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Sunday, September 21, 2014 Confirmed!
New York City
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People's Climate March Big Organizing Meeting
Tuesday, July 1st @6 - 8:30pm
The New School - Old Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th St., between 5th and 6th Ave. in Manhattan
On May 20th, 250 people packed the 1st Organizing Meeting for the People's Climate March in September. If you were there you'll recall the energy, enthusiasm and commitment to get the work done that filled the room. It's time to meet again, and this time to make the meeting even bigger!
Mark your calendars now, and rsvp by clicking here. If you cannot come to the meeting but want to be on our email list, click here.
Join us on July 1st when we will:
- share important updates about our plans for People's Climate March and the support that's growing ever day
- focus on the priority work for the next few months
- spend most of our time in constituency-based break out groups for in-depth discussions about outreach to as many communities as possible
- offer an opportunity for people new to the issues to learn more and get involved
Just as importantly, help spread the word. Ask any group you are connected with to join this effort and send someone to the July 1st meeting. Share this message with your organizational and individual email lists. Bring your friends to the meeting with you! Don't forget to rsvp!
See you on July 1st at this important next step toward the People's Climate March.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
A Global Climate Treaty: Why the US Must Lead
7pm @ 2 West 64th Street, first floor auditorium
Sponsored by 350NYC and NY Society for Ethical Culture,
In September, world leaders will meet in NYC for a UN summit on climate change. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is calling on world governments to pledge support for an ambitious, legally binding agreement in 2015 to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. This forum will focus on why we need an international treaty and why we must demand our government assume a leading role in these negotiations.
Confirmed speakers to date:
Mary Robinson. President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice (http://www.mrfcj.org/about/) Former first woman President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Sean Sweeney, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
Donald Brown, Scholar in Residence and Professor, Sustainability, Ethics, and Law, Widener University of Law.
FOSSIL FREE NYC CAMPAIGN
350NYC’s divestment campaign is working hard to ensure that our public money isn’t funding climate change.
If you haven’t already, please sign the petitions to divest NYC and NY State from fossil fuels and help us take this campaign to the next level! If you're interested in joining our Divestment Working Group, please email us at 350NYC@gmail.com.
Sign our petition to Comptroller Scott Stringer
Sign the petition to NYS Comptroller DiNapoli
In another step forward for the growing divestment movement, Union Theological Seminary, right here in NYC, voted to divest the school’s entire $108.4 million endowment. Last month, 59 Oxford University academics signed an open letter urging the University to “take action on climate change” by divesting its £3.8bn endowment of investments in the fossil fuel industry.
Students at more than 400 campuses across the country are leading the way in the national divestment movement and making daily strides. Eleven colleges have already committed to partial or full fossil fuel divestment. Here in NYC last month, NYU Divest had their first meeting with the administration and their demands were met: next fall, NYU Divest will be on the University Senate agenda, and they are guaranteed a participatory role in developing the proposal for divestment.
There are also incredible campaigns at Barnard/Columbia, CUNY, Hofstra, and more. See how you can support CUNY Divest by attending a hearing of the CUNY Board of Trustees this coming Monday, 6/24. Let's support their efforts! Check out the latest on campus divestment.
If you'd like 350NYC to attend your group to speak about our divestment campaign, please e-mail us (email@example.com).
CLIMATE CHANGE COUNTDOWN
PLANETARY BOUNDARIES: HOW CAN WE CREATE A SAFE OPERATING SPACE FOR HUMANITY?
Big Question: Is Earth Past the Tipping Point? Produced by the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkkKZgKmdP4
In 2009, scientists at the Stockholm Resiliency Centre outlined the concept of nine planetary boundaries: stratospheric ozone layer, biodiversity, chemicals dispersion, climate change, ocean acidification, freshwater consumption and the global hydrological cycle, land systems change, nitrogen and phosphorus inputs to the biosphere and oceans, and atmospheric aerosol loading. For a presentation explaining the nine planetary boundaries and how we can create a safe operating space for humanity, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgqtrlixYR4
For the Stockholm Resiliency Centre website, see: http://www.stockholmresilience.org/21/research/research-programmes/planetary-boundaries/planetary-boundaries/about-the-research/the-nine-planetary-boundaries.html
See also, Anders Wijkman and Johan Rockstrom, Bankrupting Nature: Denying Our Planetary Boundaries, (Routledge, 2012).
For the video of President Obama’s May 31, 2014 weekly address explaining the new EPA guidelines on reducing carbon pollution from carbon plants, see: http://youtu.be/li1aHjjqh3w
For the transcript, see: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/31/weekly-address-reducing-carbon-pollution-our-power-plants