350 Madison Climate Action Team


Tar Sands Campaign

The Tar Sands Campaign is fighting Enbridge tar sands pipelines in Wisconsin. Our aims are to block expansion of Line 61 and to halt plans for an adjacent Line 66. We support efforts led by those most impacted, including tribes, landowners, and affected community members.

Divestment Campaign

2016 was the hottest year on record. The Divestment Team focuses on convincing institutions that investments in fossil fuel are not only ethically and fiscally irresponsible, but are literally wrecking the planet we call home—all for profit. Banks are our current focus since without their support, dirty pipeline projects can't get funded.

Community Energy Campaign

The Community Energy Team is focused on taking action on and responsibility for our own fossil fuel use. We work to create and change policies that impact our energy use and nurture a culture of reducing energy use and using clean, renewable energy to reduce our carbon footprint.

The Fight Is Not Over

By Peter Anderson, 350 Madison     After a 3-year-long fight, the Enbridge pipeline company received its final permit from Dane County for its Waterloo pumping station in the town of Medina on Thursday. This doesn’t mean the fight is over. As far as 350 Madison is concerned, Enbridge and its infrastructure remain in the (More...)

Tar Sands

Good Bike Infrastructure Is a Simple Way to Reduce Emissions

By Harry Bennett, 350 Madison I have been convinced for years of the viability of bicycle transportation and its possibilities of being one of the simplest and most elegant strategies to reduce carbon emissions from transportation. In 2008 I started keeping close track of my bicycle riding miles, as opposed to automobile travel, and how (More...)

Community Energy

We Can All Be Climate Activists, No Matter Where We Live

By Janette Rosenbaum, 350 Madison     Environmental activists are often criticized for driving, flying, being on the grid, or otherwise engaging in less than saintly behavior, environmentally speaking. Our failure to live a zero-carbon lifestyle is used as evidence that we’re not seriously committed to ending the use of fossil fuels. In reality, activists (More...)

Community Energy

Landowners vs. Enbridge, Take Two (Landowners Win!)

By Elizabeth Ward, Sierra Club, Wisconsin Safe Energy (WiSE) Alliance   Two weeks ago, Enbridge worked behind the scenes to get a resolution opposing eminent domain for private gain for oil pipelines tabled within a committee of the Wood County Board of Supervisors. Landowners in Marshfield got together to strategize and organize and attended the (More...)

Tar Sands

530+350 = 0? According to Enbridge…

By WiSE Alliance   Enbridge regularly puts out an Investor Presentation to let their current and potential investors know what they are planning and working on. For those trying to decipher what Enbridge’s plans are, it is also the best plan to learn what projects Enbridge sees in their future. In June, Enbridge released an (More...)

Tar Sands

MGE Could Lead in Cutting Transportation Emissions

By Beth Esser, 350 Madison | co-founder, MGE Shareholders for Clean Energy     I was raised on coal. My dad worked at a coal power plant for 28 years. This physically demanding job was not easy, but it was a good union job and it helped provide my parents the ability to raise four daughters. (More...)

Community Energy

Spring Updates From Our Children’s Trust

In December, we published a post on the effort to persuade then-President Obama to settle Juliana v. United States in the waning days of his presidency. This lawsuit—filed in 2015 by 21 young plaintiffs ages 8–19, joined by Dr. James Hansen—claims the federal government has violated the young plaintiffs’ “constitutional rights to life, liberty, and (More...)

Settle the Children’s Climate Lawsuit!

It’s obvious that Donald Trump will be a disaster for our movement for a livable climate. But what if there were a way to tie his hands? Well, there is! We learned of it in mid-December and have been moving quickly to put together a social media campaign to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. (More...)

What’s Next for Standing Rock?

For several years, 350 Madison and our allies have been fighting Enbridge’s plan to use Wisconsin as a tar sands superhighway bringing dirty oil from Alberta through the Midwest, to be refined and then exported from Texas ports to Europe. So it goes without saying that we’ve supported the Standing Rock resistance to the Dakota (More...)

Enbridge Pursues Its Case Against Dane County with New Representation from Governor Walker’s “Fixer”

In the fight over whether Enbridge—the $42 billion Canadian pipeline company—should be allowed to triple the capacity of its tar sands pipeline through Dane County without cleanup insurance, the county has been joined by landowners living adjacent to the pipeline and 350 Madison. They contend that taxpayers have a right to be protected from future (More...)

Tar Sands