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  October 2016 Newsletter 

"Climate Justice and Public Pension Fund Investments"
with Senator Liz Krueger

Saturday, October 15th
@DC 37 - 125 Barclay St
9am - 1pm
Room #1

RSVP HERE (not required, but helpful)
350nyc.org for more info

On Saturday, October 15th, District Council 37 / AFSCME in collaboration with 350NYC will present  “Climate Justice and Pension Fund Investments: Divesting Public Pension Funds from Fossil Fuels”, a forum for union members, staff, and leaders. The event is free and will be held from 9am until 1pm at DC37, 125 Barclay St., Manhattan, Room 1.
Last year Mayor de Blasio proposed that the City immediately divest the city’s pension funds from coal and evaluate the climate risk and carbon footprint of the funds. This was approved by the various Board of Trustees and a firm was recently hired to complete the study, expected to be completed early in 2017. Climate justice groups such as 350NYC have been advocating for several years to divest the pension funds from all fossil fuels companies that are contributing to climate change and threatening the future of the city and its residents. The forum will provide an update to union members who are in the city’s pension fund and what next steps are possible. 
Speakers will include Senator Liz Krueger, Council Member Helen Rosenthal, IEEF Director of Finance and former NY State Deputy Comptroller Tom Sanzillo, and Jon Adler, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Pensions & Investments and Chief Pension Investment Advisor. Jeremy Sanders, President of Local 1501 and Chair of DC37's Climate Justice Committee Chair will moderate. For full speaker list see 350nyc.org.

A light breakfast will be provided beginning at 9:00am. Program begins at 9:30am.
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FACING THE SURGE                           
Film Screening & Discussion
Saturday October 15th, 2016  
@ 1:30-3:30 pm 
SoHo Patagonia, 
2nd Floor
72 Greene St. NYC

About the Movie

Facing the Surge documents the tangible costs of sea level rise for the people of Norfolk, VA. Norfolk is home to the largest naval base in the country and to thousands of hard-working Americans struggling to adapt to the rising tides and an uncertain future. The town has registered 16 inches of sea level rise since 1930.READ MORE 

This movie screening is made possible thanks to the support and collaboration of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL).  We are delighted to have Rob Werner, a member of CCL and 350NYC to lead a discussion about the movie, with a focus on the implications for NYC.  With the impact of Hurricane Matthew still fresh in our minds, this is a timely discussion on sea level rise and what we can do about it.  Rob attended the June 2016 CCL Conference in Washington, DC, where "Facing the Surge" premiered, and he lobbied Members of Congress as part of the CCL delegation. 

State Senate Roundtable on Divestment from Fossil Fuels, NYC 
Friday, October 28th, 10am to 12pm

Baruch College
Rackow Room 750
151 E 25th St., NYC

RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/zexphmr,
or call 212-490-9535.

State Senator Liz Krueger, Assistant Assembly Speaker Felix W. Ortiz, and Sen. Brad Hoylman, present a moderated discussion on the financial and fiduciary implications of divesting New York State's pension fund from fossil fuels.

The New York State Common Retirement Fund, the pension fund for over one million New Yorkers, has around $4 billion invested in the world's top 200 fossil fuel producers. More than $1 billion of that is invested in a single company - ExxonMobil. However, in the face of rapidly accelerating climate change and increasingly strong action by local and national governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, questions have been raised about the future profitability of fossil fuel companies. Concerns about "stranded assets" and lack of transparency, along with a global divestment movement led by environmental organizations like 350.org, has resulted in nearly six hundred organizations divesting from fossil fuels. These organizations include universities, faith-based organizations, non-profits, municipalities, philanthropic organizations, and national and state pension funds, controlling over $3.4 trillion in assets.

The roundtable will include representatives from the office of New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, as well as a panel of financial and investment experts.

Confirmed panelists include:
- Vicki Fuller, Chief Investment Officer, NYS CRF
- Pete Grannis, First Deputy Comptroller
- Mark Campanale, Founder and Executive Director, Carbon Tracker
- Stephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
- Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

We need more co-sponsors of the bill to require the state pension fund to divest from fossil fuels. See the bill and sponsors. S5873 (Krueger, 10 cosponsors) and A8011-A (Ortiz, 9 cosponsors)

RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/zexphmr

Monday, Oct 31st
Park Slope, Brooklyn
@14th St and 7th Ave

Introducing 350NYC/BK silver 15 foot fossil fuel pipeline monster! 

Join us to bring awareness to the dangers of fossil fuel and the AIM Spectra pipeline. We also want to bring attention to 350, their work, and volunteer opportunities. 

For more info or if you'd like to volunteer for this action email us at



October 28 - November 6, 2016

‘Women Act for Climate Justice: Ten Days of Global Mobilization’ is a worldwide call for women and girls to bring light to their climate struggles and solutions by sending in photos and statements; or through escalated actions including but not limited to educational events, community projects, protests and marches.

The 2016 ‘Women Act for Climate Justice’ campaign is being called in advance of the November 2016 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - COP22 Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, where we must work together to ensure a sustained civil society presence and pressure to demand that all government’s road maps ahead originate in a climate justice framework, and with respect to human, Indigenous and women’s rights, and gender, social, economic and ecological justice. The 'Women Act for Climate Justice’ decentralized mobilization is intended to show our collective actions and voices in the lead up to COP22, but also far beyond the UNFCCC.

Join the Women’s Earth and Climate Action NetworkWomen’s Global Call for Climate Justice and hundreds of global allies as we stand together in resistance, strength and hope.

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Switch to Wind

 If you'd like to make a $150,00 donation to 350NYC without writing a check, while divesting your electric bill from dirty energy suppliers,  - here's what you need to know:

By switching your ESCO to Ethical Electric, our clean energy partner, you will be supporting the delivery of wind 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!


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.has been introduced by  and 
Please contact your representatives and ask them to co-sponsor A8011-AS5873 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


"Are Your Pension Funds Fueling Climate Change?: Climate Justice and Public Pension Fund Investments" 
forum on fossil fuel divestment for Union members. leaders and staff.
Oct 15th @DC37 9am - 1pm
350nyc.org for more info

Help us reach 10,000 signatures 
Sign the
Petition to NYC Comptroller 

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

"Like"  Fossil Free NYC  
Fossil Free Teachers NYC


Assembly switchboard is 518 455-4100;
Senate is 518 455-2800

Sign the 100% by 2030 petition 

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)

Follow the campaign on Facebook.
Find out how your organization can sign on in support of this goal.  


Studies and Reports

Oil Change International, The Sky's The Limit, September 22, 2016. priceofoil.org/2016/09/22/the-skys-limit-report/Bill McKibben, 

Recalculating the Climate Math, The New Republic, September 22, 2016. newrepublic.com/article/136987/recalculating-climate-math

World moves to offset airplane emissions in landmark dealAlejandro Dávila Fragoso, Think Progress Oct 7, 2016

350NYC Meetings

NY NY 10025

Next monthly meeting
Wed. Oct 26th 
@ 7- 9pm

NYSEC, Elliott Library Room #507

City Divest Working Group 
Next regular working group meeting will be Wed. Nov 16
7 - 9 PM
Meeting Room #508
(3rd Wed of each month)

Climate Ed and Sustainable Solutions Working Groups
Next meetings TBA
350nyc@gmail.org to get on our listserv.

Affiliated Meetings
NYC Grassroots Alliance Monthly Monday Oct 17
@6:30pm - 9pm 

2 West 64th St 
Elliot Library #507

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