How did 350.org come to Austin? Our Guests Bobbie and Gil give us the breakdown:
An exploratory meeting held in our living room on October 11, 2016 was attended by about 40 people concerned about climate change who were interested in starting a local affiliate of 350.org. We became an official affiliate in November 2016. We have had several events since our launch (e.g., Austin Stands with Standing Rock, a Holiday Event and our first Open Meeting), the big event on February 9 2017 is our official Kick Off. Our guest on Shades of Green were:
Bobbie Tsukahara: (soo-ka-hara)
Clinical psychologist and co-founder of 350 Austin with husband, Gil Starkey. I made the decision to retire from my practice in order to devote myself full time to launching 350 Austin and to fighting against climate change.
Co-founder of 350 Austin and am committed to bringing the principles, goals, and strategies of 350.org to Austin in the fight against climate change here at Ground Zero of the fossil fuel industry.
Member of the 350 Austin founding organizing team, became active in 2014 with Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal team’s effort to retire the Fayette coal power plant, Co-Chair of the Wildflower [Unitarian-Universalist] Church’s climate action team, and also active with Sierra Club’s Environmental Justice team.
Member of the Core Team of 350 Austin, active in ATX Environmental Justice group of the Sierra Club, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and the Austin Climate Alliance as well as members of almost every other organization fighting global warming.