Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification


More Climate Action--Less Hot Air

Oakland, CA


We are building a grassroots climate movement in the Bay Area and beyond to achieve the elimination of carbon pollution and press for socially equitable solutions and a just transition to clean energy.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Laura Neish

Co Principal Officer

Nan Parks

Main Address

PO Box 18762

Oakland, CA 94619 USA

Formerly Known As

350 Bay Area Climate Education Fund


advocacy, education, climate action





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Climate disruption has devastating effects on all life but disproportionately impacts communities least responsible for extraction and use of fossil fuels. Youth facing an uncertain future need empowerment as leaders to enable them to advocate for themselves and their communities. 350 Bay Area provides that support. At regulatory agencies, industry interests are always represented by paid lobbyists. Decision makers benefit from hearing a strong counterbalancing argument on behalf of communities impacted by pollution and the public's interest in a safe climate for future generations. Climate denial, inaction and dismantling of regulatory agencies is currently blocking federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. Opportunities for greenhouse gas reductions abound at the state, regional and local level. 350 Bay Area plays a crucial role leading our region, California and the nation in raising awareness, advocating solutions and speeding the transition to clean energy.

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Local Government Climate Emergency Mobilization

Youth Vs. Apocalypse

Clean Energy

Clean Air

Fossil Fuel Resistance


Legislative Education

Speaker's Bureau

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350 Bay Area’s goal is to leverage the power of grassroots mobilization to create the necessary disruption required to force governments to step up and create viable solutions for the climate crisis. Our objectives are to grab the attention of the press and the public with street actions, while simultaneously enacting policy change at every opportunity at our state, regional and local government agencies to aggressively drive down greenhouse gases and to achieve a rapid transition from reliance on fossil fuels to 100% clean energy. 350 Bay Area’s ultimate vision is that all who live in the Bay Area and beyond equitably share clean air, water and soil in a healthy, thriving and stable post-carbon future. 350 Bay Area Action, our sister 501(c)4 organization trains and supports volunteers to work on effective California climate legislation. (See 350 Bay Area Action’s profile on Candid) Goal 1 : In the absence of federal initiatives to address the climate crisis, 350 Bay Area is working together with allies to eliminate carbon pollution to net zero as soon as possible but no later than 2045 by working to assure all nine counties and 101 cities in the Bay Area declare climate emergencies, set aggressive zero carbon targets, and implement policies and ordinances to get there. Led by our regional organizers, all five of our local groups are deeply committed to this work. Goal 2 : Through education and advocacy, we are actively working to hold agencies and elected officials accountable to protect and defend the health of communities most impacted by pollution. In 2020, our advocacy at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will lead to adoption of groundbreaking regulations to reduce emissions of dangerous Particulate Matter (PM) and put an end to refinery offsets and pollution trading, setting standards which will be replicated throughout California. 350 Bay Area has legal “party” standing in rule-makings at the CA Public Utilities Commission, where we will continue to defend rooftop solar and Community Clean Energy from attacks and push for a speedy transition from Natural gas as a power source. Goal 3 : As young people take leadership of the international climate movement, 350 Bay Area will support and grow our youth-led climate justice program Youth Vs. Apocalypse (YVA). The program’s goal is to provide climate education in schools and to build and lead a grassroots movement of youth activists that are empowered to resolve specific environmental issues in their own communities and to act as local leaders of the youth climate movement. YVA aims to attain a livable and stable climate, a pollution-free environment, and an equitable, sustainable, and just world.

Strategy 1 : Organize a Regional Climate Emergency Mobilization (CEM) to declare a state of climate emergency backed up by Climate Action Plans to meet State greenhouse gas reduction goals. 350 Bay Area is an organizer and leader of a task force that has been meeting regularly since February 2019 to bring together city officials and their staff with climate, environmental justice, labor and faith activists at a Regional Climate Emergency Summit in Spring 2020. The summit will build leadership and commitment for action, and launch an ongoing CEM effort throughout the Bay Area to facilitate city councils and their staff sharing information, plans, actions and ordinances to accelerate policy implementation, particularly for smaller cities which lack sustainability staff. All our local groups are already engaging with jurisdictions in their counties in this effort. Strategy 2 : Build power with government agencies to confront the fossil fuel industry, prevent any infrastructure expansions, and tighten regulations to reduce carbon pollution. There is a gap between the degree of action required to meet California’s climate targets and the degree of action being taken by the institutions vested with the responsibility of climate protection. We directly challenge these dynamics by pairing the voices of many activists and the conclusions of the world’s best scientists with high-level technical and political analysis, then bring it to bear on the pressure points within agencies to create significant regional regulatory change. At the Bay Area Air Quality Management District we work together with the staff, Advisory Council and Board of Directors with a current focus on rule-making to reduce emissions of Particulate Matter (PM) from refineries and other sources and to end the practice of pollution trading. Reducing PM from refineries protects health and also reduces greenhouse gasses that drive climate breakdown. Strategy 3 : Train, mobilize and empower Youth Vs. Apocalypse climate activists to lead actions demanding a safe future for themselves and their communities. With sufficient support, this program aims to bring climate justice education to 2000 Bay Area youth per year, to establish climate justice clubs in ten schools, and to support a diverse group of thirty of the most committed young climate justice activists as they work together to lift the voices of youth, particularly youth of color, to fight for their future. Youth Vs. Apocalypse has emerged as one of our most effective strategies for breaking through public apathy about the climate crisis and commanding the attention of decision makers, the press, and the public. The YVA activist team is well trained and supported, but entirely youth led. The students choose their targets and timing, but also respond to calls to action from national organizations like 350.org and the Sunrise Movement.

Since 2012, 350 Bay Area has become a hub for climate justice action serving the nine-county Bay Area. We support and work together with local 350 groups in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, the East Bay and Napa. Our capability to raise funds has been growing steadily. Funded by hundreds of community supporters, 350 Bay Area in turn supports hundreds of advocacy activists and is 80% run by volunteers. We currently have over 16,500 emailable contacts and a part-time staff of four. Our programs and campaigns cover resistance to fossil fuel infrastructure expansions, defending communities impacted by pollution, divestment, clean energy and transportation. We help lead a network of environmental justice organizations, including frontline refinery groups, that work on improving air quality. 350 Bay Area is the dominant community stakeholder in policy processes at the Bay Area Air District, which oversees the region’s polluters. Years of focused advocacy, repeatedly turning out speakers from communities around the region to board and committee meetings, and deep, strategic collaboration with both elected board members and agency staff has caused a wholesale widening and deepening of the agency’s climate program. We have a record of leading major demonstrations for climate action with thousands of participants in the East Bay, San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and in local communities around the Bay. In the last year our youth program has presented climate education to over 600 youth, supported climate justice clubs at 5 East Oakland middle and high schools and organized and trained a fellowship program for 20 youth to gain additional leadership and activist skills. Students are trained and supported by our program director, a teacher with 16 years of experience working with culturally diverse youth. Youth Vs. Apocalypse has an impressive record of demonstrations, marches, published op-eds and extensive national and international press coverage detailed below. In the past year alone Youth Vs Apocalypse *Had an encounter with Senator Dianne Feinstein captured on a video that went viral with 11 million views. *Led the largest youth march and rally in Bay Area history with 2,000 youth participating in March. *Organized and led another Student Strike March in San Francisco with 40,000 participants in September. *Testified for fossil fuel divestment at the CalSTRS State Teachers Pension Fund. *Led street actions to stop Coal from coming to the Port of Oakland for export. *Got presidential candidates at the CA Democratic Convention to sign pledges not to take fossil fuel money. *Had individual members profiled in sources including Democracy Now, The New York Times, The Guardian, Sierra Magazine, Grist, Capital and Main, and many other local and national outlets. *Individual members published Op-Eds in Teen Vogue, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and Common Dreams. *Became the subject of a documentary by Brave New Films.

In pursuit of our three current main strategies, here is how we will measure our progress in FY 2019-2020: Strategy 1: Bay Area Climate Emergency Mobilization * We organize a Regional Climate Emergency Mobilization Summit in conjunction with as many allies as possible. All Bay Area counties and large cities send staff to the Summit plus at least one elected official (or their aide) attends. * Cities representing 80% of the Bay Area population sign Climate Emergency Declarations within one year. * All cities declaring climate emergencies agree to revise their Climate Action Plan goals to become carbon neutral "as soon as possible" and no later than the State's goal of 100% carbon neutral by 2045. Strategy 2: Prevent fossil fuel infrastructure expansions, and tighten regulations to reduce carbon pollution. * No Air District permits are issued for refinery expansions to increase production. * Work at the Air District is underway to develop and implement a novel Particulate Matter Plan and Regional Combustion Strategy to reduce pollution. * Work at the Air District is underway to amend permitting regulations to protect overburdened communities from the health impacts of pollution trading. * One of the region’s five largest cities adopts an aggressive building decarbonization ordinance to get natural gas out of new or existing buildings. * The California Public Utilities Commission does not weaken rooftop solar or Community Clean Energy and does not approve any new fossil fueled power plants. Strategy 3 : Youth Vs. Apocalypse climate activists lead actions demanding a safe future for themselves and their communities. Just in 2019, YVA has achieved noteworthy changes to climate policy, like Senator Dianne Feinstein’s withdrawal of her version of the Green New Deal proposal after her encounter with student activists went viral, or several presidential candidates signing the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge after being approached by YVA at the California Democratic Convention. Although students themselves lead actions they require adult supervision for safety due to their age (11-18). With sufficient financial support YVA will increase: * The number of YVA organized and led climate marches, demonstrations, sit-ins, press conferences, published op-eds and other actions. * The numbers of partners, allied groups and individuals joining their actions. * The number of direct in-person contacts they have with decision-makers. * The quantity and quality of exposure YVA earns from the press and the public. * The number of youth provided climate justice education from 600 to 2000. * The number of weekly school clubs from 5 to 10. * The number of youth actively involved in the fellowship program from 20 to 30.

350 Bay Area is one of the few organizations in the Bay Area engaged in deep climate policy advocacy. Along with public demonstrations and actions, we have materially kept greenhouse gases in the ground through our relentless policy work and advocacy campaigns, while working with frontline communities to block fossil fuel expansions in the region. First Regional Decarbonization Plan in the United States, April 2017. Five years of our advocacy at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District was instrumental to the development and adoption of an innovative, multi-sectoral Regional Climate Protection Strategy. “Spare the Air, Cool the Climate” lays out a vision of a fossil-free Bay Area by 2050 and starts the region on a path to get there, with a raft of measures to lower greenhouse gases and reduce community health impacts from pollution. Defeated Utility Opposition & Won a Citywide Clean Energy Program, June 2019. Years of our focused advocacy throughout San Francisco government undermined long-standing political and industry opposition and drove the launch and full implementation of CleanPowerSF, the city’s Community Choice Energy program. CleanPowerSF now serves cleaner energy than PG&E to over 400,000 customer accounts for the same or lower price, while investing in the development of new renewable energy resources in the region. First U.S. City to Ban Natural Gas in New Buildings, July 2019. Two of 350 Bay Area’s early leaders were appointed to the Berkeley Energy Commission and developed a policy adopted by the city to ban new natural gas hookups, the first city in the country to do so. This achievement closely followed Berkeley’s Climate Emergency Resolution, the first in the State, lobbied for by 350 East Bay. Both these initiatives are now being adopted by other Bay Area cities. A Winning Model to “Keep It In the Ground,” July 2019. Our research uncovered that San Francisco had long owned land in Kern County leased for fossil fuel extraction. We worked with the city government to ban this land use and set the lease for cancellation. The first parcels are now starting to be sold off. Eighty two producing oil wells will be shut down permanently. Youth Vs. Apocalypse is on an expanding trajectory. The program is attracting widespread press attention as leaders of local climate action for global events. Youth leadership of major actions presents challenges for 350 Bay Area. Each new success and new initiative requires more adult supervision for training, transportation and safety. We are doing our best to provide this with limited resources. On March 15 in San Francisco YVA led 2,000 young people in the largest youth march and rally in Bay Area history. Then, after organizing and leading 40,000 in the September 20 San Francisco Climate Strike, on September 27 their most recent rally shut down the entrance to Chevron headquarters in San Ramon, CA for over three hours , drawing 250 participants and many TV news reports.

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