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Danger Zone March & Rally to BAN Unsafe Oil Trains!
This Sunday, May 17, 2015
Sagamore Park, Teaneck, NJ
1:00 pm – March in Teaneck, NJ
2:30 pm – Rally/Press Conference
Details Here


STOP THE BOMB TRAINS NOW! Bakken crude oil, an extremely flammable, unstable, and highly volatile form of oil. extracted in North Dakota by fracking and shipped to refineries on the East coast. In Bergen County, NJ, at least 30 times a week, loud, fast-moving freight trains trains carry Bakken crude through their towns, passing schools, hospitals and ball fields, and across the Oradell Reservoir which provides drinking water to 800,000 people)!

The Coalition to Ban Unsafe Oil Trains--a group of concerned citizens, civic groups, environmental organizations, educators, labor, faith groups, elected officials--invites you to walk 1.5 miles and rally in Teaneck to call for an immediate stop to the unsafe, accident-prone trains carrying Bakken crude oil through our communities. 

Cosponsors: 350NJ, 350NYC, Bergen County Green Party, Bergen SWAN. Bronx Climate Justice North, Bus for Progress, Center for Biological Diversity, Chuck Augenbaugh, Deputy Fire Chief (Ret.), Clean Water Action, Climate Mama, Ethical Cultural Society of Bergen County, Food and Water Watch, ForestEthics, Hackensack Riverkeeper, NJ League of Conservation Voters , Pascal Sustainability Group, Renewable Energy Task Force, WNY Peace Center, Sane Energy Project, Teaneck Community Charter School, The Mothers Project.

Videos:
1. Crude by Rail - Albany NY's Oil by Train Risk 
2. Voices against Oil Trains  

 

48 Hours of Actions in New Jersey to promote Safe, Clean Energy  
May 16th - 18th, 2015
Actions in Teaneck, Mahwah, Linden, Sandy Hook, Trenton, Pennington, Monmouth County
All the details here.
Join the Facebook event
 

Raise the Heat on CommBank in NYC!
Thursday, May 21st 
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Meet at the Australian Consulate General - 150 E 42nd St. Then we walk to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia - 599 Lexington Ave # 1701 (@53rd St)
 
The global climate movement is at a critical stage in the fight to stop the Galilee Basin mega coal mines that, if built, would cook the climate and trash the Great Barrier Reef. Join the 350.org/350NYC solidarity action in Manhattan to speak out against this alliance of big money and big coal which threatens our planet.

Right now, Indian mining giant Adani is calling upon The Commonwealth Bank to help them finance the Abbot Point coal port in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the first step in unlocking nine mega coal mines in Australia’s Galilee Basin.

It’s time to step things up and put CommBank’s reputation on the line — either they heed our call and publicly rule out their involvement OR they face a creative & unrelenting campaign. Other banks have already rejected this project - CommBank must do the same.
Join with thousands, taking part in hundreds of actions at dozens of branches around the country and the world as we Raise the Heat on CommBank from 19-23 May! http://gofossilfree.org/commbank-action/

Watch the video The New Coal Frontier - Keep it in the Ground – the Guardian’s climate campaign

Come help make art for the event!
Art-build for "Raise the Heat on CommBank"
This Monday, May 18, 2015 @6:00 PM
People,s Puppets Studio
20 Jay St, #214, Brooklyn, NY (edit map)
More info here.
 

Climate Justice Lobby Day Albany

Tuesday, May 19th 
 
Please RSVP on the facebook page or to dunleamark@aol.com 
For more info. www.gelfny.org
 
The bill for 100% clean energy by NYS by 2030 is now introduced; A7497 (Colton) and S 5527 (Hoylman). If you have state legislators you know who are supportive of this issue, please call as soon as possible to ask them to sign on as co-sponsors. Assembly switchboard is 518 455-4100; Senate is 518 455-2800.
The lobby day will also include support for: shared renewables; carbon tax; divestment of state pension funds from fossil fuels; and movement on a Climate Action Plan. (And will say no to the various nukes, coal and fossil fuel efforts)
 
We are setting up meetings with the Governor's office; members of the Assembly Climate Change working group; NYSERDA; and chairs of the legislative committees of energy and the environment. People should schedule meetings with their own individual legislators if they want and if they are not part of the above list.
 
The day begins with a quick orientation at 10 AM sharp at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 275 State St (one-half block west of the Capitol). No parking at the church. Registration at 9:30 AM. (We will send out info re parking)
Please check out (www.facebook.com/nygreenelf) for the latest news on climate change and renewable energy. Many of our background documents are at www.gelfny.org.
 
It is time to say no to fossil fuels and nukes and yes to clean energy, energy conservation and action on climate change!
 


‘Stop The #FERCus’ 
May 21-29, 2015 
Washington, DC


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) says its mission is to provide safe, efficient, sustainable energy for the country. It’s failing on all counts. Instead, it serves as a rubber stamp for the fracked gas industry, approving all permit applications that come across their desk. Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) and allied organizations and individuals want FERC to fulfill its mission and to make decisions based on what’s best for all of us instead of the fracked-gas industry.

Check out our video about the actions here

This time, we’re coming to DC with a nine-point plan to change FERC from a rubber stamp for the fossil fuel industry into a leader in the urgent, civilizational task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and shifting to energy efficiency and renewable energy as rapidly as possible.

Most immediately, Beyond Extreme Energy demands:

  • A moratorium on permits for new gas pipelines, compressor stations and export terminals.
  • A halt to gas infrastructure and export terminals under construction but not yet operating until the new FERC has emerged, new priorities are in place, and a new reassessment has been made about whether the project should go forward.
  • Transformation of the FERC approval process and mission. FERC must be guided by the health of communities and the ecosystem rather than the profits of energy companies.
  • A time for public comments at the opening of each FERC meeting. In addition, FERC must make its website easier to navigate.
  • A thorough review of the climate effects of proposed projects and the clean energy alternatives. FERC’s priority must be the advancement of wind, solar and energy efficiency.

Join BXE in Washington for the May 21 – 29 “Stop the FERCus” actions. Come for a morning, a day, two days, or longer. Help us not only to bring these demands to the FERC, but also the grassroots, nonviolent political pressure to make them happen.

Sign up here to participate in the action.

Click here to support this action financially.

Questions? Email actions@beyondextremeenergy.org.
Schedule of events
 here.



Witness Wednesday:
interfaith action & vigil at FERC,

May 27 @
 7:00 AM

FERC Offices

888 First Street NE , Washington, DC

Come to Washington, DC to protest the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which gives rubber-stamp approval to fracked-gas infrastructure projects while the planet burns. Now is the time for people of faith to raise the moral dimensions of both the climate crisis and the necessary response to it.

Faith-led non-violent direct action and a vigil are planned for Wednesday, May 27, as part of a Week of Action against FERC.  All are welcome – and all are needed!

Join us for an interfaith gathering on Tuesday evening, May 26, where mandatory training will also be provided for those who want to participate in Wednesday’s direct action (overnight housing is available). Or, just come for the vigil on Wednesday. 

Go to http://beyondextremeenergy.org/an-invitation-to-faith-communities-from-beyond-extreme-energy/ for more information, and to sign up!



The Drum and the Seed, a Haitian Odyssey 
Friday, May 22 @7:30pm

Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn Street, Downtown Brooklyn

La Troupe Makandal, a drum and dance group active in New York since it immigrated from Haiti in 1981 is producing a theater piece called The Drum and the Seed, a Haitian Odyssey. The story, told in drumming, song, narrative, dance, and projections, follows a little girl on a quest for magic seeds that will help her garden grow—her village is in a drought. She meets three nature spirits who tell her the story of deforestation, soil erosion, and poisoning of the seas in Haiti. (Haiti, according to some scientific studies, is the country most at risk for climate change.) 
 
 Information here.

Left Forum Panels: See Full Conference and Panel Schedule 
(register here)

Campaign for 100% Green Energy in NYS by 2030
Saturday, May 30th @3:15pm - 05:00pm
Session 3 Room 1.920
John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
The City University of New York, 524 West 59th St

Shifting Money, Shifting Power: Fossil Fuel Divestment and Alternative Energy Investment as a Strategy for Confronting Climate Change 
Sunday, May 31st @12:00pm - 1:50pm
Session 6 Room 1.91 
John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
The City University of New York, 524 West 59th St

People's Climate Movement - New York - Organizing for Next Steps
Sunday May 31st @ 3:40pm - 5:40pm
Session 7  Room "1.90"
John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
The City University of New York, 524 West 59th St

 

 
FOURTEEN YEARS CLIMATE CHANGE COUNTDOWN 


Resources


Articles/Studies

The Next Decade Will Decide What the World Looks Like for Thousands of Decades to Come, Huffington Post, Bill McKibben, May 6. 2015

THE GUARDIAN Leave it in the Ground Campaign"How Much Fossil Fuel Has Been Used in Your Lifetime?" The Guardian, April 10, 2015.  Interactive data.

You Just Lived Through The Earth’s Hottest January-April Since We Started Keeping Records, Climate Progress, Joe Romm, May 14, 2015

Breakup fears for massive Antarctic ice shelf: study, AFP, Richard Ingham, May 12, 2015

Sea Level Rise Is Happening Faster Than Anyone Thought, Climate Progress, Natasha Geiling, May 12, 2015

It's Official: Global Carbon Levels Surpassed 400 ppm for Entire MonthNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says level sets new record for world's atmosphere. Common Dreams,Sarah LazareMay 6, 2015 

Climate change could push a sixth of species to extinction: study,  Reuters, Alister Doyle, April 30, 2015
 




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.  Important TIP!  Ask about the different rates for a one-year contract vs. a variable rate. 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
 

No Port Ambrose LNG Terminal 

Breaking News! Resolution 549, sponsored by Chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection, Donovan Richards, calling on Governor Cuomo to veto Port Ambrose passed UNANIMOUSLY in the New York City Council on May 14th! 
Text of the City Council Res 549 

More about Port Ambrose.
1. Sign the petition:  
2. Call the Govs. and ask them to veto -  Cuomo (518) 474-8390 and Christie (609) 292-6000
3. Go to Sane Energy Projects web site for sample letter to Cuomo and your NY State elected Rep http://saneenergyproject.org/


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FOSSIL FREE NYC CAMPAIGN
Please "Like" our new Facebook page:
Fossil Free NYC 


The 350NYC Divestment working group meets every month (see calendar below) so please join us. E-mail 350nyc@gmail.com to join the listserv.

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

Sign the Guardian petition to Bill and Melinda Gates, founders of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and to Jeremy Farrar and Sir William Castell, director and chair of the Wellcome Trust.


Launching Fossil Free NYC Teachers

Teachers invest their working lives in their students’ futures. Their pension funds should not be invested in companies that profit from climate disruption. 

 

Fossil Free NYC Teachers is a new fossil fuel divestment initiative reaching out to New York City public school employees who are part of the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) pension fund. This includes teachers and also paraprofessionals, guidance counselors, social workers and others. 

 

We’ve launched a Facebook page and we are distributing flyers about our work at various places where teachers gather, including United Federation of Teachers (UFT) meetings. 

 

Our goal is to build a critical mass of UFT members who want to see our pensions divested of fossil fuel holdings. 

 

We hope you will join us on our Facebook page and publicize our work to anyone you know in the NYC school system – parents, teachers, administrators. Once you’re on the page, one immediate action you can take is to petition City Comptroller Scott Stringer and State Controller Thomas DiNapoli to use their power as pension trustees to divest fossil fuel assets from all public employee pensions. 

 

Please"Like" the new Fossil Free Teachers NYC Facebook Page

For more information contact Mimi Bluestone at mimiblue@mac.com



TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP)

On April 28th, the NYC City Council voted unanimously in favor of the resolution introduced by Council member Helen Rosenthal to declare NYC a TPP Free Zone. 

For more info:
NEW YORK CITY JOINS GROWING NUMBERS OF CITIES OPPOSING THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIPCommunication Workers of America

VICTORY! Gillibrand Announces Opposition to Fast Track


The TPP & the Environment Citizen's Trade Campaign

Sunday, May 17: National TPP Conference Call with Jim Hightower

Tuesday, May 19: TPP Twitterstorm



CLIMATE TREATY NEGOTIATIONS

Sign Corporate Accountability International's petition to keep Big Energy out of the climate talks.
 

Europe quietly shelves forestry debate ahead of Paris climate talks EurActiv.com, Frédéric Simon, May 12

New climate deal seen aiding GDP, lacking sanctions: U.N. chief
Reuters, Alister Doyle, May 13
 
U.S. Submits Climate Pledge in Next Step to UN's Paris Talks
InsideClimate News, By John H. Cushman Jr., March 31

Nations Agree Draft Text for Paris Climate Treaty 
Environment News Service (ENS) GENEVA, Switzerland, February 18

Road to Paris , project of International Council for Science (ICSU), a non-governmental organization representing a global membership that includes both national scientific bodies (121 National Members representing 141 countries) and International Scientific Unions (30 Members). 


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



350NYC Meetings

Next Monthly Meeting
May 27th @7pm

NY Society for Ethical Culture
2 W 64th St

Elliott Library Room #507

 

ALL 350NYC AND NYC GRASSROOTS ALLIANCE MEETINGS 

NEW YORK SOCIETY FOR ETHICAL CULTURE 
2 WEST 64TH STREET (NEAR COLUMBUS CIRCLE)


Sustainable Solutions Working Group 
7 - 9 PM
Wednesday, June 10
Meeting Room #508
(2nd Wednesday of each month)

City Divest Working Group 
7 - 9 PM
Wednesday, May 20th  
Meeting Room #508
(3rd Wednesday of each month)

Affiliated Meetings
NYC Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
7 - 9 PM
Monday, June 1st
2 West 64th Street, NY, N Y.
Meeting in the Social Hall



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