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 JUNE 2014 Newsletter

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Sunday, September 21, 2014    Confirmed!
New York City
Stand by for full details or get involved by signing on at the web site or attending an organizing meeting.

peoplesclimatemarch.org


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.



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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 


DIVESTMENT NEWS

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. 

CAMPUS DIVESTMENT

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.
campaigns: http://gofossilfree.org/updates/

If you'd like 350NYC to attend your group to speak about our divestment campaign, please e-mail us (350nyc@gmail.com).


 

15 YEARS
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

 



 
 
 
 

 

 


Switch to Wind Campaign

This campaign is moving along nicely but we need YOU to help us take it to the next level. 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 feel good about helping the planet this summer.
 

350NYC Volunteer Opportunities

All summer long, 350NYC will be out at events in the city to campaign for a Fossil Free NYC, Switch to Wind, and to promote the People's Climate March.  We would love some of our wonderful supporters to join us!  If you attend a regular event and think we should be there, let us know. Email us for updated calendar activities: 350NYC@gmail.com.  Our next big event will be -
Sun. June 29th NYC PrideFest.  PrideFest runs from 11am-6pm and we will have a table all day on Horatio St.  Please sign up to join us for some of that time: for details on where to find us  e-mail 350NYC@gmail.com.

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Monday, June 30th
WHAT:  Rally to Ban Fracking and Stop LNG Terminal at Port Ambrose 
WHEN:  Monday, June 30, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
WHERE:  Grand Hyatt Hotel, 109 East 42nd Street, Manhattan

On Monday, June 30, Governor Cuomo is holding a major fundraiser at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan – and we’ll be there, demanding that he ban fracking and veto the proposed Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility.
 
Please join us for a rally outside the hotel. This is an important opportunity to demonstrate the power of the anti-fracking movement and take our message directly to Cuomo and his donors!
Sign up and spread the word on Facebook.


Sunday, July 13th 

WHAT: First national rally to stop fracked gas exports at Cove Point and beyond!
WHEN: Sunday, July 13th, 12:30pm - 4pm
WHERE: West of the Capitol Reflecting Pool, bordered by 3rd St and between Pennsylvania Ave. NW and Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC


On July 13th in Washington, DC, we'll come together to send a decisive message to President Obama and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Say “no!” to fracked gas exports at Cove Point and nationwide.

It will be a critical time to act. This summer, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be nearing a decision on one of the worst examples of the gas export rush: Dominion Resources' proposed fracked gas export facility at Cove Point – just 50 miles from the White House on the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland. For far too long, President Obama has allowed FERC to put the interests of the oil and gas industry above our health, safety and climate, rubber-stamping project after project.

On Sunday, July 13th, fracking fighters everywhere, movement leaders like Tim DeChristopher and Sandra Steingraber, mothers fending off compressor stations, fathers fighting pipelines – and everyday people demanding solutions to climate change – will march together by the thousands. We'll call on President Obama and FERC to reject a gas export disaster, at Cove Point and beyond, and instead redouble investments in the wind, solar and energy efficiency technologies that will support good jobs and a stable climate for all.
To sign up click here.


Upcoming 350NYC Meetings

All 350NYC Meetings are held at 
New York Society for Ethical Culture 
2 West 64th Street (near Columbus Circle)
unless otherwise noted.
Room number varies.

350NYC Monthly Open Meeting 
7 – 9 PM
Wednesday, June 25th 
Elliott Library Room #507
(4th Wed of each month)

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

Next Sustainability Working Group
7 - 9 PM
Wednesday, July 16
Meeting Room #508
(3rd Wed of each month)

Other affiliated meetings:

Religious Communities for Divestment & Reinvestment 
Thursday, June  26 @ 7 pm,
Lampman Chapel of Union Seminary, Broadway & 120 St.  
Monthly Meetings. All are welcome
!

There will also be a free webinar on "Fossil Free Investing for Faith Groups," featuring investment advisors from FTSE and Blackrock, on Thurs., June 26 from 4-5 pm ET.  Register here:  https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/greenfaith/eventRegistration.jsp?event=29
 
NYC Grassroots Alliance Monthly MeetingMonday July 7, 2014 at 7- 9pmNew York Society for Ethical Culture,
2 West 64th Street, NY, N Y. Meeting in Social Room
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http://350nyc.org/donate/.
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