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  August 2015 Newsletter  

REMINDER: Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 11th 350NYC Presents: Financial Strategies for Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground 
7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew
West 86th Street & West End Avenue

 

Climate change is threatening our food and water supplies, economy, infrastructure, public health, and the future of NYC. The main cause of climate change is greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas), which trap heat in the atmosphere and warm the planet. Our panel will explore various financial strategies for how we can keep fossil fuels in the ground to prevent catastrophic climate change. Should individuals and institutions divest from fossil fuel companies? Or, should they remain invested in these companies to influence their policies as shareholder activists?

SPEAKERS INCLUDE :

  • Helen Rosenthal, City Council member, District 6; Chair of the Contracts Committee.
  • Liz Krueger, NY State Senator, 28th District; Sponsor, Fossil Fuel Divestment Act.
  • Reid Capalino, Senior Energy Analyst, Carbon Tracker Initiative
  • Bradford Goz, Director of Business Development, Fossil Free Indexes.
  • Scott Zdrazil, Director of Strategy and Corporate Engagement, Office of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.
  • Shanna Cleveland, Senior Manager Carbon Asset Risk Initiative, Ceres.
  • Geraldine F. Watson, Vice President for Finance and Operations, Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Event is to the general public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. RSVP’s are not required.

$3.00 suggested donation at the doors.
For more info: Facebook event

CUNY CLIMATE WALK
Friday, Aug. 21 ­through Monday, Aug. 24

Walk to all 24 CUNY campuses across the 5 boroughs


CUNY Board of Trustees: Divest from Fossil Fuels Now!

CUNY Divest – a group made up of CUNY students, alumni, and faculty – is walking to every CUNY campus alongside supporters over a four day period beginning August 21st in order to pressure the CUNY Board of Trustees to divest CUNY’s endowment from the top 200 fossil fuel companies. Join them! www.cunydivest.orgFor more information contact Jessica Johnson cunydivestmedia@gmail.com
Donate to support the CUNY Climate Walk.The Global Climate Convergence’s Climate Strike Movement Calendar

Rally to Stop Coal Bailouts 
Monday August 24th, 11AM
Capital West Park, Albany 
Bus from NYC: 
7:00AM, steps of US Post Office 421 8th Ave between W 31st and W 33rd  RSVP HERE

Rejecting the bailout of the Cayuga Coal Plant, one of the dirtiest plants in New York, is a critical step in fighting climate change right here in our state. Citizens across the state have submitted thousands of comments ready to be delivered to the Governor and the Public Service Commission (PSC) demanding they reject the bailout of the Cayuga Coal Plant.

Get on the bus from NYC to Albany on Monday, August 24th to help make sure the Governor and PSC hear the message. There’ll be a rally, exciting speakers, and an opportunity to bring the comments straight to our decision makers. Bus tickets are available through Sierra Club at the subsidized price of $11.54. If you want to come but this price is prohibitive, please send an email explaining your situation to dan.sherrell@sierraclub.org. You can also offer to donate a ticket for low-income or student participants on the registration page.
“Road Through Paris” 
Beginning in September, there will be many events in the lead up to the Global Climate Talks in Paris in December and beyond building up to a major mobilization in April. Stay tuned for exciting updates.
SAVE THE DATE: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th
350’s KEEP IT IN THE GROUND CAMPAIGN LAUNCH!
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
Brooklyn, NY

Come help kick off the sprint to Paris!  
Tickets available soon!
The event will be live streamed.

Global Climate Assembly

SAVE THE DATE!   Saturday, September 26th 2015
Join 350NYC and allies for a day of global action against climate change!

On September 26th, people around the world will carry out direct actions, conduct workshops, and share information and inspiration as part of an international mobilization to keep fossil fuels in the ground and work toward a just and sustainable future.

350NYC is inviting everyone to participate in a day of events to cap off this important week when world leaders will be attending the Sustainable Development Goals meeting in New York, and Pope Francis will be speaking to the U.S. Congress and the United Nations.

Be part of growing the Climate Movement and demonstrating our resolve to restore environmental sanity to the world.

Stay tuned for further information, @350nyc.org
or  contact: 350NYC@gmail.com


Week of Moral Action for Climate Justice
SAVE THE DATE! September 21 – 25, Washington, DC
calling for responsible action on
the defining moral issue of our time


CLIMATE TREATY NEGOTIATIONS

Corporate Accountability International’s petition to keep Big Energy out of the climate talks.

Everything you need to know about the Paris climate summit and UN talks | Global Climate Talks, The Guardian

Light trim for rough draft of climate pact Marlowe Hood, AFP, July 25th,

Obama’s clean power plan hailed as US’s strongest ever climate action
Adam Vaughan, The Guardian, Aug 3rd


FOURTEEN YEARS CLIMATE CHANGE COUNTDOWN 

Reports/Studies

NASA Science Leads New York City Climate Change 2015  Rob Garner (Editor), NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Last updated July 30

The world’s most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet’s future Chris Mooney, Washington Post, July 20

Continued destruction of Earth’s plant life places humankind in jeopardy, says UGA research, James Hataway. UGA Today, July 14

Study Gets a Handle on Gas Leaks: 80 Billion Cubic Feet
Katherine Bagley, Inside Climate News, July 23


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350NYC Switch to Wind Campaign
Green power purchasing is an essential part of reaching NYC’s goal of 80% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  Please go to our 
Switch to Wind  website for full details.  Important TIP!  Ask about the different rates for a one-year contract vs. a variable rate.



Support the New York State 100% renewables by 2030 initiative. 
Sign the 100% by 2030 in NYS petition 
Find how your organization can sign on in support of this goal. 

Close Indian Point
TAKE ACTION ! 
“Tell NYC Council Members: Sponsor Resolution 694 on Indian Point “
The resolution calls upon the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission NOT to re-license Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant.  More info here.

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FOSSIL FREE NY STATE 
Assistant Assembly Speaker Felix W. Ortiz (D-Kings) and Senator Liz Krueger (D-New York) have announced the introduction of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act (A.8011A/S.5873) that would require the State Comptroller to divest the Common Retirement Fund (CRF) from fossil fuel holdings by 2020. Please contact your representatives and ask them to co-sponsor A8011 & S5873: Demand an end to fossil fuel investments! Assembly Switchboard (518 455-4100) and State Senate (518 455-2800).
See video messages from Senator Krueger and supporters on the NYS Fossil Fuel Divestment Act.
Video Message Sen Liz Krueger
Video message Peter Yarrow 
Video message Bill McKibben
Video Message Adrienne Esposito
Video Message Janette Barth
Video Message Paula Gravele

Sign the Petition to NYS Comptroller DiNapoli

FOSSIL FREE NYC
Take Action!

Your online activism makes a difference and helps to build the momentum of this movement. Please sign the following petitions and share with your friends.

 Petition to NYC Comptroller Stringer
“Like” Fossil Free NYC 
“Like” Fossil Free Teachers NYC

Petition to Divest the Vatican

Guardian petition to Bill and Melinda Gates

MID-ATLANTIC NEWS

The first Mid-Atlantic Regional Convergence of 350.org affiliates, held at the Pocono Environmental Education Center in Dingman’s Ferry, Pennsylvania on July 17-19, was a huge success. Our delegation of Dee Aherne, Mimi Bluestone (350Brooklyn), Sarah Kolodny, Jennifer Scarlott and Marilyn Vasta were joined by 30 representatives from 12 official 350.org groups from Virginia to upstate New York. David Stember of 350.org, Rachel Schraigis from People’s Climate Arts, and Alex Lotorto, Energy Justice Network, contributed to and inspiring weekend. It was a great opportunity to connect with kindred spirits, share our skills and strategies for the upcoming months of action, and create a stronger network in our region. This was one of multiple North American Convergences 350.org is sponsoring throughout the country. Our movement is growing in depth and numbers! Onward to Paris…..

350NYC VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Saturday August 22 | 10am-2pm
Tabling in Union Square Members of the 350NYC Divestment Campaign will be tabling in Union Square from 10am to 2pm. We’ll distribute materials and collect signatures for the divestment petition. Volunteers are needed to help and to coordinate. No experience necessary. We’ll meet at the southwest corner of Union Square. Stop by anytime and stay as long as you’d like.
Contact Jeremy Sierra at jeremiah.sierra@gmail.com if you’d like to participate.


350NYC Meetings
UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED, ALL 350NYC AND NYC GRASSROOTS ALLIANCE MEETINGS
ARE HELD AT
 NEW YORK SOCIETY FOR ETHICAL CULTURE [ NYSEC ]
2 WEST 64TH STREET  NY NY 10025
(NEAR COLUMBUS CIRCLE)

Next Monthly Meeting
August 26th @ 7pm
NYSEC, Elliott Library Room #507
(4th Wednesday of each month)

Sustainable Solutions Working Group
7 – 9 PM
Wednesday, August 12th 
Meeting Room #508
(2nd Wednesday of each month)

NEW!  350NYC Climate Education
Working Group

11:30 a.m. – 2p.m.
Saturday 8/15

Will be held at Patagonia store in Soho – 2nd Floor:
72 Greene Street, NY NY 10012

City Divest Working Group
7 – 9 PM
Wednesday, August 19th
Meeting Room #508
(3rd Wednesday of each month)

Affiliated Meetings
NYC Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
7 – 9 PM
Monday, September 7th 
2 West 64th Street, NY, N Y.
Meeting in the Social Hall
(1st Monday of each month)


350NYC SHIRTS!
Get our Evolution Revolution t-shirt and support climate activism.



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