350NYC February Newsletter

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  February 2017 Newsletter 


Events in February

* Featured* 

February 14th 
Press Conference, Petition delivery
12:00 noon - 2pm

1 Centre Street, NYC
Facebook Event for updates. 

Tell Comptroller Stringer to Show the Planet some Love on Valentines Day!

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.
Sign the Petition to NYC Comptroller 
and join us on the
14th to help spread the love! 

Two Film Screenings Tonight!

Monday, February 6th 
Science Matters Film Festival Kickoff: 

"DEEP TIME" by Noah Hutton
6:00 - 7:30pm

308 Bowery, NYC 10012

This is the inaugural night of Science Matters, a monthly series that takes a cinematic look at timely and culturally-relevant issues in science. It is presented to you by the Imagine Science Film Festival. It is kicking off with the screening of Deep Time - a portrait of North Dakota during the most prolific oil boom of the past six years. The screening is followed by a chat with Director Noah Hutton. Starting at 6 – 7:30 pm at the Bowery Poetry ClubReserve your $6 tickets HERE!

Monday, February 6th
THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community (with filmmaker)
6:30 PM to 8:45 PM

New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street, New York, NY
Social Hall, basement
RSVP on Meetup

Climate change is taking place. Will we have the wisdom to survive? This moving film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve in the face of climate disruption. Interviewees include Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy, Roger Payne and young pioneers like Herschelle Milford and Quincy Saul. 

Sponsored by NYC Grassroots Alliance, Environmental Education Fund and NY Society for Ethical Culture 

Thursday, February 9
Climate Change and the New Technological Revolution: The Hispanic Perspective
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Instituto Cervantes
211 E 49th St, New York 

Special presentation: A dialogue between Juan Verde and Professor Ramon Tamames. 

Please join us for a conversation between Juan Verde and Professor Ramon Tamames, which will be cohosted by the Instituto Cervantes. These two veterans to the climate change conversation will discuss their unique perspectives on Climate Change and how it will impact the Hispanic community. We hope you can join us for this lively dialogue and enjoy the opportunity to learn more about IE in the wonderful setting of the Instituto de Cervantes. Please RSVP if you plan to attend as space is limited! Register Here


Monday, February 13th - ALBANY
Environmental Conservation Budget Hearing

Legislative Office Building
For more info: Facebook event

All mention of climate change has been officially removed from the White House website. Trump is trying to purge facts and peddle denial to line the pockets of his fossil fuel cronies. This is an emergency.

Here in New York, we are NOT standing idly by. We’re pushing our Governor and legislature to go even further in the opposite direction, taking bold and urgent steps to combat the climate crisis, protect vulnerable communities, and create good, green jobs.

On February 13th, the state Environmental Conservation committee will be having it’s annual budget hearing in Albany, and--this year more than ever before--we need to demand that climate action be prioritized in the state budget.
Can you join us in Albany on Monday, February 13th? Sign up here to grab a spot on buses going from Buffalo and NYC.

We can’t let this year’s New York state budget neglect serious climate action, especially when other states are looking to us to lead in this moment of crisis. Sign up here to join us and take the Environmental Conservation budget hearing by storm.

Wednesday, February 22
An Evening with Vice President Al Gore
7:30 - 9:00pm
The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center
One E 65th Street (and 5th Ave)
New York, NY

Ten years after the release of the Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth", the community of nations put the historic Paris Agreement in to force, committing to work together to solve the global climate crisis.

Now, on the heels of the US presidential election, the way forward on climate action is uncertain.

Joining us to discuss the issue is climate advocate and former Vice President Al Gore, who is confronting the climate crisis with ever more determination. During his inspiring presentation, he will pose key questions about our ability to ensure a sustainable future, then, using the latest data offer solutions that are good for the planet and good for our economy.

As the climate conversation heats up on the national and world stage, you won’t want to miss this illuminating event.

*SPECIAL EVENT: Al Gore appearance at 7:30 p.m.  
Tickets: $25 Students. $45 Regular Admission.

First week of March:

Thursday, March 2nd

Ethics in Action: Climate Change and NYC
with Jeffery Sachs
6:30pm to 8:00pm
@ New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W 64th St - Auditorium
Free- donations accepted at the door

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. 

Friday, March 3rd 
Benefit Concert for the April People's Climate March
7:00pm - 10:30pm
Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
315 Columbia St, Brooklyn, New York 11231

Join 350NYC, Annie Keating, Gabriel Mayersthe 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 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 for more information and to purchase.
Facebook Event 


1. URGENT: Governor Cuomo, STOP Spectra Energy's Atlantic Bridge pipeline, the next segment after AIM.  
Facebook or follow ResistSpectra on and FERC just approved construction and we need Cuomo to step in. Learn more at

2. Sign the Petition to Comptroller Scott Stringer requesting divestment of NYC Pensions from fossil fuels. This is the final push before petition drop on 2/14. Please sign and share widely. 

3. Governor Cuomo - Support a Carbon Tax for NY State
Please support, sign and share this petition started by our youngest member, an 11 year old girl from Brooklyn.

4. Tell Governor Cuomo to adopt a moratorium on all fossil fuel infrastructure projects using our new personalized form letter

5.  VOLUNTEER OUTREACH - for the People's Climate March   Calls & other activities.  Please email Marilyn and she'll let you know the next few dates people are getting together.


Want to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint in 4 Simple Actions?
  •  Switch to Wind Power   You can reduce NYC carbon footprint by increasing demand for wind & solar energy.  Click here to learn more about our campaign and to make the switch! 
  • Know your carbon footprint  - Member recommended site helps you understand which of your personal choices have an impact. Try it out for a month and give us a report back in Feb! 
  • Reduce consumption and waste.  Buy less & buy local (i.e. - not Amazon) since we don't need half the stuff we buy. For more on consumption and waste visit
  • Change your diet to consume less meat. We've known about this a long time - here's a 2009 article on "low carbon diet". If anyone wants to hold a movie 'house party' to watch "Cowspiracy" email

Saturday, April 29th
 Peoples Climate March

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



Donate to 350NYC's LED campaign and cut carbon now!
If every New Yorker switched just one compact fluorescent bulb to an LED bulb, NYC would collectively cut over 125 million pounds of carbon emissions per year!

350NYC's Lighting the Way LED Project is wrapping up. We have completed the installation of LED bulbs on all eleven floors of Phelps House, a senior living residence and are working on a video about the project. We still need donations! We have not met the goal yet of covering the costs of the lightbulbs.
Help be part of the solution by supporting this very worthwhile project. Go and remember to change your bulbs at home. We are all part of the problem - let's be part of the solution as well. 

Cut Carbon Now!


Sign the Petition to NYC Comptroller 

Join the NYC Divestment campaign! #DIVESTNY
email us

"Like"  Fossil Free NYC  
Fossil Free Teachers NYC

Legislation divesting the New York State pension funds from fossil fuels was passed out of the Senate Civil Service and Pension Committee and sent to the Finance Committee\ A8011-A & S5873 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

Update 100% Renewables
Governor Cuomo has agreed to doing a feasibility study to determine how we can get to 100% by 2030!

Support the NY State Campaign for 100% renewable energy by 2030. 
Call your state legislators to ask them to sign on as co-sponsors to the NYS 100% by 2030 bill A7497 (Colton) and S 5527 (Hoylman)
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.  


Weekly Action Checklist   -
Sign up for this newsletter if you want a comprehensive list of action on all sorts of topics. Your first assignment is to read a few articles that frame the strategy ahead of us. 
a. Indivisible: A practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda (link)  
b. Surviving an autocracy (link)
c. How to stop helping DJT (link)

Breaking up with your bank? You should know where your money is going. Check out's Fossil Free advice:

350NYC Meetings
NY NY 10025

Monday, Feb 6th  
6:30 – 8:45 NYC Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting: “THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE”  Climate Change, Capitalism & Community (film +speaker) 

Wednesday, Feb 8th 
7-9pm: 350NYC Climate Education and Sustainable Solutions Meeting  
Room 508.  

Thursday, Feb. 9th  
6-9pm: 350NYC Media and Communications Team Meeting - 
location TBA - save the date and stand by for more info.

Wednesday, Feb 15th 
7-9pm: 350NYC Legislative Action and Divestment Committee 
Room 508

Wednesday, Feb 22nd 
350NYC monthly meeting.  Check Meetup for Agenda details closer to the time. Social Hall. All Welcome. 


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