Hamilton 350 Committee

About Us

Hamilton 350 is a grassroots group based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and affiliated with the world-wide 350.org network. Our mission is to build an engaged, aware local movement for urgent action and advocacy on the climate emergency that all of us face.

We are committed to supporting Indigenous self-determination, incorporating anti-racism and anti-oppression into our work, and continuously educating ourselves and each other. Everyone is welcome in Hamilton 350, including marginalized peoples and students/young people, who are likely to bear more of the brunt of climate change.

We acknowledge that we are on the traditional lands of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Mississauga peoples, which are governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Agreement and are covered by the Great Lakes Purchase of 1792.

Our Story

350.org was founded in 2008 by a group of university friends in the United States along with author Bill McKibben, who wrote one of the first books on global warming for the general public. The goal was to build a global climate movement. 350 was named after 350 parts per million (ppm)—the safe concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. 350 is now international, with a national chapter in Canada and local chapters throughout the country.

The Hamilton 350 Committee* began in June 2009 in response to a call issued by 350.org to organize a world day of climate action in October of that year. Numerous local organizations came together at the urging of Environment Hamilton and a substantial event was organized that featured educational workshops in and around Gore Park on Saturday, October 24, followed by a march to the Federal Building at Bay and York that had 350 participants. A canvas banner signed by several hundred people was presented at the rally to three federal MPs who delivered it to Parliament.

As of the beginning of 2021, there had been over 100 meetings of the Committee, along with frequent meetings of subcommittees, resulting in numerous public actions in Hamilton and the surrounding area. These have included presentations to city council, numerous rallies and marches in response to 350.org calls or other events, as well as film showings and speakers, media releases, and co-sponsoring of public events by other groups  such as Environment Hamilton, the Council of Canadians, the Hamilton Blue Dot Movement, Democracy Probe International, Dundas in Transition, KAIROS, Fossil Free McMaster, Friends of Red Hill Valley, Ontario Climate Consortium, and Extinction Rebellion Hamilton.

* Although Hamilton 350 responds to many of 350 Canada’s calls to actions, we are an independent chapter and will not always endorse the same positions as them. We also have a strong local and provincial focus.

Timeline

March

  • Co-hosted with the Council of Canadians the Hamilton Rally for a Just Transition at City Hall, one of around 50 such rallies taking place across Canada.

September

  • The Election Action (EA) group formed in response to 350 Canada’s call for a national day of action as wildfires raged across the country and a federal election loomed. Two rallies, Canada Is On Fire and Canada Is STILL On Fire, were held before the September 2021 federal election.

June

  • The Elders for Climate Sanity (ECS) group held a series of pickets and protests to encourage Hamiltonians to take their money out of the Big Five banks and put it in local credit unions.

March

  • Co-hosted with the Council of Canadians the Hamilton Rally for a Just Transition at City Hall, one of around 50 such rallies taking place across Canada.

July

  • Rallied in Toronto on 5 July as part of #jobsjustclimate.

January

  •  Participated in the Line 9 Day of Action protest.

Code of Ethics

How we treat each other within the organization

We are a grassroots organization made up entirely of dedicated volunteers committed to environmental integrity and addressing the climate emergency. We embrace diversity and treat each other with kindness, respect, and integrity. We work with one another to create a lively and caring environment. We operate with the best intentions, fully recognizing that our words and actions might have a different impact and result in misunderstandings. Since we all come with our own identities and experiences, we understand that we might unconsciously make mistakes toward one another.

We commit ourselves to:

  • Listening respectfully to each other.
  • Being open to learning from feedback about our ideas and behaviour.
  • Treating each other well, even when mistakes have been made.
  • Ongoing learning about the oppression that divides our society, impacts H350 and our broader community, and hinders environmental and climate justice.
  • Supporting constructive communication among our members when grievances are expressed or violations of the Code of Ethics are observed.

Thank you for strengthening Hamilton 350’s fight for a just future!S