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  April 2017 Newsletter 
  WE RESIST ... WE BUILD ... WE RISE
Saturday, April 29th
People’s Climate March in Washington DC 
to demand that the new administration and congress prioritize a progressive Climate, Justice, and Jobs Agenda.


Join 350NYC, and thousands of others, on April 29 2017 for the Peoples Climate March on Washington. March for an economy built on justice and fueled by renewable energy-and against fossil fuel soaked nationalism and xenophobia. Transportation through 350NYC has already sold out (well done everyone!), but there are still seats left on our United Through Action's sister bus which is leaving from and arriving at the same location so we can march together in DC.
Get Tickets Here: 
https://goo.gl/a04UG9
PCMNY still has seats available on buses leaving in locations throughout the city. Get PCM Bus Tickets Here (click here for more info.)

Seats are filling up, so book yours now, and join the fight for a brighter, cleaner and stronger vision of the future. Different ticket options are available, including free travel for students and participants with limited means who still want to have their voice heard in Washington. 

For info on the schedule for the day go to 350nyc.org.
You can read more about the national march organizers and the specific platform for the march at https://peoplesclimate.org/ See you in DC!

WE RESIST ... WE BUILD ... WE RISE
“People & planet are under attack!  What ya gonna do? Stand up! Fight back!”


Today: Monday, April 3rd
Take On the Most Dangerous Federal Agency You've (Probably) Never Heard Of 
New York Society for Ethical Culture 
2 West 64th Street, 10023
6:30-8:30pm

Meet Up Event for more info
  

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved virtually every single natural gas pipeline expansion project proposed by the gas industry in the last 30 years.

Guest speaker Ted Glick will talk about the growing movement which is fighting these pipelines and FERC. Come learn about the current campaign by 150 organizations, and growing, to get the US Senate to reject Trump’s nomination of three climate deniers to run FERC.  Beyond Extreme Energy will discuss their creative, disruptive and consistent campaign since July of 2014 to shine a spotlight on FERC and strengthen local grassroots groups in their fights against new fracked gas pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure.

Click here for more info.

Today! Monday, April 3rd
Kahn Humanities Lecture: Bill McKibben
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
7:30-9:30pm

Click here for more info

Come hear Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, author, and environmentalist, discuss environmental activism under the new regime of climate science denialism, and describe strategies for inclusion of all groups in the movement's work and messaging.

If you cannot attend, please find the Livestream linked here.


Tuesday, April 4th
Resist Trump Tuesday: Rally to Save the EPA
780 Third Avenue, 10017
12:00pm 
Register here

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.

For more information, contact Eric Weltman: 347-778-2743; eweltman@fwwatch.org


Tuesday, April 4th
NRDC & Vanity Fair Presents: Where Do We Go From Here?

With Bill McKibben
NYU Law School, Tishman Auditorium
40 Washington Square
6:30pm


In these uncertain times, there is much to be discussed on what the future holds for the environment under the Trump administration. Panelists include Bill McKibben, Rhea Suh, David Zaslav, Brian Deese & Mitch Bernard, moderated by the editor of Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter.

Tickets are free but are required for entry. More info and RSVP sign up available here.



Tuesday, April 4th
The Psychology and Imagery of Climate Change
ICP Museum
250 Bowery, 10012
6:30pm

Get tickets here


How can we utilize visual culture to communicate the urgency of climate change? Join ICP Curator Cynthia Young in conversation with artist and activist Rachel Schragis and scientist and policymaker Irina Feygina about the issues and challenges of conveying this complex scientific topic to the general public. Schragis' mixed-media collage Confronting the Climate: A Flowchart of the People’s Climate March is featured in ICP's current exhibition, Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change. Feygina works for Climate Central, a non-partisan organization dedicated to researching and reporting the science and impacts of climate change.

This is a free event, but please register in advance by clicking here


Wednesday, April 5th
- Thursday, April 6th  

NoDAPL Wells Fargo Encampment & March
Wells Fargo Bank
463 Broadway, 10013
April 5th: 5:30pm
April 6th: 9:30am

Facebook Event 

#NoDAPL Wells Fargo Encampment & March on Mayor de Blasio

Indigenous Peoples and allies will begin an overnight protest encampment at April 5 at 5:30pm. The next morning at April 6 at 9:30am we will march from Wells Fargo to City Hall to call on Mayor de Blasio to divest from Wells Fargo and other banks financing the Dakota Access pipeline, gathering at 10:15am on City Hall's steps. Gloria Steinem, feminist icon and activist will be speaking on City Hall steps in the morning! Join us at the kick off of the encampment and the march! #DefundDAPL Now!

If you want to join the encampment overnight, please go fill out this form:http://bit.ly/forgowells 
#DefundDAPL #NoDAPL #StandWithStandingRock #WaterIsLife#ForgoWells #NativeNationsRise 
Click here for more info



Party for the People's Climate March!
Friday April 7th 

8pm - 1am
44 Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11237

Facebook Event for more info

Comedians and DJs band together to raise funds for the People's Climate March hosted by 350 Brooklyn at Gold Sounds! Featuring:Ashburn Davis and Mr. Tipton

Laugh, shake it, save the planet! 



Wednesday, April 12th
Sustainable - Movie and Discussion
Society for Ethical Culture 
2 West 64th Street, 10023
6:30-9pm

Click here for more info

"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.



Thursday, April 20th
Petition TIAA!
730 Third Avenue, 10017
12:00pm
More information here

Join us Thursday, April 20 to deliver petitions to TIAA's headquarters in New York City.

The main action will be at TIAA's office at 730 3rd Ave. (meeting location TBD, stay tuned!)

Help deliver the 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. For more information click here


March for Science and Earth Day Network Rally and March in DC
Saturday April 22 at 8 AM - 5 PM
National Mall and Memorial Parks
Washington DC

Facebook Event for more info
Official Event Website

This Earth Day, join the effort to defend the vital public service role science plays in our communities and our world. Science serves all of us!

The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.

There will also be a March for Science NYC - Location and time still being negotiated with the city so check in here to keep up to date on the latest.


EARTH DAY NYC 2017 Noon Rally to Stop Trump's Climate Agenda

111 Worth Street - Foley Square
New York, NY 10013
Facebook Event for more info

STOP TRUMP’s CLIMATE AGENDA!
Join us on Earth Day for a noon rally at Foley Square to express our opposition to Trump’s climate agenda. Trump calls climate change a hoax. He has promised to reduce the environmental regulations that protect our air and water and to increase our reliance on coal, oil, and gas. To protect all living things on our planet, we must transition as quickly as possible from fossil fuels and nuclear power to a new, green economy based on renewable energy. 

Great Speaker Line-up! For more info check out the event here.

FOLLOWING THE RALLY, WE WILL JOIN THE.March for Science NYC
More info here and here



Launch of Josh Fox's New Film: 
AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock
Earth Day, April 22

The new film will be available to audiences everywhere online and featured at the Tribeca Film Festival on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. Please click here to get more information and find out more about the film, including how to view it from your home and at a theater near you. 
 
Save the Date! May 17
Book Tour 2017: 13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance - Honoring 
Berta Cáceres

U.S. Tour with Honduran author Melissa Cardoza and singer Karla Lara

Join us for an evening of inspiring music, poetry and resistance with Honduran protest singer Karla Lara, in performance with Melissa Cardoza, author of the newly released book “13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance".

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. 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.
Karla Lara songs

There will also be a noontime gathering and book-signing with Melissa Cardoza and Karla Lee. 
Locations info coming soon. For updates: 350nyc.org


 


Community Solar Update

New York Gives Community Solar a Green Light
 

Though the program started with a lot of fanfare and promise, the New York community solar program has been stuck in a sort of freeze for the past year. The cause? It’s complicated, but it mainly comes down to the New York Public Service Commission, through the REV process, coming up with a new way to value all solar projects, including community solar. Solar developers were waiting to see what the final product would be before really moving forward on community solar. In early March, the report finally came out. It has a nifty acronym (VDER – pronounced by energy geeks “Vee-Der”), which means Value of Distributed Energy Resources.
 
Reaction to the new VDER has been mostly positive.  It replaces the current net metering system with a system that encourages solar development in places where the grid needs it most.  Places like New York City should benefit under this new rule. However, some view VDER as not doing anything to help the part of the market that really needs it most – the small solar developers who want to do projects, but don’t have the resources to navigate the complicated interconnection process. These critics worry that the VDER system will only continue the current built-in advantage for the big guys while the little guys sit on the sidelines. Those are valid points, but it looks like the political and regulatory leadership in the state is committed to making the New York attractive to all kinds of solar developers as well as making sure that solar serves everyone, not just the affluent few. So, now that the VDER has been promulgated, stay tuned for some community solar project announcements coming soon! 
http://www.ourpower.solar/signup350/




http://www.ourpower.solar/signup350/


350NYC Switch to Wind Campaign

In the age of Trump, resistance takes many forms and this is one thing we can all do without permission, policy incentives, or gathering on the streets. By switching your ESCO to Clean Choice Energy (formerly called Ethical Electric), our clean energy partner, you will be supporting the delivery of 100% renewable energy on to the electric grid AND for every new customer they get through our partner program, they will donate $150.00 to 350NYC. Please get your friends, family members and colleagues to Switch to Wind!.

 
Switch to 100% renewable energy and support climate activism! Find out more about  Switch to Wind

FOSSIL FREE NYC!

New York City should immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels and divest from direct ownership in any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years.
We are also calling on Comptroller Stringer to divest NYC pension funds from the banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline, defunddapl.org


Join the NYC Divestment campaign! #DIVESTNY
email us @350nyc@gmail.com.

"Like"  Fossil Free NYC  
Fossil Free Teachers NYC


FOSSIL FREE NY STATE! 

MAY 8th LOBBY DAY in ALBANY -
If interested in participating fill out this form or Contact Mark Dunlea @dunleamark@aol.com. Make a difference! We need you!

The Fossil Fuel Divestment Act has been reintroduced this session! The new bill number is S.4596 in the Senate and A.3712 in the Assembly.
Demand an end to fossil fuel investments!
Assembly Switchboard (518 455-4100) and State Senate (518 455-2800).
Follow us @ Fossil Free New York State
#DivestNY



The Fight for Keystone Continues 

Given President Trump's revival of the Keystone Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline projects, our vigilance remains as important as ever. While Trump promises an increase in job creation, the lasting effect the pipeline would have on the environment could be detrimental. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council as quoted in a CNN article, the extra greenhouse gas emissions from oil conducted via Keystone alone “would be almost as much as all the emissions saved from the new fuel efficiency standards on heavy trucks, and roughly double the amount saved from the effort by several northeast states to voluntarily restricting greenhouse gases.” 


Update 100% Renewables
Governor Cuomo has agreed to doing a feasibility study to determine how we can get to 100% ASAP.

Support the NY State Campaign for 100% renewable energy by 2030. 
100% RENEWABLE NOW NY CAMPAIGN
New Bill#'s: Call your state legislators to ask them to sign on as co-sponsors to the NYS 100% by 2030 bill A05105 (Colton) / (S Hoylman) Requires the establishment of a one hundred percent clean energy system by two thousand thirty. Ends fossil fuels and nuclear power.
Assembly switchboard is 518 455-4100;
Senate is 518 455-2800
Sign the 100% by 2030 petition 
Follow the campaign on Facebook.
Find out how your organization can sign on in support of this goal.  




#ResistAIM
Sign the Petition: Governor Cuomo, STOP Spectra Energy's Atlantic Bridge pipeline, the next segment after AIM

RESOURCES for RESISTANCE
Weekly Action Checklist   

a. Indivisible: A practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda (link)  
b. Surviving an autocracy (link)
c. How to stop helping DJT (link)

TBA --  Discussion & planning group for NYC related climate action.
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350NYC Meetings
UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED, ALL 350NYC AND NYC GRASSROOTS ALLIANCE MEETINGS 
ARE HELD AT THE
 NEW YORK SOCIETY FOR ETHICAL CULTURE (NYSEC)
2 WEST 64TH STREET 
NY NY 10025
(NEAR COLUMBUS CIRCLE)

Mon, April 3rd 
NYC Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
6:30 - 8:30pm:
"Take On the Most Dangerous Federal Agency You've (Probably) Never Heard Of"


Wed April 12th  
350NYC Climate Education and Sustainability - 
6:30 - 9pm 
MOVIE NIGHT   “Sustainability”
 
Social Hall

Mon April 17th 
350NYC Communications & Media group 
-- location TBA


Wed April 19th
350NYC City Divestment Meeting 
7 - 9pm  

Room #508

Wed April 26th  
350NYC Gene
ral Meeting  
7 - 9pm
Social Hall

TBA --  Local Climate Initiatives
Discussion & planning group
Sign up for info.@350nyc@gmail.com

 

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