacrificing communities for their profits. We must fight to stop new fossil fuel projects, shut down polluters, push forward renewable energy projects in our backyards, and implement adaptation strategies. We cannot afford to let the fossil fuel industry do business as usual. It is time to shut them down and transform our communities into ones that center justice, love, and resilience.

If you aren’t already plugged into 350NH, now’s the time. Send us a message and we’ll help you get involved, or sign up to be a monthly donor.


March Newsletter

After an unusually warm few months of winter, the temperature finally went down and the snow is falling. We are busy pushing for climate action in the legislature and addressing the high costs of utilities. I hope to see you at an event in March – in person or virtual.  If you have questions for us don’t hesitate to reach out!

Elisabeth and Dominic standing outside the state house about to testify for a bill.
We testified at the state house and sent in online testimony from staff and volunteers across the state. Climate deniers in the House Science, Technology, and Energy committee were not happy to see us and blocked a lot of the legislation we supported. We will hold our elected officials accountable for supporting climate action – and vote them out if they won’t. 
four youth team members standing in front of a no asphalt plant in Nashua sign
The 350NH Youth Organizing Team wrote op-eds, distributed lawn signs, and hung a banner in Nashua against the proposed asphalt plant. Our students are preparing for the planning board meeting this month and educating their peers about environmental injustice in our state – from asphalt plant proposals to the ongoing use of coal! Email if you, or a student you know, wants to get involved. 
people standing in the halls of the state house with signs saying invest in NH - people deserve love, housing, recovery services, immigration rights, etc.
We demanded a People’s Budget before Governor Sununu’s budget address! We handed out valentines to all of our Representatives and Senators urging them to “Spread the love” with the budget and invest in our health, education, recovery, climate, and opportunity. We need a budget that has a fair and adequate taxation system, not one that favors wealthy companies.
people standing on a street corner with signs that say shame on invest stop funding cop city, defend the forest, save weelaunee forest, no cop city.
We stood outside Invesco’s NH office demanding they cut ties with the dangerous “Cop City” project in Atlanta, Georgia. Police in Atlanta are trying to destroy the Weelaunee Forest to build a military-style training compound for police from around the world. This project is bad for all of us – we do not need more militarized police, or more climate destruction. Click here for more information about Stop Cop City efforts (And to see which NH businesses are paying for it).
Upcoming Events
March 2nd, 6:00pm: Cost of Living and Utilities Crisis Panel & Discussion
Join us for a conversation about the increased cost of living – from rent to utility rates. We will meet in the Manchester City Library Auditorium! RSVP here

March 5th, 11:00am: Bow Chapter Meeting
Come to the Lewis Farm for a fire pit, warm beverages, and conversations about the work to shut down the coal plant! RSVP here for more details.

March 6th, 7:00pm: No Coal No Gas Onboarding (Virtual)
Get looped into the No Coal No Gas campaign! RSVP here.

March 7th, 6:00pm: All Chapter Gathering (Virtual)
Calling all chapter members! We will gather on zoom to share strategies and talk about what our chapters are up to. RSVP here.

March 11th, 1:00pm: International Women’s Day Rally
Join a collation of local organizations to celebrate International Women’s Day. We will have a family friendly rally with a festive atmosphere to uplift women’s issues, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ+ rights in NH. 

March 16th, 7:00pm: Auction of Horrible Things (Virtual)
No Coal No Gas is holding a parody auction to learn about our regional energy grid operator’s forward capacity auction process and “auction off” other really horrible things! It’ll be lots of laughs and fun – RSVP here.

March 21st, 12:00pm: Cut It Out or Cut It Up: Stop Funding Fossil Fuels
We will join Third Act in a national day of action to deliver a message to banks funding climate destruction. We will gather in front of Bank of America in Concord (118 Storrs Street) to tell big banks to stop funding fossil fuels! RSVP here.

March 23rd, 7:00pm: Say No to Asphalt Plant at Nashua Planning Board Meeting
The hearing is finally here! Come to the Nashua Planning Board meeting at Nashua High School North to voice your opposition to the asphalt plant proposal. Some of our friends and allies will likely be standing outside with signs before the meeting, so stay tuned for more details.

March 27th, 6:00pm: Salem/Nashua Chapter Campaign Planning Workshop
The Salem/Nashua chapter is preparing to launch a campaign together! Join our meeting to learn about campaign planning and help us decide how to move forward together in the fight for climate justice. Email for location information.

March 30th, 12pm-3:30pm: Consumer Liaison Group Meeting
The Consumer Liaison Group (CLG) is a conduit between our regional energy grid operators (ISO-NE) and ratepayers – and last year we elected six of our friends and even more allies to the coordinating committee! Join us at the AC Hotel in Portsmouth for lunch and a meeting – bring your friends and your questions. Here is the link for more information.
Take Action: People Vs. Fossil Fuels
Last month, we met with Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s staff to tell her why she should support a Climate Emergency Declaration. While Congress and President Biden seem excited to ramp up renewable energy production, they still let new fossil fuel projects move forward. An emergency declaration would let Biden stop fossil fuel leasing and invest funds in communities impacted by fossil fuel infrastructure.We will continue pressuring our members of Congress and supporting frontline fossil fuel fights around the country!! Sign up here if you’re interested in learning more about this work!
three people sitting at a table wearing masks with a sign that says the climate crisis is here.