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.


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.

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.


Other photos from the event: 

(All above are Dover)






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

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.

Write to your legislator:


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.


2020 Wrap Up: No More Granite Bridge

2020 has been a whirlwind year for the climate. We are seeing the impacts of the climate crisis in our community more and more every day. This year, we saw unprecedented fires sweep Australia and California, we witnessed the most storms that hurricane season has ever had, we saw higher than average temperatures across the Globe. Here in New Hampshire, we had an extreme drought, wildfires, and increased levels of flooding along our coast. 

This year also brought along a lot of pain. Racial injustice, mass unemployment, and the COVID-19 pandemic lead to preventable deaths, evictions, loss, and mass protest. The pandemic is now the worst it has been in the United States because our elected leaders failed to contain the virus and keep people safe. Despite the hardships we all faced, 350NH took our programs online and continued to fight for climate, economic and racial justice.

Here’s what 350NH accomplished in 2020:

We started off the year by running our campaigns around the primary elections in New Hampshire. We went to over 30 candidate events, and got Joe Biden on the record saying he would “end fossil fuels.” When March came around, we adapted to COVID-19 conditions and ran a virtual training series to prepare our community for organizing online and messaging during a pandemic. We advocated for a People’s Bailout instead of a bailout for corporations as the House and Senate worked to pass COVID-19 relief bills, and supported mutual aid efforts in our communities. We launched new remote volunteer teams to support our campaigns and mission. In May, we stood with Black Lives Matter organizers in NH by attending rallies, donating, and volunteering as de-escalators. 

This past July, we won our campaign to stop the Granite Bridge pipeline! After more than two and a half years of grassroots community organizing, we stopped the pipeline and showed Liberty Utilities that fracked gas has no future in New Hampshire. We sent a clear message: if utility companies plan to expand fracked methane gas in New Hampshire, they have to get through us. 

In July, we also saw the Schiller coal plant in Portsmouth shut down. The company that owns Schiller also owns Merrimack Generating Station in Bow which proves that our campaign to end the use of coal in NH is working!. Our campaign to shut down the coal plant in Bow will continue until we have a shut down date, and we will do what it takes to stop burning coal in New Hampshire once and for all. 

In August, we hired two new staff to work on elections, and welcomed in five new high school fellows to our Youth Organizing Team! We advocated for mail-in voting, and our political arm launched a Get Out the Vote effort for the State Primary Elections, and then again for the General Election. We contacted over 130,000 voters and elected dozens of climate champions. When the election ended, we stood in solidarity with people across the country to ensure every vote was counted. Now, in December, we are raising money so we can continue to do this important work to end the undue influence of the fossil fuel industry and bring about renewable energy for New Hampshire.

To all the volunteers, donors, community members, and allies who have made our work possible: THANK YOU. While there have been obstacles in our path, our organization continues to grow, defeat new fossil fuel infrastructure projects, and advocate for the needs of our community. We look forward to taking on the next challenge in 2021 to fight for clean energy and a more equitable future for all of us. 


The Granite State’s Response to COVID-19: Advancing Community Health and Recovery

350 New Hampshire, Rights and Democracy, New Hampshire Youth Movement, and the Granite State Organizing Project appreciate Governor Sununu’s first steps, in his recent emergency orders, to address the serious needs of Granite Staters in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in the face of this national and global crisis, far more must be done.

We know that communities are across the state are already coming together to provide mutual aid to residents who cannot wait for state or federal government response.

We are calling on your administration to follow the lead of these organizations and direct our collective resources as a state to those who most need our support now, and in the ensuing months.

In that spirit, we are asking that your administration, in conjunction with legislative leadership when necessary, immediately and, where appropriate, through the duration of the State of Emergency:

Economic & Employment Supports

  • Require utilities and landlords to not take to court customers who fell behind in payments during this emergency response period;
  • Mandate full compensation under unemployment for all those eligible for unemployment compensation, to protect low-income and tipped workers, as well as sole proprietors self-employed folks who will face the brunt of the economic crisis we are facing, above and beyond access to current levels of unemployment compensation;
  • Sign HB712 into law, creating a statewide paid family & medical leave system in New Hampshire;
  • Sign a minimum wage increase into law when a bill reaches your desk this spring, recognizing that low wage workers are vital to our society and deserve at least a minimum of $15 an hour; and,
  • Provide financial support for low-income Granite Staters to be able to cover their rent and utilities in the face of this ongoing crisis, so that we do not see a rash of evictions and harsh debt collection the day after these emergency orders expire.

Health Care & Frontline Response

  • Require testing for all health care, child care, long-term care, food service, and other frontline workers, as well as first responders; this will free infected workers up to file unemployment compensation claims, given that we now know that this virus is communicable prior to presentation of symptoms;
  • Rapidly expand drive-through and drop-in testing at locations throughout the state; and,
  • Provide a pool of direct service grants from the community economic development loan funds to ensure that needed nonprofits can deliver services to the elderly, disabled, and homebound.

Housing & Well-Being

  • Ensure that there is a clear, coordinated effort to deliver meals to vulnerable students during the extended school closure;
  • Institute an immediate statewide rent/mortgage holiday, rent/mortgage freeze, and/or rental assistance during the State of Emergency for all those financially impacted by temporary full or partial layoff, business closure, or other financial impact;
  • Provide homes and expanded services for people experiencing homelessness;
  • Ensure there is a clear, coordinated effort to deliver meals to homebound seniors and immunocompromised individuals in need;
  • Institute an immediate statewide rent/mortgage holiday, rent/mortgage freeze, and/or rental assistance;
  • Provide accessibility to online school for kids who may not have accessibility right now; waive the cost of internet for homes in NH and provide schools with laptops to dole out to students who need them to complete school assignments during social distancing;
  • Expand access to mental health professionals virtually and over the phone for all New Hampshire residents to access, if needed;
  • Ensure all needed services and benefits are available to all NH residents in need regardless of immigration status; ensure that New Hampshire’s law enforcement does not coordinate any activities with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to ensure that vulnerable immigrants can receive tests and treatment; and,
  • Release detainees; and short of that, ensure that those in custody have access to tests, treatment and that the right procedures are being followed and waive all fees and charges for inmates to make phone or video calls to family and friends.

Exercise your voice nationally

  • Call on President Trump and the Republican Party at large to cease racist and xenophobic comments placing the blame on Asians and immigrants at large for a virus that knows no borders;
  • Call on President Trump to suspend all federal and private student loans payments;
  • Call on the Trump administration to halt immigration enforcement and arrests to protect public health and immediately release detainees;
  • Call on President Trump to immediately direct the Secretary of Defense to activate the Army Corps of Engineers to address the COVID-19 health emergency by converting existing space into temporary medical centers that are ready to receive patients immediately, and to direct the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to release its reserve of medical supplies contained in the Strategic National Stockpile. Alternatively, call on the Adjutant General to deploy state property for the same purpose. This is needed in order to treat the increasing number of New Hampshire residents infected with the coronavirus.

Interning with 350NH

5 reasons to Intern with 350NH:
  • HUB Meetups
    • You get to meet great people with great ideas in a comfortable environment, discuss and execute actions that can make real change, while also having fun and eating free, homemade food, can’t go wrong here.
  • Making a Difference in your Local Community
    • How many times have you seen your local leaders and elected officials make terrible decisions devoid of any common sense? Interning with 350NH is a great way to rally community support to bring real action to important issues in your community.
  • The Lounge in the Office
    • Who doesn’t want to do their work in an enormous bean bag chair? No need to elaborate on this one.
  • Great Networking Opportunities
    • During my time here I have met some really cool people from all sorts of backgrounds. Whether they are politicians, scientists, activists, business owners, community leaders or just good people in general, I have made more connections this past summer than I have in awhile.
  • Helpful and Fun Coworkers
    • You won’t have to worry about complaining about your boss or peers after a long day, which is pretty hard to say about some workplaces. The people in the office space are awesome to be around and great to bounce ideas off of or answer questions if you have them.

 On a typical lecture day in my Advanced Topics in Sustainable Energy course, two 350NH members dropped in to propose volunteer opportunities with the organization. This turned into an alternative option for the final project of the class and I jumped on the opportunity to work with 350NH during the fall semester.

This summer, I was looking for an in-depth and hands on experience revolving around climate action and sustainable energy sources and I decided to do an internship with 350NH.  This decision resulted in one of the most refreshing atmospheres I have experienced in a long time. After being surrounded by negativity and hopelessness regarding climate change and other environmental issues for so long, finding a passionate organization dedicated to solving these problems has been a breath of fresh air.

Over the past few months I have had great opportunities that I otherwise would not have experienced. I picked the brains of multiple candidates, from Mindi Messmer to Steve Marchand and I met groundbreaking scientists and engineers, such as Dr. Habib Dagher, P.E., who has been developing floating offshore wind turbines at the University of Maine. These experiences have been fascinating, but the smaller tasks undertaken at 350NH have been equally as important to me. Organizing events, personal and social media outreach, behind the scenes projects and community interaction and involvement have all been growing experiences.

Although it is bittersweet to move on from this internship, I have taken a lot from my time at 350NH and plan to continue the good fight for climate action and more. To anyone who is thinking about volunteering or interning with 350NH, you will find yourself surrounded by great people doing great work, so I say go for it.  

-Dylan Reed


Invisible Hand Film Screening and Discussion

Residents throughout New Hampshire have not been asked if they want more fossil fuel infrastructure but that hasn’t stopped Liberty Utilities from coming into our communities and pushing the Granite Bridge Pipeline on us. Sadly, the Granite Bridge story is a common one. People all across the country are not asked if they want the corporate harm that is permitted in their communities. But we’re all standing up to protect our homes and claim our rights. Join Citizen Action for Exeter’s Environment’s pre-release film screening of Invisable Hand and a discussion afterwards with Thomas Linzey, the executive director of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF).

Narrated by award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo and directed by the alarming, award-winning filmmakers Joshua B. Pribanic and Melissa A. Troutman, Invisable Hand takes you inside the struggle behind the curtain of our daily economy to reveal a new future for democracy and Nature. ‘Rights of Nature’ becomes “capitalism’s one true opponent.”

Join Exeter residents of the  INVISIBLE HAND — followed by Q&A with Thomas Linzey, executive director of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). If you plan on attending please RSVP below.

Invisable Hand trailer:

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