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Tomorrow! Tuesday, Feb 3rd @6:30
St John's Church Meeting Room
81 Christopher Street

 

Bringing together activists, private sector interests, and representatives of city government to join forces on this challenge. Examine the Mayor’s plan, look at strategies of pension fund divestment, discuss how we can help at a local level to build a sustainable city, and brainstorm effective actions. This panel and discussion are a lead-up to the Global Divestment Day on February 13th.

Panelists:
● Louis Berger, co-founder and managing partner of Washington Square Capital Management, a New York-based investment advisory firm that builds customized socially responsible investment portfolios for individual and institutional clients. He'll provide a financial perspective on the field of renewable energy investment today. 
● Lisa DiCaprio, 350NYC, Clinical Associate Professor of Social Sciences at New York University. She'll discuss the campaign to divest NYC pension funds from fossil fuel companies and review the global movement calling on governments, universities, and religious institutions to divest and transition to a renewable economy.
● Larry Schimmel, General Counsel for Investment and Operations at the NYC Public Advocate Letitia James' office, who will discuss government's role in divestment, and what municipal, state, and federal governments are discussing around environmental legislation.
●Beth Newcomer, Legislative Analyst for NYC Council Member Helen Rosenthal (District 6, Upper West Side), who will discuss the Council Member's leadership on divestment.
 Tim Woodcock, co-founder of HomeEdison, a 21st-century energy lifestyle company with core competencies in solar PV and battery back-up storage that specializes in renewable energy and energy efficiency sales. He'll offer an overview of the procedures and benefits for implementing renewable energy systems in NYC.

Sponsored by Greater NYC for Change with 350NYC, Manhattan Young DemocratsUnited for Action, and Village Independent Democrats
Space is limited. RSVP on Facebook or to dale.corvino@gmail.com


The Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Hearing
Also Tomorrow, Tuesday February 3, 2015
Information Sessions @2:00pm and 6:00pm
Hearing begins @3:00pm and @7pm

Borough of Manhattan Community College 199 Chambers Street

The REV hearing is a regulatory reform initiative sponsored by the PSC (Public Service Commission) that affects all energy users in NYS. Here's what the PSC says about REV: "The Commission is considering a new business model for energy service providers where distributed energy resources becomes a primary tool in the planning and operation of the electric system." For more info, please visit: The Importance of Understanding “Renewing the Energy Vision” 

In the hour prior to each public hearing, PSC staff will present an information session on what the REV initiative means for customers and be available to answer questions. It is not necessary to be present at the start of the hearing, to make an appointment in advance, or to present written material to speak at the hearing. Persons will be called to speak after completing a request card. Each public statement hearing will continue until everyone wishing to speak has been heard.

Helpful talking points on the AGREE website. Also see more listings of hearings added in other cities of New York State. 

 


NYC
Friday, February 13th 2015 @ 
12:30pm

Which Side Are You On?

 
WHERE: Financial District – Intersection of Broad Street/ Exchange Place (closest subway J/M.  Also 2/3 trains to Wall St. & William St. or 4/5 trains to Wall St. & Broadway)

Global Divestment Day is the first-ever global day of action focusing on fossil fuel divestment. Actions around the world on this day will demonstrate the breadth and depth of support for divesting from fossil fuels and reinvesting in the clean energy economy of the future.

Here in NYC, we'll be rallying in the financial district in downtown Manhattan to let institutional investors and our political leaders know that we are calling for divestment from fossil fuels as part of a global campaign to stop climate change.  

NYC divestment campaigners focused on universities, city and state government, and faith-based institutions are uniting behind a simple message for investors everywhere: Which Side Are You On? Are you financing the problem or the solution? It is time that New Yorkers say no to financing the fossil fuel industry, especially extreme forms of energy extraction like fracking and tar sands.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Rev. Yearwood  -  Hip Hop Caucus
Helen Rosenthal  -  New York City Council Member for the 6th District,
Chris Fici  -  GreenFaith and Union Theological Seminary
Stuart Braman  - Fossil Free Indexes  USA
Kevin Murungi  -   Global Kids 

Watch the video!
RSVP Here and join the 
Facebook Event



SAVE THE DATE: Thursday March 19th

Forum: "Lead up to Paris 2015: Update on GLOBAL CLIMATE TREATY NEGOTIATIONS" (A follow up to "A Global Climate Treaty: Why the US Must Lead")
New York Society for Ethical Culture
Auditorium @ 7 - 9pm
Check for more info soon on our website 350nyc.org

 


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.





Watching and Waiting on KXL

Last Thursday the Senate voted 62-36 to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Nine Democrats joined all 53 Republicans in voting for the bill. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand both voted "no." The Senate measure must now be reconciled with a similar bill passed earlier by the House. A final version should reach the President's desk early this week.
 
President Obama has already promised a veto, but it's important to note that his objection is procedural. Since the pipeline would cross an international boundary, approval authority currently rests first with the State Department and then, ultimately, with the President. The bills approved by the House and Senate are attempts to circumvent this process. So a veto, when it comes, will be in order to preserve the process, and not on the merits of the pipeline.
 
The State Department's review had been on hold pending a decision by the Nebraska Supreme Court on whether the pipeline's route through that state had been properly approved. That question was finally decided on January 9. On January 25, the State Department restarted its review, and announced that the EPA and other federal agencies have until Monday, February 2, to submit their comments. Sometime after that Secretary Kerry will issue a draft National Interest Determination, and President Obama will then have 15 days in which to issue a final decision.

The process could once again be hijacked by Congress. Most observers believe that there are not enough votes to override the President's veto of the current legislation, but Republicans have said they will try again - perhaps by adding KXL to another measure that would be more difficult for the president to veto, like must-pass spending legislation or a broader energy bill. So KXL may eventually become a legislative "bargaining chip," to be traded away by the President and congressional Democrats.
 
Currently, no demonstrations are planned. There may be a national response once a bill is sent to the President, or when Congress takes other action; there will certainly be a national response if the State Department decides in favor of the pipeline. But for now, we're watching and waiting.

Here Are All The Extra Provisions Attached To The Senate’s Keystone XL Bill
 


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

 

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 


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FOSSIL FREE NYC CAMPAIGN

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

Latest Divestment News: Go Fossil Free
Breaking: T
he New School Divests!

 


 

FOURTEEN YEARS CLIMATE CHANGE COUNTDOWN 

CLIMATE CHANGE REPORTS 

Patrik Stollarz, January 22, 2015, Agence France-Presse, “Climate Change Brings World Closer to ‘Doomsday,’ Scientists Say.” 

Chris Mooney, January 16, 2015, Washington Post report, “It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history.”                                                     

Carl Zimmer, “Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says,” New York Times, January 15, 2015.                                                  

American Geophysical Union, December 18, 2014, “U.S. Approaching ‘Tipping Points’ for Sea Level Rise-Related Flooding Earlier than Expected: Most of U.S Coast May See 30 or More Days a Year of Floods Up to Two Feet Above High Tides.”                                  
For the complete article, which was published in the December 2014 issue of Earth’s Future, the journal of the American Geophysical Union, see William V. Sweet and Joseph Park, “From the extreme to the mean: Acceleration and tipping points of coastal inundation from sea level rise,” 


VISUAL RESOURCES 

The Global Calculator 

Carbon Footprint Calculator and Offset Shop (by South Pole Carbon)                                                                            

The Children’s Crusade: Bill Moyers                                                                         http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-climate-crusade



350NYC Meetings

ALL 350NYC AND NYC GRASSROOTS ALLIANCE MEETINGS 
NEW YORK SOCIETY FOR ETHICAL CULTURE 
2 WEST 64TH STREET (NEAR COLUMBUS CIRCLE)

350NYC Monthly General Meeting 
7 – 9 PM
Wednesday, Feb 25th
Elliott Library Room #507
(Last Wed of each month)
Special Presentation by 

City Divest Working Group 
7 - 9 PM
Wednesday, February 11th  
Meeting Room #508
(2nd Wednesday of each month)

Sustainable Solutions Working Group 
7 - 9 PM
Wednesday, February 18th 
Meeting Room #508
(3rd Wednesday of each month)

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


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