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Stop Line 3: No More Tar Sands

It’s past time to stop building new fossil fuel pipelines. They are costly, unsustainable, dangerous, and will lock us into further decades of leaked methane and carbon emissions – two major contributors to climate change. Just last year, 350 New Hampshire and our NH community defeated the Granite Bridge pipeline – another attempt to expand fossil fuels instead of investing in renewable energy. Now the attention is on Minnesota and the Line 3 tar sands pipeline. 

If completed, Line 3 would violate treaty rights of Indigenous people, threaten the headwaters of the Mississippi river, and commit us to fossil fuel dependency for years to come. As fuel sources, tar sands are vastly wasteful. Each barrel of crude oil extracted from tar sands uses 2-4 barrels of water and tremendous amounts of energy. An estimated one billion gallons of wastewater from this process leaks into surrounding natural habitats every year. Once crude oil is burned, it releases large amounts of carbon and sulfur dioxide, contributing to the greenhouse gases that are driving climate change. 

More than 10 New Hampshire activists joined in the Treaty People Gathering Over the weekend between June 5th and June 9th to join in efforts to stop a tar sands pipeline being built through Minnesota. Frontline groups have been fighting the pipeline for years and called for allies from across the country to join them for mass action to call attention to the injustices of the pipeline. 

“Biden promised us on the campaign trail that he would end fossil fuels,” says Lila Kohrman-Glaser, Co-Director of 350NH Action, “I am here taking a stand against Line 3 to make sure Biden keeps his promise.”

Lila was not the only New Hampshire resident who traveled to Minnesota – at least 10 others from across the state made the journey to support the efforts to stop Line 3, including Kai Parlett, from Manchester.

“The fossil fuel industry operating in a ‘status quo’ fashion and continuing their path of destruction is propped up by public consent,” Parlett said. “When masses of people withdraw their consent from the system, that’s when real change happens. The fossil fuel industry cannot continue to burn our future if we refuse to let it, if we put our bodies in the way and actively work to change the status quo.”

Over 2,000 people from across the country were gathered in Minnesota overall, and more than 150 people were arrested for trespassing on pipeline property. 

The more we allow pipeline projects like these to go ahead, the worse climate change will get. We will continue to see rising sea levels, oil spills from pipelines, changing weather patterns, natural disasters, destruction of natural landscapes, and disregard for the rights of Indigenous folks and of everyone along the path of these pipelines. A better choice is possible! We demand a renewable energy future, free from environmental injustice and climate catastrophe. It’s time to Stop Line 3, and keep new oil infrastructure away from communities all across this country. 

Check out the Giniw Collective for more updates on Line 3.

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Youth Protest Bank of America Funding Fossil Fuels

NH Student Activists Gathered on May 8th to Demand Bank of America End Funding to the Fossil Fuel Industry:

Bedford, NH — On Saturday evening a group of high school activists from the 350NH Youth Team and members of Extinction Rebellion met at the Bank of America in Bedford to protest the bank’s involvement in funding the fossil fuel industry. Speakers urged for the end to the money pipeline from banks and other firms that keeps the fossil fuel industry afloat even as our society has increasingly recognized the environmental costs of fossil fuels. The event was both virtual with a Zoom call run by youth team members and in-person where participants drew in chalk along the sidewalk near the bank.

Nikhil Chavda, sophomore at Coe Brown Academy and organizer of the event says: “Bank of America lends money to fossil fuel companies that build pipelines such as Line 3 in Minnesota. Between 2016 and 2020, Bank of America lent $3.16 BILLION dollars to Enbridge, the company building the pipeline. They lent $350 Million to the Dakota Access Pipeline, which still operates today! Without money from big banks, fossil fuel companies wouldn’t have enough money to support the building of more pipelines. Bank of America could stop this, if they stop lending these companies billions of dollars.”

This action, organized by high school-aged activists across New Hampshire, sends a message to the CEOs of Bank of America and other big banks that it is unacceptable to profit off of the destruction of the climate. Individuals in positions of power have failed to protect the climate and it is now up to ordinary people to make the changes necessary in the time we have left. We demand that the people in power step up, and stop investing money in the fossil fuel industry, funding dangerous projects such as the Line 3 Pipeline, currently being built on indigenous land. 

“We are calling from all corners of the globe that it is time to Defund Line 3. This is just a start, but it is not the end of our efforts. We will continue to fight until we strip the monetary foundation of the fossil fuel industry away and put out the fire that threatens all of us, once and for all” says Anna Rose Marion, a senior in high school and organizer of the event.

Grassroots resistance to the pipeline is growing across the country, day by day. Actions in opposition will continue to be organized, and the corporations funding such destruction of the planet will be targeted. Bank of America is not innocent, and the youth of New Hampshire will not stand to pretend that they are. This action was one of many, and we will continue to fight until big banks stop funding the fossil fuel industry, and the building of Line 3 in Minnesota.

This action is a part of a global day of action to call on banks to Defund Line 3 pipeline. Learn more about the national coalition here.

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We’re Hiring!

We’re hiring a 350NH Climate Organizer!

350 New Hampshire’s mission is to stop the climate crisis by building grassroots support for a just transition to renewable energy and an end to fossil fuel use and expansion. We envision a society with a renewable energy economy that works for all people, where all communities live free of environmental injustice and climate catastrophe. We run grassroots campaigns to shut down fossil fuel infrastructure and bring 100% renewable energy to NH. Our political arm works to elect climate champions and to hold our elected officials accountable. 350NH is a multiracial and multigenerational organization. We have a dynamic staff team of four women and five high school student fellows.

If you are interested in the job, submit your application here by May 31st.

The 350NH Climate Organizer Will:

  • Organize actions and events for 350NH campaigns
  • Recruit, train and support volunteers to participate on campaigns and programs
  • Represent 350NH in coalition campaigns with state and national partners
  • Present 350NH educational materials to community groups and at events
  • Support campaign planning and development
  • Canvass, phone bank and text bank to engage supporters
  • Support the endorsement and election of climate champions

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Minimum 1-3 years of community or student organizing or other relevant work experience 
  • Strong commitment to climate justice and antiracism
  • Ability to organize and facilitate online meetings with volunteers and speak over the phone to community members
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, and collaboratively with others
  • Access to the internet

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Experience recruiting and managing volunteers
  • Experience canvassing and phone banking
  • Experience and willingness to speak at public events
  • Experience making fundraising asks
  • Access to a car/driver’s license

Position Type: Full time (35 hours/wk)

Application Deadline: May 31st

Start Date: Flexible, preferably asap after May 31st

Compensation: $41,600/yr

Benefits: 4 weeks of flexible time off, flexible hours, health and dental stipend

Location: Must live in or be willing to relocate to New Hampshire 

5 Reasons to work at 350NH!

  1. We respect and encourage work life boundaries as a crucial part of organizing and activist culture
  2. We win big change for climate justice like stopping the granite bridge fracked gas pipeline 
  3. We intentionally foster positive relationships and community within 350NH and the larger progressive movement 
  4. We encourage professional development and create space for learning and experimentation 
  5. Schedule and vacation flexibility

If you are interested in the job, submit your application here by May 31st.

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350NH Summer Climate Justice Internship

Apply here by May 14th

350NH is a community organization working to stop the climate crisis. We run campaigns to shut down fossil fuel infrastructure and bring 100% renewable energy to NH. We are building the movement for climate justice and working for systemic change locally and nationally. 

We’re hiring a team of summer youth interns to support our campaigns for climate justice. A 350NH internship will help you take your climate organizing and advocacy skills to a whole new level! 

Who Can Apply:

Youth ages 15-22 who are interested in learning more about climate justice and supporting the mission and campaigns at 350NH.

Time & Compensation:

Interns work from June 28 – August 28. Hours per week, start date, and end date are flexible but average between 10-20 hours/week. Compensation is $1,600 in the form of two monthly stipends of $800 each. Interns may use this program to meet school internship credit requirements when relevant.

Internship Responsibilities:

  • Plan creative actions to support 350NH campaigns to shut down the coal plant in Bow, to build offshore wind energy, and to bring 100% renewable energy to NH.
  • Attend community events and do outreach through tabling, canvassing, phonebanking, and texting.
  • Work on volunteer recruitment, social and print media and other projects.
  • Assist in planning 350NH’s Annual Youth Climate Retreat (Peace of Mind) in August.
  • Support outreach and planning for the ‘21-’22 350NH High School Fellowship program.
  • Assist with fundraising efforts by making donation asks and planning a grassroots fundraiser.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Commitment to climate justice, including willingness to expand your understanding  and relationship to racial justice and equity.
  • Dedication to support and strengthen social, economic and environmental justice movements and a strong motivation to end the use of fossil fuels.
  • Ability to organize and facilitate online meetings with volunteers and speak over the phone to community members.
  • Ability to work independently, and collaboratively with others.
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Residents Across New Hampshire Rally to Demand a Bold Economic Plan to Put Millions Back to Work

NH Organizers call on Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Maggie Hassan, Rep. Chris Pappas, and Rep. Annie Kuster to Support a THRIVE Agenda in Congress

Manchester, NH; Dover, NH; Portsmouth, NH; Nashua, NH, and Keene, NH — In a national THRIVE day of action, organizers and community members from across New Hampshire gathered across the state (and virtually) for a rally calling on our Congressional Delegation to support the THRIVE agenda – a resolution in Congress calling for bold plans to address climate, economic, and racial justice.

“I am terrified of a future where we did not take bold action to stop the climate crisis. So here I am, at Jeanne Shaheen’s office to demand that she support the THRIVE Act so that my generation can have a livable future. One with green energy and well-paying jobs. One where basic human needs are met. One where Black, Indigenous, and people of color’s communities can thrive. We are here to demand that Jeanne Shaheen support a future where we can all thrive” – Jordan King, High School Organizer for NH Youth Movement

The THRIVE (Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy) Agenda is a road map to a just recovery. It outlines policies to build a more just society from the ashes of today’s crises — one that enables dignified work, healthy communities, a stable climate, and racial, economic, gender, and environmental justice. Right now, we have a window of opportunity to create real, lasting change and we are prepared to make calls, send messages, and show up at the offices of our congress members until they stand with us and support THRIVE.

“Environmental injustice has yet to be addressed, has yet to be answered for in any way,” said Sarah Tupper, 350NH Youth Organizer from Amherst, NH, “and if we expect to bring ourselves into the future that we were all promised, we have to bring everyone into the future – not just the wealthy or the white, but everyone.”

Organizers in each location stood outside of Congressional offices, gathered with speakers and signs that read “15 Million Jobs,” “Pass the THRIVE Act,” and “Climate, Care, Jobs, Justice.” They gathered in community, listened to speakers, and left messages behind for our Congressional Delegation to urge them to support THRIVE.

“Senator Maggie Hassan recently voted against Bernie Sanders’ amendment to include a $15 minimum wage for all in the American Rescue Plan. This flawed public dis-service must be called out in the daylight,” said Duaa Zahra, Rights & Democracy member from Dover, “We must make a massive shift and re-orient ourselves from an extractive economy to a regenerative one, an economy that invests in millions of new jobs and breaks our national addiction to fossil fuels, an addiction that led to the devastation of my home country Iraq.”

This action was organized by a powerful coalition of people from Rights & Democracy NH, New Hampshire Youth Movement, and 350 New Hampshire. We will continue to pressure our Congressional representatives to support the THRIVE Act and fight for economic, racial, and climate justice.

You can find the full Livestream of the event at this link.

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Other photos from the event: 

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Our Energy Grid Needs to Change

As the fight against climate change heats up, many noble environmental organizations are stepping up to help educate people and pressure politicians to take action. However, there are established organizations that work to prop up the coal and gas industries instead of helping us progress towards 100% renewable energy. One of notoriety is an entity called the Independent Systems Operator-New England (ISO-NE). 

ISO-NE is an entity that runs the New England power grid. They market themselves as neutral competitors in the energy market. They have accomplished this by lobbying state governments to set policy that determines what kinds of sources New England’s electricity comes from. Recently though, ISO-NE has shown that they do not support the climate and environmental goals of the region’s governments. This is in large part thanks to many different members of the New Hampshire state legislature who wrote directly to ISO-NE calling them out on their contradictions. 

One such contradiction is how ISO-NE has used “Forward Capacity Payments” to subsidize fossil fuels on the grid. The way in which ISO-NE gets around this hypocrisy is by framing it as “grid reliability”. This kind of manipulative messaging is how ISO-NE sells dirty energy as something that is cheaper when in fact it is not. ISO-NE was founded in the era of coal and oil; a system not designed to support sustainable alternatives. They frame their grid model as “reliable” when in reality it is merely a method used to prop up fossil and discredit green energy alternatives. 

 ISO-NE has also been using its political influence to prop up other coal plants across New England while maintaining a neutral facade. One coal plant in New Hampshire is the Merrimack Generating Station (MGS) in Bow, New Hampshire. Thanks in large part to political influence by ISO-NE, MGS received $50 Million in subsidies in 2018 alone in order to keep their dirty climate changing emissions pouring into the atmosphere and poisoning those who live nearby. ISO-NE has directly assisted MGS’s pollution practices by committing tens of millions of dollars that will help keep powering MGS for the next several years and worsen the effects of the climate crisis.

These kinds of dirty practices by ISO-NE prove that they are not neutral and against renewable energy. They are actively choosing to support burning coal with the money from all of the New Hampshire residents who pay electric bills. As the fight to shut down Merrimack Station prolongs, it is important that we expose ISO-NE for supporting climate changing fossil fuel plants in order to convert New Hampshire to green energy and prevent other coal plants from being implemented to pollute the atmosphere.

Here are two things YOU can do to help us shut down this coal plant:

1. Sign this petition to call on ISO-NE (our energy grid operators) to phase out fossil fuels and bring about a just and democratic energy grid with clean and renewable energy.

2. Submit Public Comment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by 4/12, telling them to oppose subsidies for fossil fuel plants and the coal plant in Bow.

  • Written by David Sanok
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No Racist Granite State: Ask Our Legislators to Sign on

Send a Letter to Your Representative Asking they Sign the No Racist Granite State Pledge.

Following the January 6th attack on our capital, we’ve seen increased white supremacy here in our state coming from our elected officials. There have been multiple calls for the resignation of both Rep. Dawn Johnson and Rep. James Spillane after each used social media to spread Neo-nazi rhetoric and antisemitism. Additionally, we’ve seen calls for the Troy police chief to step down after attending the demonstration in DC to overturn the results of the presidential election. There have been no repercussions for these individuals.  By failing to enact real consequences for their actions, Governor Sununu and House Speaker Sherman Packard have shown that they’re complicit with white supremacy.

In response to our state’s failure to denounce white supremacy, we’re joining organizations across the state in sharing the No Racist Granite State Pledge. The pledge will serve to hold elected officials accountable for committing to using all available resources to stop white supremacist violence in our state. This includes supporting legislation that works to address these issues and opposing legislation that will cause further harm.

We need you to contact your elected officials and ask them to sign the No Racist Granite State Pledge. By completing this form you can send a message to your representative and ask them to join us in ending racism in the granite state. Special thanks to New Hampshire Youth Movement for their work on this pledge!

Pledge: “I pledge to stand against racism, xenophobia, islamophobia, and anti-semitism in our state. I will hold myself and my colleagues accountable when we make mistakes or perpetuate white supremacy through our work or our words. Racist, anti-Semitic, islamophobic, and xenophobic actions and words have no place in our public or private forums, and I commit to using all available resources to stop white supremacist violence in our state. This includes supporting legislation that works to address these issues and opposing legislation that will cause further harm. I believe it is lawful and moral to expel any colleague or subordinate who participates, shows support for, or allows violence of that nature to happen without intervention.”

If you are a legislator, read more and sign the pledge here.

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NH Must Move Forward on Offshore Wind

Offshore wind will be critical in reducing carbon emissions for New Hampshire. Carbon emissions are polluting the atmosphere and contributing to the climate crisis and yet New Hampshire remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Even with the defeat of the Granite Bridge Pipeline, New Hampshire is still lacking an alternative energy that is 100 percent clean and the state government has refused to invest in renewable energy. Offshore wind can be that alternative energy because New Hampshire is right next to the ocean where there is plenty of wind for the turbines to absorb and create renewable clean energy to power our state.

Offshore wind power New Hampshire state senators are in the process of crafting legislation that could potentially jumpstart major offshore wind projects and other renewable energy across the state. This bill known as SB 151 would force the New Hampshire government to work together with utility companies such as Eversource in developing a proposal for 600 megawatts of offshore wind. This power would pour into the New England electric grid and will assist New Hampshire in meeting its renewable energy goals, which aim to decrease the carbon emissions. Special interests groups paid by fossil fuel companies however, have fought to kill legislation that will harm their profits. Offshore wind would cut carbon emissions but also put these polluting companies out of business.

Failure to implement offshore wind will lead to a further increase in carbon emissions which will cause the polar ice caps to melt resulting in rising sea levels across the world. Public pressure from 350NH as well as other activist groups were instrumental in stopping the Granite Bridge pipeline from being built and will be critical in pressuring our local politicians to take action in implementing offshore wind turbines for New Hampshire. While 350NH won our campaign to have New Hampshire join an offshore wind task force, we have to keep the momentum going.

Read SB151 here: https://legiscan.com/NH/text/SB151/id/2284771
Send a letter to your Senator in support of SB151 here: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/support-sb-151

Written by David Sanok

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Youth Climate Activists Call For Dinosaur Fossil Fuels to Go Extinct

MANCHESTER NH – On Saturday February 13th, a group of youth organizers from 350NH, a local climate justice organization, staged an art installation outside a Liberty Utilities facility. This action was in solidarity with the No Coal No Gas campaign, a grassroots coalition working to end the use of fossil fuels in New England and transition to 100% renewable energy, beginning by securing a shut down date for coal-fired coal-fired Merrimack Generating Station in Bow, NH. 

The organizers painted and hung posters and banners on the chain link fence outside the office. Their messages included, “It’s time for diNOsaur fossil fuels to go extinct, and, “tell the ISO it’s time for coal to go extinct.” ISO is shorthand for Independent Systems Operator of New England, the entity that manages the region’s electricity grid. The group also made cardboard dinosaurs to illustrate the concept that “dinosaur” fossil fuels are antiquated and dangerous. 

One of the organizers, Olivia Kreps, a senior at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy and Social Media Lead and Youth Fellow with 350NH, was motivated to participate in this action because she “will be moving on into the world and [she does not] want that world to be one where we still use coal.” 

This action comes a week after thirty activists from the No Coal No Gas campaign gathered at the ISO-New England headquarters in Holyoke, MA. The activists delivered a letter accompanied by two wheelbarrows full of coal, and demanded the regional grid operator cease funding for coal and other fossil fuels. The next day, ISO-NE held its annual forward capacity auction to determine how much funding fossil fuel plants like Merrimack Generating Station will receive to stay operable through 2025.

As one of the youth activists at this Saturday’s protest, Jordan King, a senior at Milford High School and member of the 350NH Youth Team, stated, “Because I’m a young person, my future is on the line and I don’t want to be the next thing to go extinct.” 

The group hopes to gain visibility for and bring more people into the No Coal No Gas campaign. Further, they aim to draw attention to an upcoming period from public comment on the ISO-NE auction results expected to take place between late February and April. 

[Photo: From left to right: Jordan King, Oliva Kreps, and Jake Vogler]

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Hundreds Gather for Virtual Launch of Statewide Climate and Jobs Coalition

graphic shows a faint background of a landscape with a river and text that reads "Renew New England: the New Hampshire Launch."

Community members, legislators, environmental advocates, social justice organizations, and others came together Thursday, January 14,  for the virtual launch of New Hampshire Renews, a statewide grassroots coalition created to address the Granite State’s interconnected crises of racial injustice, climate crisis, mass unemployment, and the coronavirus pandemic. The New Hampshire Renews campaign combines electoral work, coalition building, advocacy, and grassroots organizing to win bold policies for racial, economic and environmental justice. Guest speakers at the launch included Sunrise Movement Executive Director Varshini Prakash, State Representative Rebecca McWilliams, State Senator Rebecca Perkins Kwoka, as well as community and youth activists from across the Granite State.

“I am tired of frontline communities not being included while people organize around issues that heavily impact communities like mine,” says food justice organizer, Yolanda Huerta, “For so long I’ve struggled understanding how our voices can be heard, but I’ve found that it’s through coalitions like these that we can amplify our message. I am proud to be a part of a great Renews coalition that centers the voices of those most impacted while building real state power for change that will finally benefit all our communities.“

Jordan King, youth organizer, speaks about the need to take meaningful action, “If we don’t see the change we need soon, I can’t see a future ahead of me. The vision is foggy and unclear. But when I imagine a future where we took action to stop the climate crisis, the image is crystal clear,” she adds, “everyone has easy access to clean water, fresh air, cold winters, green trees, thriving wildlife, windmills, solar panels, public transportation, and fresh food from local farms.”

The initiative centers around a statewide jobs guarantee grounded in economic justice, racial justice and combating the climate crisis at the scale we need for a livable future.

New Hampshire Renews is part of the Renew New England Alliance, a growing coalition of nearly 150 organizations – including frontline communities, organized labor, Indigenous tribes, environmental justice advocates, youth groups, and racial justice organizations. In June of last year., Renew New England was joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, and Rep. Ro Khanna launched its shared vision and policy framework for the region. This week, New Hampshire joins Renew New England member states Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont, in launching a state Renew coalition.

Asma Elhuni, Movement Politics Director for grassroots organization, Rights & Democracy notes, “We are living in a time of major crisis. Crisis is the language of the earth telling us change is not only needed but is necessary. No better time than now is Renew New England needed. We are excited to unveil our 2021 Renews platform with the people of New Hampshire.” 

New Hampshire Renews coalition members include Rights & Democracy, 350 New Hampshire, American Friends Service Committee NH, Community Action Works, Conservation Law Foundation, Granite State Organizing Project, Merrimack River Watershed Council, ​New Hampshire Youth Movement, Penacook Band of Cowasuck-Abenaki, Rise Upper Valley, and Unitarian Universalist Action.

Did you miss the launch? Watch it here.

Sign our petition here to tell your state representatives to support the NH Renews policy platform.