Danger Zone March & Rally to BAN Unsafe Oil Trains!
This Sunday, May 17, 2015
Sagamore Park, Teaneck, NJ
1:00 pm – March in Teaneck, NJ
2:30 pm – Rally/Press Conference
STOP THE BOMB TRAINS NOW! Bakken crude oil, an extremely flammable, unstable, and highly volatile form of oil. extracted in North Dakota by fracking and shipped to refineries on the East coast. In Bergen County, NJ, at least 30 times a week, loud, fast-moving freight trains trains carry Bakken crude through their towns, passing schools, hospitals and ball fields, and across the Oradell Reservoir which provides drinking water to 800,000 people)!
The Coalition to Ban Unsafe Oil Trains–a group of concerned citizens, civic groups, environmental organizations, educators, labor, faith groups, elected officials–invites you to walk 1.5 miles and rally in Teaneck to call for an immediate stop to the unsafe, accident-prone trains carrying Bakken crude oil through our communities.
Cosponsors: 350NJ, 350NYC, Bergen County Green Party, Bergen SWAN. Bronx Climate Justice North, Bus for Progress, Center for Biological Diversity, Chuck Augenbaugh, Deputy Fire Chief (Ret.), Clean Water Action, Climate Mama, Ethical Cultural Society of Bergen County, Food and Water Watch, ForestEthics, Hackensack Riverkeeper, NJ League of Conservation Voters , Pascal Sustainability Group, Renewable Energy Task Force, WNY Peace Center, Sane Energy Project, Teaneck Community Charter School, The Mothers Project.
1. Crude by Rail – Albany NY’s Oil by Train Risk
2. Voices against Oil Trains
48 Hours of Actions in New Jersey to promote Safe, Clean Energy
May 16th – 18th, 2015
Actions in Teaneck, Mahwah, Linden, Sandy Hook, Trenton, Pennington, Monmouth County
Raise the Heat on CommBank in NYC!
Thursday, May 21st
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Meet at the Australian Consulate General – 150 E 42nd St. Then we walk to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia – 599 Lexington Ave # 1701 (@53rd St)
The global climate movement is at a critical stage in the fight to stop the Galilee Basin mega coal mines that, if built, would cook the climate and trash the Great Barrier Reef. Join the 350.org/350NYC
solidarity action in Manhattan to speak out against this alliance of big money and big coal which threatens our planet.
Right now, Indian mining giant Adani is calling upon The Commonwealth Bank to help them finance the Abbot Point coal port in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the first step in unlocking nine mega coal mines in Australia’s Galilee Basin.
It’s time to step things up and put CommBank’s reputation on the line — either they heed our call and publicly rule out their involvement OR they face a creative & unrelenting campaign. Other banks have already rejected this project – CommBank must do the same.
Join with thousands, taking part in hundreds of actions at dozens of branches around the country and the world as we Raise the Heat on CommBank from 19-23 May! http://gofossilfree.org/commbank-action/
Watch the video The New Coal Frontier
– Keep it in the Ground – the Guardian’s climate campaignCome help make art for the event!
Art-build for “Raise the Heat on CommBank”
This Monday, May 18, 2015 @6:00 PM
Tuesday, May 19th
Please RSVP on the facebook page
or to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info. www.gelfny.org
The bill for 100% clean energy by NYS by 2030 is now introduced; A7497 (Colton) and S 5527 (Hoylman). If you have state legislators you know who are supportive of this issue, please call as soon as possible to ask them to sign on as co-sponsors. Assembly switchboard is 518 455-4100
; Senate is 518 455-2800.
The lobby day will also include support for: shared renewables; carbon tax; divestment of state pension funds from fossil fuels; and movement on a Climate Action Plan. (And will say no to the various nukes, coal and fossil fuel efforts)
We are setting up meetings with the Governor’s office; members of the Assembly Climate Change working group; NYSERDA; and chairs of the legislative committees of energy and the environment. People should schedule meetings with their own individual legislators if they want and if they are not part of the above list.
The day begins with a quick orientation at 10 AM sharp at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 275 State St (one-half block west of the Capitol). No parking at the church. Registration at 9:30 AM. (We will send out info re parking)
Please check out (www.facebook.com/nygreenelf) for the latest news on climate change and renewable energy. Many of our background documents are at www.gelfny.org.
It is time to say no to fossil fuels and nukes and yes to clean energy, energy conservation and action on climate change!
‘Stop The #FERCus’
May 21-29, 2015
Washington, DCThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) says its mission is to provide safe, efficient, sustainable energy for the country. It’s failing on all counts. Instead, it serves as a rubber stamp for the fracked gas industry, approving all permit applications that come across their desk. Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) and allied organizations and individuals want FERC to fulfill its mission and to make decisions based on what’s best for all of us instead of the fracked-gas industry.
Check out our video about the actions here.
This time, we’re coming to DC with a nine-point plan to change FERC from a rubber stamp for the fossil fuel industry into a leader in the urgent, civilizational task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and shifting to energy efficiency and renewable energy as rapidly as possible.
Most immediately, Beyond Extreme Energy demands:
- A moratorium on permits for new gas pipelines, compressor stations and export terminals.
- A halt to gas infrastructure and export terminals under construction but not yet operating until the new FERC has emerged, new priorities are in place, and a new reassessment has been made about whether the project should go forward.
- Transformation of the FERC approval process and mission. FERC must be guided by the health of communities and the ecosystem rather than the profits of energy companies.
- A time for public comments at the opening of each FERC meeting. In addition, FERC must make its website easier to navigate.
- A thorough review of the climate effects of proposed projects and the clean energy alternatives. FERC’s priority must be the advancement of wind, solar and energy efficiency.
Join BXE in Washington for the May 21 – 29 “Stop the FERCus” actions. Come for a morning, a day, two days, or longer. Help us not only to bring these demands to the FERC, but also the grassroots, nonviolent political pressure to make them happen.
Sign up here to participate in the action.
Click here to support this action financially.
Questions? Email email@example.com.
Schedule of events here.
interfaith action & vigil at FERC,
May 27 @ 7:00 AM
888 First Street NE , Washington, DC
Come to Washington, DC to protest the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which gives rubber-stamp approval to fracked-gas infrastructure projects while the planet burns. Now is the time for people of faith to raise the moral dimensions of both the climate crisis and the necessary response to it.
Faith-led non-violent direct action and a vigil are planned for Wednesday, May 27, as part of a Week of Action against FERC. All are welcome – and all are needed!
Join us for an interfaith gathering on Tuesday evening, May 26, where mandatory training will also be provided for those who want to participate in Wednesday’s direct action (overnight housing is available). Or, just come for the vigil on Wednesday.
Go to http://beyondextremeenergy.org/an-invitation-to-faith-communities-from-beyond-extreme-energy/ for more information, and to sign up!
The Drum and the Seed, a Haitian Odyssey
Friday, May 22 @7:30pm
Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn Street, Downtown Brooklyn
La Troupe Makandal, a drum and dance group active in New York since it immigrated from Haiti in 1981 is producing a theater piece called The Drum and the Seed, a Haitian Odyssey. The story, told in drumming, song, narrative, dance, and projections, follows a little girl on a quest for magic seeds that will help her garden grow—her village is in a drought. She meets three nature spirits who tell her the story of deforestation, soil erosion, and poisoning of the seas in Haiti. (Haiti, according to some scientific studies, is the country most at risk for climate change.)
FOURTEEN YEARS CLIMATE CHANGE COUNTDOWN
The Next Decade Will Decide What the World Looks Like for Thousands of Decades to Come, Huffington Post, Bill McKibben, May 6. 2015
THE GUARDIAN Leave it in the Ground Campaign: “How Much Fossil Fuel Has Been Used in Your Lifetime?” The Guardian, April 10, 2015. Interactive data.
You Just Lived Through The Earth’s Hottest January-April Since We Started Keeping Records, Climate Progress, Joe Romm, May 14, 2015
Breakup fears for massive Antarctic ice shelf: study, AFP, Richard Ingham, May 12, 2015
Sea Level Rise Is Happening Faster Than Anyone Thought, Climate Progress, Natasha Geiling, May 12, 2015
It’s Official: Global Carbon Levels Surpassed 400 ppm for Entire Month: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says level sets new record for world’s atmosphere. Common Dreams,Sarah Lazare, May 6, 2015
Climate change could push a sixth of species to extinction: study, Reuters, Alister Doyle, April 30, 2015