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Jamie Henn
Jamie Henn is Co-founder and Strategy and Communications Director for, an international climate campaign, as well as the Communications Director for 350 Action. Over the past five years, has organized more than 20,000 climate demonstrations in over 180 countries around the world. In the United States, has helped lead the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline and coordinate the growing fossil fuel divestment movement. Born in Boston, living in Brooklyn, Jamie is the co-author of "Fight Global Warming Now" and a contributor to MSNBC, Yes Magazine, Common Dreams, Grist, and (of course) Huffington Post.

Entries by Jamie Henn

The People Rejected Keystone XL

(73) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 5:38 PM

Four years ago, on a hot August night in 2011, a few dozen people gathered in a church in Washington, D.C preparing to get arrested.

It was the eve of Tar Sands Action, two weeks of sit-ins that we'd planned to take place at the White House to help...

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Climate's Moral Moment: The Pope and Divestment

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 12:15 PM

Back in 2006, when I was a student at Middlebury College in Vermont, a group of friends and I teamed up with Bill McKibben, our "scholar-in-residence" on campus, to organize a walk across the state to call for climate action.

It being Vermont, and Bill being a literary kind...

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Ripple Effect: The People's Climate March One Year Later

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 4:44 PM


One year ago today, I was standing at the top of Sixth Avenue here in New York City with 400,000 others at the People's Climate March. We stood with our hands raised together in the air -- mothers, students, workers, doctors, climate activists...

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There's No Development On a Dead Planet

(11) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 10:17 AM

There are some things you can't adapt to. Earlier last March, as delegates from around the world were still debating the Sustainable Development Goals that will be presented later this month, Cyclone Pam slammed into the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu.

The cyclone made landfall with wind speeds

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Tune in Live! Off & On: The Climate Movement and the Road Through Paris

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 4:56 PM

Join leaders and luminaries from around the world on September 10th for Off & On, a riveting multimedia experience that will outline the depths of the climate crisis, and launch a powerful new framework to pull the world back from the brink of catastrophe.

Starting at 7:00pm ET, Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Cynthia Ong, Eddie Bautista, and other climate leaders will be speaking live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. You can tune in on the livestream above and join the conversation with the hashtag #OffAndOn.

To learn more about's plans for the Road Through Paris, click...

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Hillary Clinton's Keystone Crisis

(204) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 2:55 PM

Hillary Clinton's pipeline problem started in earnest this July 28, when Bruce Blodgett, a retired software engineer, asked Clinton about her position on Keystone XL during a town hall forum in Nashua, New Hampshire. The video of Clinton's response is painful to watch,...

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Next Up, Keystone XL

(132) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 11:11 AM

On Monday morning, President Obama stood before a roomful of White House officials and environmental advocates to announce the release of the Clean Power Plan, his long awaited regulations on emissions from coal fired power plants.

The President spoke of the "moral necessity" of climate action and the obligation...

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Harvard Students and Alumni Launch Weeklong Sit-in for Fossil Fuel Divestment

(4) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 11:47 AM


Hundreds of students, alumni, faculty and community members joined forces in Harvard Yard on Sunday night to launch "Harvard Heat Week," a weeklong sit-in for fossil fuel divestment. As of 11:00 p.m., dozens of students and supporters were still blockading the...

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With State of the Union, Obama Hints at Keystone XL Rejection

(22) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 11:14 PM

Just minutes after President Obama finished his 2015 State of the Union, Politico, the consummate inside-the-beltway media outlet, sent out an email to its "Politico Pro" email list with the subject, "What Obama said, what he meant." The entire body of the email was just:

What he said: "Let's...

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The Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Right Where We Want It

(6) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 11:29 AM

Back in August 2011, during the first few days of sit-ins at the White House against the Keystone XL pipeline, the press basically ignored us. I'd call around to all the national outlets and wires and mostly get the question "What's Keystone XL?" or "Isn't that out in Nebraska somewhere?"...

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The COP20 Climate Talks Disaster Movie

(6) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 7:01 PM

A die-in on the last official day of the COP20 climate talks

It's late Saturday night in Lima, Peru and the COP20 United Nations climate talks are about to reconvene for another late-night, overtime session. The talks were supposed to wrap up on...

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The Climate Talks Find an Enemy at COP20: The Fossil Fuel Industry

(26) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 11:11 AM


The UN Climate Talks in Paris next December are shaping up be high noon for the fossil fuel industry.

Over the last week, negotiators here in Lima have been working on the draft of a new climate agreement that world leaders hope...

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A Fossil Fuel Scandal at the Climate Talks in Lima

(5) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 4:36 PM


The fossil fuel industry has created a bit of a scandal for itself here at the UN Climate Talks in Lima.

For the last week, a group called the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) has been passing around a booklet of side...

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The U.S.-China Climate Deal Strengthens the Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment

(9) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 2:42 PM


The new climate deal between the U.S. and China isn't enough to solve climate change. But it's still a big deal -- and it's a game changer for the fossil fuel divestment effort.

In their announcement on Wednesday, both countries...

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What the Midterms Mean for Keystone XL

(5) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 4:53 PM

Votes are still being cast, but we already have a sense of what this election means for the fight against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

When it comes to the pipeline, these midterms have been rather like Macbeth's dour take on life, "a tale, told by an idiot, full...

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A Climate Movement That Can't Be Ignored

(154) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 1:53 PM

The New York state elections just concluded, and the national midterms are still weeks away, but there is a campaign office in downtown Manhattan that has just gone into overdrive. Volunteers there are hard at work on another deadline: September 21.

That's the day of the People's...

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Bill McKibben Coming to Boston for Major Climate Change Event

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 4:43 PM

This Friday, August 22, author, activist, and climate rabble rouser, Bill McKibben will be coming to Boston for a major event at the Boston Opera House to build support for what he and fellow organizers hope will be the largest march for climate action...ever.

In an evening...

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Climate and Cigarettes: Will the National Climate Assessment Spark Real Action?

(62) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 6:55 PM

This Tuesday, the White House released the most comprehensive (and frightening) report yet on the impacts that climate change is already having on the United States.

"Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present," wrote the scientists who authored...

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'Divest It Like It's Hot': These Students Have Vests on, You Won't Believe What They Do Next

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 8:08 PM

"I got McKibben on the phone and I'm gonna protest, gotta stop climate change; you know its time to divest."

It's not the first time that's Bill McKibben has been name dropped in a music video, but it may just be the best. Fresh out of Santa Clara...

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Governor Brown, Don't Frack California

(5) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 7:35 PM

The fight over the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has generated a lot of debate. But another fight brewing out west in California is equally symbolic of the current debate raging about our energy future.

Just as the decision on Keystone XL is firmly on President Obama's desk, the...

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