350NYC April Newsletter/ EarthDay Edition
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  April 2015 Newsletter:
             EarthDay Edition
There's lots going on in the lead up to EarthDay including three great events happening tomorrow, Monday 4/13!

Rally to Tell Governor Cuomoto Veto Port Ambrose

Monday April 13, 2015 - 11:15 am to 1:00 pm
Outside of Harvard Club at 27 West 44th Street 
between 5th Avenue and Avenue of the Americas, NYC

We've been busy sending in comments and gathering support for the City Council Resolution, but now's our chance to tell Cuomo directly: Governor, be a hero again! Veto Port Ambrose!

He will be at the Harvard Club honoring Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey, so we'd love to give him some friendly cheer as he walks in and tell him, VETO PORT AMBROSE!

Please call Governor Cuomo (518) 474-8390 and Governor Christie (609) 292-6000, and tell them to veto Port Ambrose.

We're Ready for Hillary
to Say: No Keystone XL! 

Hillary Clinton is officially announcing her campaign for President this Sunday. She needs to lay out a comprehensive agenda for climate action, including taking a position on an issue of national significance — the Keystone XL Pipeline.  For years, she’s bobbed and weaved as reporters tried to ask her where she stands on the massive carbon bomb, always giving some variation of “no comment” in response. But Presidential candidates don’t get that luxury — they owe the American people an explanation on where they stand. Keystone XL is the fuse to one of the biggest carbon bombs on Earth, and would unlock development of Canada’s tar sands oil field. Where does Hillary stand?

Join us on Monday, as we call on Hillary to take a stand on Keystone XL. We'll have signs, speakers and are expecting media to be there, but we'll need a good crowd to turn out and make some noise. See you then!

Watch Stop the Tar Sands Invasion

Want to be part of a “rapid response” team for KXL,
here in NYC?  Go to http://tinyurl.com/KXL-rapid-response and sign up. 

Building a Just, Sustainable, and Nuclear-Free World
Monday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Friends Meetinghouse
110 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn
Directions: All subways to downtown Brooklyn [map]

Just four years after the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, nuclear power is being promoted as a "clean, green" solution to climate change; the number of nuclear power plants is expected to double globally over the next 20 years. 

And the United States has just announced that it will “upgrade” its nuclear arsenal of 7,500 weapons to the tune of $1 trillion. Russia and the other seven nuclear states are following suit. When attention should be focused on halting climate change, building a sustainable world, and ending racial and economic injustice, we appear to be building for war instead.
Brooklyn For Peace/Climate Action and the Brooklyn Friends/Peace and Social Action Committee invite you to a panel discussion of these disturbing trends.

  • Marilyn Elie: Founding member, Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition
  • Joseph Gerson: AFSC; author of Empire and the Bomb: How the U.S. Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World 
Endorsers: Bay Ridge Peace Action, Earth Rights Institute, Fort Greene Peace, Give Them a Hand Foundation, Green Party of Brooklyn, Muslim Community Network, Park Slope United Methodist Church, Sane Energy Project, System Change, Not Climate Change, United African Congress, United For Action, and 350NYC

Brooklyn For Peace 

Fight for $15 on 4/15 - NYC
Wednesday, April 15
Rally at 4:00pm 
63rd Street and Central Park West
March at 6pm

NYC climate groups will gather at 64th St/ Central Park West outside the NY Society for Ethical Culture to line up for the March.
A society that is deeply unequal is one that leaves the already marginalized more vulnerable to the impacts of extreme weather events — like Hurricane Sandy or the ongoing California drought — and more prone to the kinds of violent outbreaks that have plagued climate-impacted countries like Syria. The fight for climate justice does not start when the storm strikes but includes the struggle for economic justice and human rights .

The prioritization of profits over people is warming our planet and growing economic inequality. That’s why 350.org is supporting the Fight for 15, a new effort calling for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour. We believe that a new, prosperous clean energy economy should be one that protects the planet, protects the people who live on it, and generates millions of good jobs that pay livable wages. We can help jumpstart that economy on April 15.

Please join 350.org and our friends at rallies around the country this April 15 as we show support for a $15 minimum wage.  http://350.org/the-fight-for-15-is-the-fight-for-a-livable-planet/
Friday, April 17 at 6:30pm
Assembly Hall, Judson Memorial Church
239 Thompson Street, Manhattan

IT'S NOW OR NEVER! Three Days of Action for the Climate
April 20th-22nd.
Rising Tide NYC: Three days of action against fossil fuels.
Facebook page for updates. 
April 20th - 8 AM
Meet at Sara Roosevelt Park 
at Houston & Chrystie Streets, Manhattan
Commemorate the 
Deepwater Horizon explosion

April 21st — 5:00 PM
Meet at 633 3rd Avenue (at 41st street)

On April 22nd - 
We look to the future
Meeting place TBA

Next Planning meeting is:.
MONDAY, APRIL 13th at 7:00 PM at Workers United: 33 W. 14th St., New York, NY

Monday, April 20th @6pm 
The Producer's Club 
10$ suggested donation

Monday, April 20th marks the 5 year anniversary of the BP Drilling Disaster. A group of NYC based Gulf Coast activists are joining in solidarity with events in the Gulf of Mexico to raise awareness about the current status of the Gulf & to commemorate the 11 men who were killed in the explosion, along with the countless citizens & marine life who are still suffering from the spill.

The evening will feature musicians from the Gulf, environmental visual art in the gallery, and several environmental theatrical pieces throughout the evening.


International Peace & Planet Conference
April 24-25
Cooper Union
30 Cooper Square
New York City, NY 
On the eve of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference

Organized on the basis of five themes: nuclear weapons abolition, move the money (cutting military spending to prevent wars and fund essential human needs), climate change and environmental justice, the new era of global military tensions and wars, and racial equity and the demilitarization of policing.

Through plenaries and workshops, the Conference will serve to share information and analyses, build and further integrate our movements for the longer term, and increase our impact on the NPT Review Conference. 

Peace and Planet MOBILIZATION
April 26th

Rally, March & Festival
Schedule for April 26 Mobilization, New York City
11-12:30: Interfaith Convocation for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (Tillman Chapel of the Church Center at the UN, 777 First Avenue)
1pm: Rally at Union Square North (East 14th Street, Park Avenue South & Broadway New York, NY 10003)

1:20: Launch the Global Wave from the Rally at Union Square. The Wave will then move westward to cities and capitals around the world.

Oil on the Hudson / NY State - Beyond Coal 
Thursday April 16 @ 8pm
Bank Street College of Education
610 W 112th St., New York, NY

In advance of Earth Day 2015, the Broadway Democrats host discussions of two environmental issues important to all New Yorkers:

Oil on the Hudson 
With relatively little public input or even attention, the Port of Albany has become a major hub for the shipment of western oil – including oil from the Canadian Tar Sands – down the Hudson to refineries in New Jersey and Nova Scotia. Sean Dixon, Staff Attorney with Riverkeeper, discusses what this means for the river itself and for downstream communities, including New York City.

New York State – Beyond Coal 
Despite some recent positive steps towards modernizing and “greening” New York State’s energy generation and distribution systems, the state still has four operating coal-powered plants, some of which require massive bailouts to keep running – at great cost to their customers, the state’s taxpayers, and the environment. Hear from Sierra Club volunteers about a major new effort to end New York’s reliance on this dirty and environmentally destructive fuel.

EARTHDAY is Wed. April 22nd 
There's lots going on around the city so check it out and get involved. Some other events can be found here.


Our own Marcia Annenberg was voted Origin Magazine's Top 100 Creatives in America! And so was Bill McKibben!

Brunch Celebration and Artist Talk
April 22, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
547 West 27th Street, Suite 200
Q&A to follow with the Artist
 Please RSVP Here

Read The Origin Magazine article

Wednesday, April 22 @ 1:30pm and 7:00pm
John Jay College, 524 W 59th St., NYC

To mark Earth Week and the 5th Anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster, you are invited to the upcoming event:
The event will feature a short screening of award-winning documentary film, "Can't Stop the Water", and a discussion with Chief Albert Naquin (Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana) and Bob Gough (Intertribal Council on Utility Policy) about one of the first coastal indigenous groups to relocate in modern times due to extreme environmental changes. 
Please come enjoy an engaging conversation, learning experience, and special refreshments brought in from the Louisiana bayou country! Event details here: www.cantstopthewater.com
Screening: PLANETARY
April 22nd
(featuring 350's own Bill McKibben) on Earth Day (April 22nd). PLANETARY is a follow-up to the award-winning short film Overview, which received over 6.8 million views on Vimeo. (Planetary Trailer)
PLANETARY is a poetic and humbling reminder that it's time to shift our perspective. PLANETARY asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us - to remember that: we are PLANETARY. 
Screening: New York — Beekman

Relix Magazine presentsEarth Day CELEBRATION with Cabinet at Brooklyn Bowl! 
WED, APRIL 22 @6pm 

DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM $10.00 (21+)
Stop by our 350NYC Table!


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. Have YOU switched your electrical supply to renewable energy?  Please go to our Switch to Wind  website for full details about how to do it.  Important TIP!  Ask about the different rates for a one-year contract vs. a variable rate. Make the switch now and please help us spread the word by telling your neighbors.  If you belong to a group please consider inviting us to speak with your members: email 350nyc@gmail.org

No Port Ambrose LNG Terminal -

More about Port Ambrose.
1. Sign the petition:  
2. Call the Govs. and ask them to veto -  Cuomo (518) 474-8390 and Christie (609) 292-6000
3. Go to Sane Energy Projects web site for sample letter to Cuomo and your NY State elected Rep http://saneenergyproject.org/
4. Turn Your City Council Rep onto Reso 549! 
Contact your NYC elected Rep and ask him/her to support the City Council Resolution.  Text of the City Council Res 549 


Please "Like" our new Facebook page:
Fossil Free NYC 

The 350NYC Divestment working group meets every month (see calendar below) so please join us. E-mail 350nyc@gmail.com to join the listserv.

Sign our petition to Comptroller Scott Stringer 
Sign the petition to NYS Comptroller DiNapoli 

Sign the Guardian petition to Bill and Melinda Gates, founders of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Jeremy Farrar and Sir William Castell, director and chair of the Wellcome Trust:ation anTo Bill and Melinda Gates, founders of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Jeremy Farrar and Sir William Castell, director and chair of the Wellcome Trust.

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli 518-474-4044​​

Divest the Common Retirement Fund from fossil fuels!
Email: contactus@osc.state.ny.us

Latest Divestment News: Go Fossil Free
Syracuse University announces it will divest from fossil fuels
Angelican Bishops letter urging fossil fuel divestment"


What is Fossil Fuel Divestment and Why Does it Matter?


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

U.S. Submits Climate Pledge in Next Step to UN's Paris Talks
By John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate News March 31, 2015

Road to Paris , project of International Council for Science (ICSU), a non-governmental organization representing a global membership that includes both national scientific bodies (121 National Members representing 141 countries) and International Scientific Unions (30 Members). 

Watch the Video from our March 19th forum: 
Countdown to Paris: Update on Climate Treaty Negotiations

Sign our "50% by 2030" petition to Obama 
We are calling on President Obama to commit the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2030 using a benchmark of 2005. This scientifically feasible reduction is to be achieved by energy conservation and efficiency and renewable forms of energy. It would also position the US in a leadership role in establishing targets for emissions reduction.


THE GUARDIAN Leave it in the Ground Campaign:“Climate change: why the Guardian is putting threat to Earth front and centre,” Alan Rusbridger, March 6, 2015

Climate Change Reports

Exceptional twentieth-century slowdown in Atlantic Ocean overturning circulation, 
 Nature Climate Change,  March 23 2015

Antarctica's Supersized Icebergs Shut Down CurrentsBecky OskinLiveScience, March2015. 
Findings published March 24 in the journal Nature Communications

Direct evidence for a positive feedback in climate change  Phys.org, Study published in the journal Nature Climate Change March 30, 2015

Long-Awaited ‘Jump’ In Global Warming Now Appears ‘Imminent’,  Joe Romm, Climate Progress, April 2, 2015

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

350NYC is proud to be included in the "Meet the Activists" exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. 

Please stop by to check it out!   You can also upload your NY activist  images onto their cool blog

350NYC Meetings

Next Monthly Meeting
April 29th @7pm
with special presentation by Deborah Tillinger 

NY Society for Ethical Culture
2 W 64th St

Elliott Library Room #507





350NYC Monthly General Meeting 
7 – 9 PM
Wednesday, April 29th
Elliott Library Room #507
(Last Wed of each month)

Note: Starting in May the working groups schedule will be switched.. 

City Divest Working Group 
7 - 9 PM
Wednesday, May 20th  
Meeting Room #508
(3rd Wednesday of each month)

Sustainable Solutions Working Group 
7 - 9 PM
Wednesday, April 15th
Meeting Room #508
(2nd Wednesday of each month except for April)

Affiliated Meetings
NYC Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
7 - 9 PM
Monday, May 4th
2 West 64th Street, NY, N Y.
Meeting in the Social Hall

Get our Evolution Revolution t-shirt and support climate activism.

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