350 Madison’s First Five Years

350 Madison was born when a small, diverse group of citizens came together in January 2012 out of deep concern about climate change. Among them were teachers, grandparents, students, and farmers. One had been a notable Wisconsin environmentalist since 1970. Two were transplants from Kansas, where they fought TransCanada’s strongarm tactics to gain pipeline easements on their land. Another was a Quaker with a long career in public policy. Yet another had been a leader in the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. Several were among those arrested in the first demonstrations against tar sands pipelines at the White House in 2011.

In January 2017, we celebrated 350 Madison’s fifth birthday. This slideshow documents our many creative actions and gatherings over the first five years.

Slideshow photo credits: MS, Julia Isaacs

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.