New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th St. NYC
So much happening this month! Jump start your fall climate activism at our meeting on August 22.
ELECTIONS! We’ll discuss upcoming actions in advance of the NYS Primaries on Sept 13th and how we’ll hold Cuomo and all our incumbents feet to the fire! Come and share information about what you’re doing to advance a progressive agenda & get people to vote, or find out how you can plug into the action. #VoteClimate
MOBILIZATION! We’re gearing up for the mega march on September 6th#RiseNY for Climate, Jobs & Justice. Plan to join 350NYC & help us mobilize for the big event
To achieve this vision, every Monday night we mobilize this demand at CLIMATE ACTION MONDAYS, featuring live entertainment from NYC’s finest!
Our ground strategy is for NYC activists to engage their hometown Congressional District. And you too can “Adopt-A-District” and make climate history with us
Activists who know the struggle embrace the OFF Act solution, with over 400 diverse groups endorsing, 44 Sponsors, and dozens of 2018 Candidates pledged! If we unite to fight, together we can pass The OFF Act by 2021, and change our fate. Welcome to the climate showdown! Let’s outlaw Big Oil!
Rally & Petition Delivery: Cuomo, Be a Climate Leader!
Join us in delivering thousands of petitions to Governor Cuomo, urging him to be a true climate leader. We’ll be rallying outside Cuomo’s Manhattan office, calling on him to stop fossil fuel infrastructure and shift New York to 100 percent renewable energy.
We have a crucial window of opportunity to influence Cuomo in advance of the elections, and we must take advantage of it. 633 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017
We’re organizing small teams for District office visits to New York State Senators here in New York. Come out and join the planning in person at Calligaris, 144 W 18th St NYC. 7:30 – 9:30.
If you can’t make it to the meeting but want to help, fill out this form and we’ll get back to you with details.
And we will have music & Potluck – so come & join the fun!
#VoteClimate #ClimatetheVote. #ClimateMondays
Friday, August 10th @ 7 – 8:30 PM
Road to Change NYC Town Hall
Join the students from Parkland on their national tour stop in NYC. The aim is to get people educated, registered, and motivated to vote! We’ll talk about how we need to rally our generation around saving lives this November and stand up to the NRA. Bring a friend and get registered to vote on site with March for Our Lives. New York Society for Ethical Culture• 2 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023RSVP here
Wednesday, August 8th @ 10:30a.m. – 1pm
Sunrise NYC Rally: Tell Cuomo No Fossil Fuel Money!
We have demanded that Governor Cuomo reject dirty fossil fuel money on SIX separate occasions at fundraisers, speeches, and even his Manhattan office but he has refused to listen. Today, we are bringing this fight to his office to show him that his constituents want him to stand up for the lives and wellbeing of New Yorkers, not corporate profits. #NoFossilFuelMoneyPledgeGov. Cuomo’s Office, 633 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017 RSVP on Facebook
With elections on the horizon, it’s time for a showdown with Big Oil & Congress, and it starts now in NYC. Announcing the launch of a CLIMATE WAR ROOM every Monday night, with a GRAND OPENING on June 4th. Please click on this Eventbrite link to RSVP
Climate Action Mondays: Broadway Sings For Climate Activists & Launch of 2018 Election Hub, June 4 – Experience immersive climate activism with amazing entertainment. Featuring stars from Spring Awakening, Sunday in the Park, and Hamilton. Enjoy NYC’s best and take quick powerful action on this planetary emergency.
Save-the-Planet Activism. Amazing Performances. Together, we’ll unite the movement behind a national solution, sound the emergency, and call the political question: Are you For Big Oil? or For The Planet?
We finally have litmus tests to box-in the politicians:
A Bill in the U.S. Congress to implement the Paris Agreement, by mandating 100% renewables nationwide by 2035, called The OFF FOSSIL FUELS ACT.
On July 21st, 2018 come rally for statewide, national, and global climate justice! Students across NYC and the country are calling on policymakers to cut ties with the fossil fuel industry and invest in a sustainable future. The time for environmental action is now! RSVP on Eventbrite
There is no life without the ocean. But humans are treating the ocean like a garbage area for plastics and toxins, the ocean is warming due to our continued burning of fossil fuels, and we are endangering many of the species that provide us food by over-fishing. Off-shore drilling is a big risk for all of this.
Several of the sister events include water-based activities (e.g. paddling from Atlantic City, NJ to Washington DC) There are a couple of local organizations sponsoring, or through your own initiative, to clean up trash from beaches and rivers. In the NYC area the Sea Shepard will be doing a beach clean-up in Brooklyn, and you can sign up via their website.
You can also show your support by wearing blue and boycotting plastics on Saturday, June 9.
Wednesday, June 13
Hearing: NYC Lawsuit AgainstFive Largest Fossil Fuel Companies for Climate Change Damages @11:00 am
Let’s pack the room! New York City filed a federal lawsuit against the five largest investor-owned fossil fuel producers (BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell) seeking costs the City had incurred and would continue to incur to protect itself and its residents from the impacts of climate change.
“We’re bringing the fight against climate change straight to the fossil fuel companies that knew about its effects and intentionally misled the public to protect their profits,” de Blasio said in a statement. “As climate change continues to worsen, it’s up to the fossil fuel companies whose greed put us in this position to shoulder the cost of making New York safer and more resilient.”
For more info Sign up here Facebook EventBXE is planning a three day sharing/training, art-build and action from June 23-25, beginning the morning of Saturday, June 23rd. Sign up hereOur communities and our planet are in desperate need of a halt to the permitting and building of all new fossil fuel pipelines and other infrastructure. Communities in the way of proposed new pipelines, compressor stations, storage and export facilities face toxic industrialization, eminent domain abuse, air, land and water pollution, and threats to health and safety. And our disrupted climate can only heal when jobs-creating renewable energy and energy efficiency have displaced fossil fuels, and people power has displaced corporate power. Continue Reading
Wed, May 30th
Film Screening – Wasted: The Story of Food Waste
@7:00 – 9:00pm New York Society for Ethical Culture
WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.
WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows us how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century.
This event is brought to you by the 350NYC Climate Education group. As always, the event is free and we will “pass the hat” to help offset costs incurred.
Snacks available. Doors open at 6:30pm. Program starts at 7pm sharp.
The New York State Pension fund, the 3rd largest in the USA, has more than $6 billion invested in fossil fuel companies including Exxon.
Climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity! It’s time for State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to follow Scott Stringer’s lead and take real climate action by divesting the state pension fund from oil, gas and coal companies.
Join us tomorrow for a Fossil Free rally at the comptroller’s New York City offices to demand DiNapoli Divests Now!!
Governor Cuomo is the keynote speaker at a New York League of Conservation Voters fundraiser — and we’ll be picketing outside, calling on him to stop all new oil & gas projects and move New York to 100 percent renewable energy.
Monday, May 7th @ 11a.m #ShutDownChase in New York City.
Grand Central Station, E 41st St, NY 10168
JPMorgan Chase is one of the most destructive businesses on the planet. Since Trump took office Chase has quadrupled its investments in tar sands oil and increased its financing of coal by over 2,000%. Join us for #ShutDownChase https://www.facebook.com/events/163085581022892/
Monday, May 7th @ 6:30 – 8:45pm
Film Screening: Burned
NYC Grassroots Alliance will be screening the movie Burned about the bio-mass industry at Ethical Culture. Deforestation plays a major role in climate change and this industry has managed to convince the companies in Europe that buy the biomass from the US that it’s carbon neutral. https://burnedthemovie.com/the-film/
Call on our state legislators to move New York off fossil fuels!On May 8, join us in Albany to advocate for a bill to ban fracking infrastructure and shift New York to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. We’ll have a training session on the bus and a briefing will be held 9:30 am in Albany. After that we’ll be at the Capitol for a rally/ press conference followed by lobby visits until 3:30 pmFacebook
Bus Pick-Up Location: Outside the Tick Tock Diner, 481 8th Avenue, (42nd St) NY
Bus Pick-Up Time:7:00 a.m. Bus Return Time: around 7:30 p.m.
March on the State Capitol to tell Governor Cuomo we don’t want more talk, we demand 3 bold actions to fight climate change, create good jobs, and ensure justice for all:
Stop all fracking infrastructure projects
Move to 100% renewable energy
Make corporate polluters pay
“REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE AT THE NEXUS” Platform Address with Adrian Hyde
PLATFORM ADDRESS 11am-12:30pm
FILM SCREENING/DISCUSSION 1:30 3:30pm Ceremonial Hall In challenging times and along life’s path, resilience is the trait that helps one endure and thrive. How can you fortify your resilience?
Guest speaker Adrian Hyde owns and manages Dunwald Farm, a certified organic vegetable farm in Hopewell, NJ. He is also an ASE Certified Master Mechanic and a Rutgers Master Gardener. Adrian is a graduate of the University of Virginia, with a graduate school degree from Harvard University. His passion for organic agriculture stems from the fact that it lies at the intersection of multiple areas of great importance: ecological stewardship, health, animal welfare and community.
WASTED: The Story of Food Waste (www.wastedfilm.com)
40% of the food in America is WASTED. A new documentary by Anthony Bourdain, WASTED: The Story of Food Waste aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, WASTED!exposes the criminality of food waste and shows us how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to make the most of every kind of food. Adrian Hyde will participate in the post-film discussion.
Dr. Pekar’s research has taken him on expeditions around the world, including Antarctica, to understand climate changes 16 to 45 million years ago and what that means for humanity’s future. He will also discuss what we can do as citizens to create a more sustainable world. Dr. Pekar is Professor of Earth and Environmental Science at Queens College.
For more info contact Peggy Kurtz at (718) 268-5011, ext. 151, or email@example.com.
Co-sponsored by State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., the Interfaith Community Action Committee of Queens/Nassau, 350NYC.org, UJA Federation of NY, Hazon, Sierra Club, Let’s Talk Democracy, & Forest Hills Jewish Center.
On Friday April 20, come to a performance of jazz/blues vocalist Melanie Charles with an opening harpist. Proceeds from the door go to 350NYC.
Melanie is a Brooklyn-born, Haitian-American musician with a creative fluidity spanning jazz, soul, experimental. Charles ultimately decided to dedicate herself to jazz after coming to terms with the entrenched racism of the classical music world.Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/melaniecharlesisdflower
LSZ is a vocalist & harpist based between Sydney and Brooklyn. Her music moves between soulful pop & experimental r&b. She is a dynamic exploratory artist, her distinctive productions and evocative live shows have reached audiences worldwide.
Food & drinks:
Feel free to come earlier to try their selection of vegan tacos and creative cocktails. Happy hour from 6pm offering $4 beers, $4 champagne, and $4 tacos.
Menu : https://www.blackflamingonyc.com/menu-1/
Presentations by NYC Retrofit Accelerator and NY Renews
Save Energy, Save Money, and Improve Resident Comfort in Your Building
About 70% of NYC’s greenhouse gas emissions come from heating, cooling, lighting and powering our buildings. NYC Retrofit Accelerator offers free, personalized advisory services that streamline the process of making energy efficiency improvements is a free City program that helps retrofit buildings to use less energy.Invite your coop and condo leaders and property managers to come learn more about this free program. https://retrofitaccelerator.cityofnewyork.us/
Groundbreaking Climate Legislation Proposed for NY State
With Federal action blocked, NY State can lead by example. The Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA) would legally require NY State government to reach 100% renewable energy by 2050, with strong labor standards and investment in communities impacted by climate change and inequality in mind. Learn how you can help get it passed into law. http://www.nyrenews.org/
Increasing temperatures: From 1900 to 2013, mean annual temperatures in NYC rose 3.4 degrees F.A further 4-5 degrees F increase is expected by 2050.By 2080, we’ll have 6 heat waves per year. Sea level rise: NYC sea levels have risen a foot since 1900.By 2050, one to two feet more is expected.Sea levels could rise as much as six feet by 2100.
Dangerous storms: Precipitation will increase and become more erratic leading to more frequent and more intense storms, as well as more droughts and floods.
Many indirect impacts – on agriculture, public health, the economy – in the US and around the world – will affect us.Some scientists claim that scenarios from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are too conservative. An article in New York Magazine illustrates other scenarios.
What can we do?
We must try to slow down and reverse climate change – while making ourselves and our communities more resilient to its impacts.The Paris Agreement, aimed at limiting global warming to under 2 degrees C (3.6 F), was a step in the right direction, even though its measures wouldn’t have been sufficient.With the US federal government captured by fossil fuel corporate interests, and in full denial of reality, US cities and states are acting independently.NYC and the US Conference of Mayors have agreed to commit to the Paris goals.There is no time for complacency. Individual green lifestyle choices are necessary, but not enough.NYC plans are quite good, but also not sufficient.We can help NYC implement and strengthen its plans by plugging our neighbors into current programs to conserve energy and add renewable power in buildings. Expanding local efforts prepares for the next steps: organizing to massively upgrade City, State and National responses.
NYC’s Plans for Sustainability and Climate Change Response
Switch your personal electric use to wind and solar energy
350NYC makes this very easy. Electricity can be generated by a fossil fuel burning power plant, a nuclear power plant, hydropower, or a utility scale wind or solar facility.Only 2% of the electricity used by most NYC residents comes from renewable power: the other 98% is from other sources – fossil fuels and nuclear power.
If you rent or own an apartment, and pay your own utility bill, you can switch to a wind or solar energy provider.They will contact Con Ed, modify your account, and purchase the power you use each month from renewable sources. You will have personally divested from fossil fuels. Choosing among many suppliers of green electricity is confusing.350NYC reviewed over 30 suppliers and decided to recommend and partner with Clean ChoiceEnergy. If you sign up with them, 350NYC will receive a $150 sign-on bonus. Visit our website to get started.
Energy Efficiency for your Building
About 70% of NYC’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the energy used to heat, power, and cool buildings.Since over 90% of the buildings that exist today in NYC will still be here in 2050, nearly all existing buildings must be retrofitted to become more energy efficient.
Transform your building. Explain to management what’s in it for them. One of the most impactful things you can do is to encourage your building’s management to act.Tell your building’s coop or condo board, or the property manager, that NYC’s free program, the Retrofit Accelerator, will help them assess what energy conservation measures (ECMs) make sense for them.
ECMs will help owners and managers save money by reducing utility bills and operating costs, reducing labor and maintenance, and increasing occupant comfort. Even if they are not concerned about lessening climate impacts, they’ll recognize that green practices are increasingly standard and have marketing benefits.Many ECMs will save enough from energy bills to pay for themselves in less than five years: LED lighting and sensors, sub-metering, ventilation, fuel switching, domestic hot water, HVAC controls, and distribution systems.
Most of these upgrades are voluntary, and many building managers do only what is required to comply with City laws.Managers will be more willing to consider them if they know that help is available – and that residents are asking.
NYC Retrofit Accelerator: Staff at the City’s free advisory service streamlines the process of making energy efficiency improvements in buildings. They will work with management to assess the building’s unique needs, make connections with qualified contractors, find cash incentives and financing, train building staff, and provide support even after project completion. Connect with them at 212-656-9202 and.Contact 350NYC for a volunteer to assist you.
Handbook for Multifamily Buildings: Of NYC’s one million buildings, nearly 100,000 are multifamily properties.A handbook specifically for them introduces the basics of energy efficiency, incentive programs, financing, relevant local laws, and technical training programs.
Ready to Respond: Strategies for Multifamily Building Resilience: 50 building resilience experts and staff from FEMA compiled a manual detailing 19 practical strategies for building owners to make their properties more resilient against the effects of extreme weather events.
Solar Panels for your Roof?
First, fix the areas where your building is wasting energy.Only install solar power after that. Otherwise, much of the additional electricity added by the solar project will be wasted!
If you own a house, you can buy or lease solar yourself.If you live in a coop or condo apartment building, the building’s board and management must agree to consider and then install a solar project. For large, tall buildings, the solar yield from relatively limited rooftop surface area will not cover as much of the building’s common area electricity needs as in six story buildings with more roof space compared to building volume.
Community Solar: Solarize NYC brings together groups of potential solar customers, using group purchasing power to reduce prices 10-20% from individual pricing. A community can include a neighborhood, a group of buildings, or an association such as a labor union or property management firm. Solarize NYC will assist in choosing a solar installation company that offers competitive, transparent pricing.
The Community Shared Solarmodel allows building owners and renters in multifamily buildings without adequate solar access the opportunity to subscribe to portions of a large solar array located on- or off-site and managed by a third party. Each individual subscriber’s share of production will appear as a credit on their utility bill, offsetting their monthly electricity charges. If the solar array generates more electricity than subscribers use, the excess generation credits will be distributed to individual subscribers.
To cope with climate change, we must transition to 100% renewable energy ASAP
The Solutions Project and scientists at Stanford University have come up with plans for all 50 US states and 138 countries to transition to 100% renewable energy. The Climate Mobilization is an organization that calls for a government-coordinated emergency effort to move from fossil fuels to renewable energy ASAP, modeled after the US mobilization at the outset of World War II. 350.org founder Bill McKibben calls for politicians to commit to converting to 100% renewable energy while working to keep remaining fossil fuels in the ground.
Changing New York State’s Climate and Energy Policy
The Solutions Project’s NY State plan outlines how by 2030 electricity, transportation, heating/cooling, and industry energy infrastructure could be run entirely from wind, water, and sunlight, provided by: 10% onshore wind (4,020 5-megawatt / MW turbines), 40% offshore wind (12,700 5-MW turbines), 10% concentrated solar (387 100-MW plants), 10% solar-PV plants (828 50-MW plants), 6% residential rooftop PV (5 million 5-kW systems), 12% commercial rooftop PV (500,000 100-kW systems), with smaller numbers of geothermal, wave and hydroelectric systems.
New York State can switch to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030.
New York needs to commit to this goal, and can make it by investing in energy conservation, energy reduction, wind, solar and geothermal (e.g., heat pumps) not oil, gas, coal, fossil fuel infrastructure, or nuclear power. We must immediately halt investments in fossil fuels and related infrastructure. Legislation to require this has been introduced in the NY State Assembly and Senate. NYSERDA is working on a study on how fast NYS can move to 100% clean energy.GELF’s A Local Climate Action Agenda explains what local governments can do.
NY State needs to strengthen its plans to develop offshore wind power by making a firm commitment to purchase 5,000 MW of wind power by 2025, and 10,000 MW by 2030. Unfortunately, Governor Cuomo is still giving more money ($7.6 billion over 12 years) to bail out old upstate nuclear power plants than to renewable energy.
NY State Climate and Community Protection Act
While the NY State Energy Plan sets positive goals for 2030, they are only aspirational. NYS government agencies and officials are not legally required to put them into practice. The Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA) is needed to fix this. The CCPA was drafted by climate law experts at the Sabin Center for Environmental Law at Columbia University, and is backed by NY Renews, a coalition of 140+ labor, community and environmental groups.
The CCPA would legally require NY State government to enforce its climate commitments, set new labor standards, provide worker protections for those in the renewable energy industries, and fund community resilience and green jobs training projects.
Urge Your NY State Senator and Senatorial Candidateto support the CCPA
Ask them both to cosponsor the Climate and Community Protection Act (S7971A).
Senator Peralta is a member of the IDC.This year he has signed up as a cosponsor of S7971A.Thank him for his support – ask him to advocate strongly for passage of the bill in the Senate this year, and ask his IDC colleagues to do the same. Contact him at 718-205-3881 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
350NYC will be at the Rally in Washington Square Park from 9 AM to noon & on the march. Look for our flags & come & join us.
Why: Science is the basis for our work combatting climate change. Scientific work provides the real facts. Science continues to face increasing threats at the federal, state, and local levels. But science will not be silenced! This year, let’s come together to send a message: we will hold policy makers responsible for enacting equitable, evidence-based policies that serve all communities. We march for many reasons, but unite to defend science — because science belongs to us all.
Who: Everyone, 350 supporters, friends, family, adults and children.
Meet us at Washington Square Park from 9 AM to noon to rally with scientists and friends before our march down Broadway to Liberty Street.
There will be speakers, live music, and tents for science outreach and political advocacy groups – that’s where you will find 350NYC. Look for the 350 banners!
Details: 9am – Noon: Teach-In, Information sessions, Speeches and Music Noon – 1pm: Parade Downtown
Join New York City singer/recording artist CAMECO for a night of live soul, pop, and R+B at one of New York’s most iconic and historic performing spaces – The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, in the heart of “Alphabet City” in the East Village.
Direct Action Training Judson Memorial Church Assembly Hall
Come to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade to tell Governor Cuomo to walk the talk on climate and move off fossil fuels now. We’ll have a rare opportunity to tell Cuomo – in person – that we need bold leadership on climate change. That means saying no to fossil fuels and embracing a rapid, just transition to 100% renewable energy.
The goal of the teach-in is to provide an overview of the importance of energy efficiency in meeting our climate and clean energy goals, creating green jobs and healthier homes. Guest speakers will include energy efficiency advocates and experts from leading environmental non-profits, community based organizations, and the energy efficiency industry.
More info: Facebook Event
Monday, March 26 Stop the Williams Pipeline in Brooklyn!
Community Forum 7 PM – 9 PM New York Aquarium Surf Ave at W 8th St, Brooklyn, New York 11224 For More info: Facebook Event
Williams Co. is proposing to build a 23-mile long pipeline that will carry fracked gas under New York harbor. The pipeline would run along the coast of Staten Island then cross the harbor south of Brooklyn to join existing pipelines four miles off the Rockaways.
Our guest speaker will be Kim Fraczec of Sane Energy Project who will give us the scoop on the big upcoming March in Albany on April 23rd, “Cuomo Walk the Talk on Climate” (info below), and about the Direct Action training camp for the 4/23 event.
Guest Speaker Charlote Binns – “What is Community Choice Aggregation & how does the policy affect you?”
If you can never make meetings on Wednesday evening but want to get actively involved in one of our campaigns please email us at email@example.com and we’ll follow up. We’re excited about moving forward with you in 2018 to help ensure that NYC and NY State follow through on their promises to stand up to Trump and make progress towards a clean energy future.
NEW MEMBERS: If you’re new to 350NYC please join us at 6:30pm for a brief orientation to the group, learn about our working groups and some of the campaigns we are currently involved with.
Lobby Day for State Divestment Bill
March 12th Albany
9am to 3:30pm
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
Peoples Climate Movement 2018 Kick-off Event City-Wide Organizing Meeting
Come to the city-wide organizing meeting to learn how you can get more involved in climate campaigns. Hear from activists that are leading the charge:
*NY Renews (state-wide coalition, 100% renewable energy, polluters penalty)
*Climate Works for All (city-wide coalition, mandatory large building energy efficiency)
*Infrastructure (city, state & national, opposing fossil fuel pipelines and nuclear plants, advancing wind and other renewable energies)
*Divestment (city & state, divest and re-invest in a just transition to a renewable energy economy)
*Federal Legislation (national backing for a clean energy revolution and continuing our international commitment to reducing greenhouse gases)
*Puerto Rico Recovery (rebuilding PR with a renewable energy economy and a just transition) RSVPFacebook Event for more info
“Taking Root – The Vision of Wangari Maathai”
Friday, February 23rd Starts @6:30 pm. Doors open at 6pm Rutgers Presbyterian Church 236 West 73rd Street west of Bway, 5th Floor Facebook Event
Admission is free. Donations welcome.
Dr. Wangari Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, a grassroots environmental organization advocating for human rights, good governance and peaceful democratic change through environmental stewardship. The Green Belt taught women in Kenya to plant trees and rally against deforestation and spurred a tree-planting initiative across Africa. Dr. Maathai organized and helped to bring down Kenya’s 24-year dictatorship. Dr. Maathai was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.
Call on DiNapoli to Divest NYS!
Wednesday, January 31, 7:30 – 9am
@ Hilton on 1st Ave and 44th St
We’ll gather outside the Investor Summit on Climate Risk to call on DiNapoli to divest NYS common pension funds from fossil fuels.
The 2018 Investor Summit on Climate Risk (co-hosted by Ceres and the UN Foundation) will convene 450 investor, business and capital market leaders to highlight climate-related investment risks and opportunities. Both NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and NYS Comptroller DiNapoli will be featured speakers at the event. Join DivestNY to send a strong message to DiNapoli that NYS must follow the lead of NYC and divest NY from fossil fuels.
On January 31st, the day after the President’s first State of the Union, 350.ORG and a group of partners will hold Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance, a live event with movement leaders like Reverend Yearwood, Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement, Jessica Lorena Rangel of Eyes of a Dreamer, Adrianae Voss-Andreae from 350 PDX, Bill McKibben and many more. These speakers will lay out their plans to resist ongoing political attacks on our climate agreements, organize electorally, and secure the lasting change we need through local action.
350NYC is delighted to partner with the Environmental Science Program at Fordham & other co-sponsors below, to bring this exciting program to a wide audience. Join us and meet others in your community who are organizing to build local power and take climate action.
Working together, we will end the use of fossil fuels and transition our world to 100% renewable energy for all. Find out what you can do in your city or town to build the Fossil Free future we need — and connect with other activists equally passionate about this work.
NOTE: This is a free event open to the public and Fordham requires that ALL participants who do not have Uni ID must be on the RSVP list. So, if you intend to bring friends please register each name. Also, we need to show photo i.d.
To learn more, check out this great new article by Jamie Henn
This Thursday, Governor Cuomo is holding a fundraiser in Manhattan – and we’ll be outside, urging him to get New York off fossil fuels. We’ll be calling on him to walk the talk on climate change by stopping fossil fuel infrastructure and leading a transition to 100 percent renewable energy.
We will be joined by housing affordability activists who will be calling on Cuomo to support housing policies that prioritize and deliver real affordability for the most economically vulnerable households.
New York faces an onslaught of pipelines, power plants, and other projects that transport and burn fracked oil and gas, including the Williams pipeline, the Pilgrim pipelines, the CPV power plant, the Albany micro-grid and much more. Governor Cuomo must be a true climate leader by halting these dangerous projects, making polluters pay for the damage they’re doing to our health and our climate, and moving New York to 100 percent renewable energy.
Facebook Event for more information. Or to RSVP, please contact Laura Shindell at Food & Water Watch: email@example.com
Forum on Climate Change, 100% Renewable Energy by 2030
Wednesday, December 13 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM
At the Federation Of Italian American Organizations Of Brooklyn
8711 18th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11214 (Take the D to the 18th Ave Station)
Join us for a forum on what New York can and must do to move off fossil fuels and on to 100% renewable energy. Assemblyman Bill Colton, the Green Education Legal Fund, Food & Water Watch, 350NYC and others are sponsoring this important forum. Colton is the lead sponsor of the bill to have NYS move to 100% clean energy by 2030 (A5105 / S5908)
NOTE- – 350NYC Sustainable Solutions & Climate Education Working group is cancelled this month so we can attend this.
Trump wants to cut our U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget by more than 30 percent—but our Senators can stop this agenda dead as they prepare to vote on a spending bill the first week in December. We need to raise our voices and demand Senator Chuck Schumer do whatever is necessary to stop Republicans from making ANY cuts to the EPA’s budget! Join us Dec. 1 for a petition delivery rally at Senator Schumer’s office in Manhattan to show him New Yorkers are counting on him to stand up for the EPA!
Did you know that the EPA was born out of mass social movements in the 60s, alongside many fights for justice, like civil rights? It is a product of hard fought grassroots efforts to safeguard our land, water, air and communities. Now in 2017, we need to ensure environmental protections aren’t eroded through a Senate budget vote this December.
Join us to stand up for our environmental protections!
NYC Climate Change Hearing
Wednesday, November 29th, 9:30 a.m.
New York City Public Advocate Tish James is hosting a hearing on climate change, where divestment will be in the spotlight. RSVP today so that our elected officials get a clear message – New York City voters are not going to let them bankroll the fossil fuel industry with our money. #ClimateChangeNYC #DivestNY
NEW Location! Borough of Manhattan Community College,
Richard Harris Terrace (199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007)
Walk the Talk Convergence Kick-off : Launch Week of Action
Monday, November 13th @ 12-1pm
Location: Gov. Cuomo’s office. 633 Third Ave.,(@41st St) NY 10017
In the next six months, November – April, local groups will organize synchronized actions with parallel messaging at the front-lines of their own energy battles throughout New York State as we move closer to a convergence Albany in April of 2018.
Join us in NYC to kick off this state-wide week of action
Please join us for this free film screening of Al Gore’s latest movie, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”. The film will be followed by a discussion.
In the movie, Vice President Al Gore travels around the world, continuing to address climate change. The film gives us a behind the scenes look at the work of creative minds within the movement and highlights the potential humans have to overcome the threats of climate change.
Join us and find out how you can engage in the climate movement here in NYC and become part of the solution. We welcome student groups so please invite young people who are looking for ways to take action to preserve the planet for their future. If you plan to bring a large group please email us at 350NYC@gmail.com
Doors open at 6:30pm for networking and refreshments. Movie starts at 7pm sharp.
As always, we offer this film screening free of charge and will ‘pass-the-hat’ for donations towards expenses. RSVP HERE
Can you help us light up the NY skyline with messages of resistance and climate action? We are organizing a Light Brigade to send a message to the NYC Comptroller Stringer to divest from destructive fossil fuel companies. More than $3 billion of public money is invested in the likes of Exxon, Chevron, BP and Enbridge.
As we approach the 5th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and watch with horror the destruction caused by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, now, more than ever, we need New York City to be a climate leader. But NYC can’t do that if it continues to invest in climate destroyers.We need 30 people to come out and hold brightly lit signs produced by the NYC Light Brigade. It’ll be a fun, creative way of sending a serious message to NYC pension fund trustees which are meeting the next day on Sept 20. And you’ll be helping to create dramatic and lasting images that’ll be used often in the lead up to a big march at the end of October. It’s time to #DivestNY!
PLEASE RSVP by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your phone number. Feel free to recruit friends!
PLEASE NOTE: MEET ON THE BEACH
Save the EPA Rally & Petition Delivery
Thursday, September 14 at 12 PM – 1 PM
Office of Senator Schumer
780 3rd Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10017
In September, Congress is scheduled to vote on the budget — and the Environmental Protection Agency is on the chopping block.
Join us on September 14 in calling on Senator Schumer to oppose any and all cuts to the EPA budget.
Donald Trump and the Congressional Majority are proposing massive cuts to the EPA budget, which would undermine its ability to protect our water, air and climate.
As the nation’s most powerful Democrat, we need Schumer to draw a line in the sand and use his authority to block any EPA budget cuts.
On September 14, we’re delivering thousands of petitions to Schumer — come join us!
For more information, contact Eric Weltman at email@example.com; 347-778-2743.
New York State is creating a “Master Plan for Offshore Wind”. They are coming to New York City to share information and get our input on the plan at three events and we want to show up in large numbers at all of them:
We are looking forward to welcoming them, learning all the great things they are up to add renewable generation to our grid and asking questions about how this will affect our lives, and the lives of those around us.
Kick-off Session at Far Rockaway
The first session at Rockaway will include a Press Conference and Rally at 5:15pm, before the info session begins. We will have windmills and banners, and great speakers, so please join us for this important opening event.
All these locations suffered greatly during Superstorm Sandy and we want to get the word out to people in the about these events. So please attend this session – RSVP at the Facebook links above, and share info with your friends.
Please share this video and promote the work of the #WinWindNY coalition.
Shut Down Goldman Sachs’ Pipeline Conference!
Thursday, August 10 @ 8:30- 11:00 AM
Goldman Sachs Investment Bank
200 West Street, Manhattan
350NYC is co-sponsoring this event to tell Goldman, Trump and Cuomo: No More Oil & Gas Pipelines. Please join us to send a strong message- #DefundPipelines.
Wall Street’s giant bank, Goldman Sachs, holds an annual finance conference for the worst of the worst: the corporations financing projects such as Dakota Access, Pilgrim, and KeystoneXL that seek to rip through indigenous communities; destroy our water and air quality; and fuel the climate crisis.
These corporations network with big investors and work to secure financing for their projects at this elite, private confab. This year, let’s give them a loud and clear wake-up call. We’ll be at 200 West Street, Goldman Sach’s lower Manhattan headquarters at 8:30am to 11am. Nearest subway is World Trade Center.
>> Tell Goldman Sachs to stop financing oil, gas, coal, and pipelines
>> Protest Goldman Sachs’ control over our federal government through their many top level people like Steve Bannon, Steve Mnuchin and Gary Cohn in the Trump Administration
>> Urge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject any new fracking infrastructure projects such as the Pilgrim Pipelines
Campaign Meeting Featuring Judith Enck, former top EPA official
Thursday, July 27 @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street, Manhattan
Donald Trump has launched an assault on the Environmental Protection Agency, threatening our health, communities, and environment.
Trump and Congressional Republicans are proposing to slash the EPA budget. On the chopping block are programs to clean up hazardous waste, prevent climate change, and promote Environmental Justice. The agency’s ability to enforce the Clean Water, the Clean Air Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act would be severely undermined.
Join us at this Food & Water Watch meeting on July 27 to hear from Judith Enck, the EPA’s former top official for New York. We’ll explore how EPA cuts would impact New York communities. And we’ll discuss how to get involved in the Campaign to Save the EPA.
Hey New York! Offshore Wind is HERE and it’s NEAR to beginning stages of development! We know that we need to demand this project is developed with CLIMATE, JOBS and JUSTICE at every stage… so our plan is to make a SHORT promo film for social media to go VIRAL!
YOUR ROLE: Come for the day OR come just for the shoot time with our amazing film crew! And when the crew cues us, we shout “CLIMATE, JOBS, JUSTICE!” That’s it!
Saturday, July 22 from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Catch the 2:30pm Ferry from Wall Street Pier 11 at Gouverneur Lane at South Street and the F.D.R. Drive in Manhattan, NY for an hour long boat ride to Beach 108 in the Rockaways.
The Sane Energy Project team and others from the NY #WinWind coalition will meet you there.
Plan to join us for this important movie, discussion and social event.
This documentary deals with the history of coal mining in the U.S. and the labor and environmental issues that surround this industry. Don Blankenship the owner of Massey Energy who was jailed for conspiracy to violate federal mine safety and health standards, just got out and is now appealing to the White House to reduce penalties for these very violations. His behavior was responsible for the deaths of 29 miners in Big Branch mine in 2009.
Andrew Tilson, who is founder of the Workers Unite Film Festival, represent the film for the screening. He will speak about the ways Labor and Environmental organizations can build better relationships to rein in bad corporate actors and work together to ensure a just transition for workers in a post-carbon economy.
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer is headlining a climate change event at Columbia University next Wednesday July 12 at 6pm. The event is aptly titled Sea Level Rise: Causes, Impacts and Options for Solutions. We want to take this opportunity to challenge Stringer to be the climate action champion we need him to be by supporting fossil fuel divestment at the NYC pension funds. The pension funds invest more than $4 billion in dirty oil, gas and pipeline companies that are wrecking our climate and threatening New York with another Superstorm Sandy.
Will you come out to leaflet the event, bring in a divestment hand sign and ask a divestment question from the floor? We need to make divestment front and center for the Comptroller and this is a great opportunity to do so.
It’s great to talk about rising sea levels and climate change, but New Yorkers need real action – and that starts with divesting the NYC pension funds from the companies driving climate chaos.
If you want to go into the event, please reserve a seat through the CU website. It’s FREE:
On Thursday, June 29, New Yorkers are standing together to urge Energy Independence for New York State by freeing it from Big Oil and Gas! Events at locations across the State. Burning fossil fuels is a leading contributor to climate change and the oil and gas industry has known this for decades. Yet, instead of acting, they began a campaign to manufacture doubt and undermine action. New York cannot break its addiction to fossil fuels by permitting new infrastructure that will lock us into decades of fossil fuel use and leave our land and water vulnerable to spills and accidents.
We call on Governor Cuomo to declare energy independence and urge him to use the State’s powers to say NO to fossil fuel infrastructure! Governor Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation must deny permits, Water Quality Certifications, or other regulatory approvals for transmission pipelines, power generating plants, compressor stations, and all fossil fuel infrastructure projects.
New York can lead on energy by 1) accelerating investment in renewable energy like off-shore wind and community solar and in energy efficiency measures; and 2) holding corporate polluters responsible for their actions in the courts.
If you haven’t yet seen the new Josh Fox documentary called “AWAKE: A Dream From Standing Rock”, June 5 will be an opportunity to see it and to hear from one or two people who were there when the film was being made.
Josh Fox has also produced “Gasland” and “Gasland 2” and “How to Let Go of the World and Love All of the Things Climate Can’t Change”. AWAKE was screened on Earth Day at the Tribeca Film Festival. We are in the process of confirming guest speakers.
Please RSVP via this MeetUp to help us know how many people to expect so we can best arrange the space.
Trump is announcing his decision on pulling the U.S. out of the global Paris climate agreement at 3pm today. Make no mistake: this will almost certainly be a devastating blow to our collective future. We’re not going to take this lying down. Now, more than ever, we need New York’s elected leaders to stand up and take bold action.
That’s why we will rally against Trump’s announcement today (Thursday, June 1st) at 6pm – and call on our local leaders to take action.
Join us at 6:00pm today to say: NYC Stands Up Against Trump’s Paris Exit.
We will first rally at Foley Square/Federal Plaza in Lower Manhattan, and then march to City Hall. We will protest Trump’s outrageous action and call on Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and Comptroller Stringer to take the bold action we need to fight the climate emergency. This is a crisis and they should act like it.
In this dark moment, let’s take our outrage and channel it into positive change here in New York, where we know we can move Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, Comptroller Stringer and our other elected officials to action.
Join us at 6:00pm today to say: NYC Stands Up Against the Trump Paris Exit. Rally at Foley Square/Federal Plaza in Lower Manhattan, and then march to City Hall.
Please feel free to bring a sign and get ready to raise your voice! Together, we can fight back to save our collective future by making NYC take the bold action we need.
Join us for an evening of inspiring theatre and discussion with two Honduran activists honoring the life of Berta Cáceres. Afro-indigenous autonomous feminist, poet and writer Melissa Cardoza and Karla Lara, a feminist who voices resistance through song and writing, will perform stories from Melissa’s newly released book *13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance*. Both were amongst the closest friends to Berta Cáceres, the Honduran indigenous leader and organizer of COPINH who was assassinated for her work in defense of the Lenca people and against patriarchy, capitalism, and racism. This book and this tour are dedicated to Berta. A post-performance dialogue will examine parallels between current struggles in Honduras and the U.S.
Melissa Cardoza, an afro-indigenous fearless journalist, poet, writer and feminist organizer from Honduras, poetically relates some of the most compelling moments she has witnessed amidst the brutal repression and unyielding hope and struggle that have characterized post-coup Honduras today. She will be touring along with her fellow member of the Honduran Red de Defensoras or network of women rights defenders, beloved Honduran jazz/folk protest singer Karla Lara, who appears in one of the book’s stories and has been an icon and sharp voice in the resistance.
Karla Lara songs: http://ecologicalcommonwealth.org/materials/karla-lara-2/
Hosted by The Church of the Village
Sponsored by: 350NYC, Grassroots Global Justice (GGJA), Witness for Peace, MADRE. Global Kids, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, UPROSE, Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO), Urgent Action Fund – Latin America (UAF-LA), 350BK, Bronx Climate Justice North.
Buy the book “13 Colors of Honduran Resistance: (in Spanish and English) “13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance by Melissa Cardoza is a must read for anyone who wants to learn about the many contours of Honduran feminists fighting for self-determination and dignity. These stories of bravery, of struggle and pain, and ultimately of a resilience rooted in a love for freedom will grip your heart. Cardoza is brilliant in storytelling, and ensures that, in memory of our sister Berta Cáceres, feminisms are three dimensional and span multiple experiences—trans, Black, elderly, and more. The lessons contained in these stories offer important reflections for all revolutionaries.” – Alicia Garza, co-creator of the Black Lives Matter Network
The business model of the fossil fuel industry is in no way compatible with a safe climate. Join us and many other divestment organizers this week to advocate for the #DivestNY movement and demand that our institutions show their leadership and acknowledge the damage fossil fuels cause.
It’s time to divest from the industry that’s wreaking havoc on our communities.
There’s a big battle brewing in New York, home to half a dozen of the largest pension funds in the country. We love NY, but we don’t love that one of our most progressive states is still investing billions in the likes of Exxon, and the companies funding the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines.
Linked here is a day-by-day toolkit on actions you can take to ensure NY breaks ties with an industry that is holding us back from a clean and socially just future. Outlined below are a few of those actions:
Let’s translate the energy of the People’s Climate March and the Trump resistance into political impact in NYC: join a mass people’s interview of NYC Mayor de Blasio, Public Advocate James and Comptroller Stringer.Come learn about the issues, and then hear our city’s leaders’ views, question them on the big issues, including divestment from fossil fuels – and then hold them accountable as we urge them to take the bold policy action we need!With Trump taking us backwards in the fight against climate change and inequality, it’s now even more vital that NYC step up. New York produces massive climate pollution and is also riven by inequality. We can fight both of these moral crisis at the same time by urging our top elected leaders to take action, in person. Please join hundreds of your fellow New Yorkers at this important forum to stop climate change, create good jobs, and ensure justice for all.This event is co-organized by the People’s Climate March – NY, 350.org, 350NYC, ALIGN-NY, #DivestNY, Faith in New York, Food & Water Watch, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, New York Communities for Change (NYCC), New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Sane Energy Project, Transform Don’t Trash NYC, WeACT for Environmental Justice and the Working Families Party (event co-sponsor list in formation).
Monday, May 8th Westminster Presbyterian Church 85 Chestnut Street, Albany NY 10am-3pm
Join us in Albany to support The Fossil Fuel Divestment Act, A3712 Ortiz / S4596 Krueger which will require New York to divest the $170 billion state pension fund from fossil fuels. Currently, the pension fund invests more than $10 billion in fossil fuel companies, and more than $400 million in the Dakota Access Pipeline. Burning fossil fuels causes climate destruction like Superstorm Sandy that devastated New York and caused over $65 billion in damages.
10:00 – 11:00 Registration and Divestment Briefing – 85 Chestnut Street
11:30 – 12:30 Legislative Meetings – Legislative Office Building
12:30 – 1:00 Gathering – Capitol
1:00 – 3:00 Legislative Meetings – Legislative Office Building
2:00 – 3:30 Sign out and Debrief – Legislative Office Building
Legislative meetings will be scheduled in groups and led by someone experienced in lobbying. If you schedule your own meetings, please let us know who you will be meeting with.
For more info: DivestNY.org: Mark Dunlea, Dunleamark@aol.com or Ruth Foster: firstname.lastname@example.orgOrganized by the #Divest NY Coalition. Additional sponsors: (list in formation) 350NYC, Elected Officials to Protect New York, Green Education and Legal Fund, and Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline. This event is part of the Global Divestment Mobilization
Saturday 4/29 – D.C.
PEOPLE’S MARCH FOR JOBS, JUSTICE, & CLIMATE
Recently Donald Trump gutted the Clean Power Plan and rolled back crucial environmental protections. These protections were hard-won, and were set up to both combat climate change and protect the most at-risk among us: low-income communities, communities of color and our nation’s children.Trump’s executive order is nothing less than a tragedy. Today, we’re doubling down on our efforts to make sure Trump and his cronies like Scott Pruitt know: our resistance is here to stay. Trump’s 100th day in office will be marked by a powerful show of our people-powered resistance in our march for climate, jobs and justice.On April 29 we will come together in DC to physically surround the White House and drown out the administration’s climate denial. We will raise our collective voices and call for real action and an end to the climate crisis. Click here to invite your friends on Facebook to join you.
Here are the latest details from the PCM organizers for the day:
11:00am: We will gather in front of the Capitol Building in contingents that spell out the values we share: justice, truth, democracy, faith and more. No matter what community you’re marching with, or where you’re coming from, there will be a spot for you. At 12:30pm, we’ll begin marching up Pennsylvania avenue.
1:30pm: We will surround the White House on all sides, and take powerful collective action to honor the lives at stake and make a loud sound demanding climate justice and good jobs that will drown out all of the climate-denying nonsense that has been coming out of the White House and Congress.
2:00pm: there will be a moment of silence as a coordinated joint action throughout the march. Information about the joint action will go out over text.
To get that message, please Text CLIMATE to 21333 in advance.
3:00pm: We will reconvene at the Washington Monument grounds to connect and share the stories that brought us to DC. We’ll hear from the front line of the climate crisis and share solutions rooted in our own communities. There’ll be music and beautiful art from around the country that powerfully shows our local demands and visions. We’ll even assemble all our individual signs into one collective message of resistance.
Trump’s game plan has been to relentlessly attack our communities and shock us into hopelessness. It hasn’t worked because our people-powered movement is stronger than he is — together, the resistance stopped his attempts to overturn the Affordable Care Act and stymied his despicable Muslim ban. Now, we are going to do the same thing to his attacks on our climate, our air, and our water.But for this march to be a real show of our collective power — to send the message that our resistance is here to stay and will fight tooth and nail for our communities — we need to be there en masse, raising our voices with our friends, family, neighbors, and loved ones.Click here to invite your friends and family on Facebook to march with us on April 29th.
Thursday, April 20
at 12 PM – 1 PM
350NYC will join Friends of the Earth U.S. on Thursday, April 20 to deliver petitions to TIAA’s headquarters in New York City as part of a national week of action targeting TIAA.
Meeting location: St. Agnes Catholic Church, 143 E 43rd Street (between Lex. & 3rd ave.)
The main action will be at TIAA’s office at 730 3rd Ave.
Help us deliver our petition to TIAA asking them to stop funding deforestation and grabbing land. Over 85,000 people from the general public and 5,000 TIAA clients signed our petition. Now it is time for us to take our campaign to the next stage and deliver our demands to TIAA!
TIAA, one of the largest pension fund management companies in the U.S. that manages the retirement money of professors, unions, nonprofits, museums and other cultural institutions, prides itself on upholding socially responsible values. Unfortunately, across the world from the U.S. to Brazil, Guatemala, Indonesia, and Uganda, TIAA is linked to land deals that are anything but transparent. It is involved in agricultural enterprises that force farmers off land, cause deforestation and exacerbate climate change and contribute to human rights violations. Currently,TIAA has over $100 million invested in the world’s most harmful palm oil companies and $8 billion invested in farmland that was acquired without permission from local communities. We’re demanding TIAA come clean about its investments in land and implement a deforestation and land grab-free investment policy.
Groups in our coalition include: Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos, Grain, National Family Farm Coalition, Family Farm Defenders, Wisconsin Farmer’s Union, Organic Consumers Association, Fair World Project, Rural Coalition, Presbyterian Hunger Program-PC(USA), Friends of the Earth U.S., ActionAid USA, MaryKnoll, Grassroots International, Faculty/Staff Divestment Network, 350NYC, Union of Concerned Scientists, Fian International, Fian Sweden, Other Worlds, Sum of Us, Food and Water Watch, Responsible Endowment Coalition
Sustainable – Movie and Discussion
Wednesday, April 12
6:30PM – 9 PM
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2, West 64th Street, New York, NY10023
“America is facing a food crisis driven by profitability and a lack of consumer education. While the window to transforming our heartland continues to shrink, passionate individuals have emerged who provide hope that the health of our nation might still remain within our grasp.” (Mark Wechsler)
Join us for this new full-length movie that explores these issues and stay for the discussion about how New Yorkers can make a difference.
“Sustainable” the movie provides a vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.
The narrative of the film focuses on Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer in central Illinois who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.
Sustainable travels the country seeking leadership and wisdom from some of the most forward thinking farmers like Bill Niman, Klaas Martens and John Kempf – heroes who challenge the ethical decisions behind industrial agriculture. It is a story of hope and transformation, about passion for the land and a promise that it can be restored to once again sustain us.
Donald Trump’s assault on our environment threatens the health of New Yorkers. Trump proposes slashing the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31%, eliminating thousands of jobs, undermining enforcement of laws that safeguard our water and air, and closing programs that protect our most vulnerable.
New York communities would be hard-hit by these cuts. The cleanups of the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek in Brooklyn could be disrupted. Programs to combat global warming would be eliminated, risking further climate catastrophes like Superstorm Sandy.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer must lead the charge to stop Trump’s dangerous cuts. As the nation’s most powerful Democrat, he must draw a line in the sand and refuse to support a budget that cuts EPA’s funding.
Sponsoring organizations (list in formation): New York Communities for Change, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, New York State Nurses Association, Working Families Party, Food & Water Watch, 350 Brooklyn, 350 New York, Sane Energy Project, Brooklyn Movement Center, United Thru Action, Gray Panthers, Green Education & Legal Fund, Sadhana: Coalition of Hindu Progressives, Peace Action of New York State, The Fifth Avenue Committee, Eco-Logic, New York Indivisible, Bronx Climate Justice North, MoveOn, People’s Climate Movement – NY, Community Free Democrats, Environmental Stewardship Committee of The New York Society for Ethical Culture, South Asian Fund For Education, Scholarship & Training (SAFEST), Grassroots Action NY
For more information, contact Eric Weltman: 347-778-2743; email@example.com
Pick one of these or find another one that works for you then follow along with our divestment campaign before #DivestmentDay to get ready to close your old bank account with us. Check out grassrootsactionny.com/divest for all of our divestment resources.
Then, on March 18, we will rally in Union Square then head to the banks to close our accounts together! We will be leading groups of people to various banks to close their accounts together and want to make sure we prepare correctly so, if you haven’t already, please fill out the form in the “tickets” link to let us know which bank you will be divesting from.
The ethical imperative of New York City to tackle climate change, surely the greatest moral crisis of the century—including the city’s plans to reduce carbon emissions and make the city more resilient to the effects of climate change.
Join 350NYC, Annie Keating, Gabriel Mayers, the Radionics band & other musicians for a night of music and activism (petitions to sign, buses to sign up for), to benefit 350NYC. This inspiring evening at the magical Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook Brooklyn will raise money for buses to the climate march in D.C. on April 29th, featuring some of Brooklyn’s finest songwriters, bands and 350.org speakers. Find out what you can do to confront the Trump administration’s climate change denial and join the fight for CLIMATE JUSTICE. Together April 29th in Washington DC, march for jobs, justice and the climate. Get active in NYC sooner than this at this benefit concert in Brooklyn! **NOTE: CAPACITY FOR THIS EVENT IS LIMITED so all TICKETS must be purchased IN ADVANCE of the show. Tickets will go on sale February 10th. Visit https://www.jalopy.biz/ for more information and to purchase.
Join 350NYC, Fossil Free NYC, NYU Divest and Divest NY coalition activists for a rally and press conference to call on the Comptroller to Divest NYC pension funds from fossil fuels!
We commend NYCERS and TRS (the two largest NYC pension funds) for recently completing divestment from thermal coal and are glad to see that studies are finally underway to analyze both the carbon footprint and the carbon risk and of all five NYC pension funds. We very much hope that it will lead to immediate divestment from the top two hundred fossil fuel companies doing the most harm to our planet. But there’s no guarantee, so we need to keep the public pressure on! Climate change waits for no one!
We’ll be delivering our petition during the rally so we’re doing one last big push to get as many signatures as possible before the 14th.Please sign and share. Tell Comptroller Scott Stringer to be a leader and stop funding climate change.