The Peoples Climate Movement Newsletter
June 29th, 2018
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STATEMENT OF SUPPORT
Since 2014, the Peoples Climate Movement has made the argument that to change everything, it takes everyone. Now more than ever that message rings true. This week we’ve seen another supreme court justice step down, opening the door to a super conservative Trump-majority that could threaten the most basic of our civil liberties for decades. We’ve seen SCOTUS deal a dangerous blow to the labor movement; a decision that will deeply impact working people’s ability to organize effectively across the country. We’ve seen a xenophobic executive order become a law banning global citizens from entering the country because of the majority religion of the country from which they hail. And we’ve seen thousands of migrating families – mothers, fathers, and children – denied due process, detained, and their family unit torn apart. What these attacks have in common, in part, is an agenda that increases the power of the 1%, that transforms good government into a system that only serves wealthy business interests, and keeps us divided.
But they’ve failed. We aren’t divided. As democracy comes under attack and repressive and right wing movements in the US and around the world are emboldened, we are building a movement that is strong enough to change the balance of power and protect our rights.
PCM believes our struggling allies are more than progressive partners working towards a common goal, they are more than lists of folks disproportionately impacted by the ravages of climate change; they are our brothers and our sisters, our mothers and our fathers. They are all of us. We are all of them. Today we rise with detained immigrants and those fleeing places vulnerable to climate disasters. We rise with our working brothers and sisters, fighting with us side by side for a clean and renewable energy economy that guarantees family-sustaining jobs and the right to unionize. We rise with these men, women, and children for Climate, Jobs, and Justice. We do it today, we’ll do it on September 8th, we’ll do it on November 6th, and in the weeks, months, and years to come. We will change everything, because we are everyone.
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SAVE THE DATE: PCM’s National Partner & Participant Call, July 12th @ 7 PM ET
Join PCM partners on July 12th to learn more about Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice September 8th actions happening across the country, and how you can get involved. RSVP Here.
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Join The People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street for the First Arts Meeting for the New York Rise For Climate Action
Introducing the 2018 RAY Fellowship Program Conservation Conversation Series!
These Conversations will occur as hour-long webinars via Zoom and registration is required. Please find the dates, times, and titles of the upcoming webinars below, along with links to register. Info can be found on RAY social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @rayconservation) as well as on the RAY website.
Register here Title: Policy and the Environment: A Glimpse into Minority Representation in Environmental Policy
Register here Title: Intersectional Approach to Green Stormwater Infrastructure Implementation
Register here Title: An Innovative Approach to Conservation and Coastal Resiliency
Zero Hour Youth Climate March July, 21st 2018
Join #ThisIsZeroHour on July 21st, 2018, to rally for statewide, national, and global climate justice! In Washington D.C., youth will march on the National Mall for the demands that are to be delivered to leaders during The Youth Climate Lobby Day. Voices and stories of youth on the frontlines of the climate crisis will be highlighted. Youth will flood the streets as a demonstration of power and show how to act on climate change. To join: RSVP here!
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PLEASE HELP PUSH NYS COMPTROLLER DINAPOLI ON DIVESTMENTDivest NY and our partners are picketing NY State Comptroller DiNapoli at his fundraising rally!!!Let’s protest his resistance to divesting the $6 billion presently invested in fossil fuel stocks in the NYS public pension fund. Let’s let him know that we want divestment now!Please join us!!
When: Thursday, June 28th, 5:15-6:30pmWhere: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn 11216Bring a sign or banner if you can, but mostly, bring yourself and your friends!RSVP on the 350NYC Facebook event page:Or, RSVP email@example.com
Antarctica’s ice sheet is melting 3 times faster than before
A new study suggests a section of glaciers in Antarctica is melting faster than expected.
The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new study.
In the last quarter century, the southern-most continent’s ice sheet – a key indicator of climate change – melted into enough water to cover Texas to a depth of nearly 13 feet (4 meters), scientists calculated. All that water made global oceans rise about three-tenths of an inch (7.6 millimeters).
From 1992 to 2011, Antarctica lost nearly 84 billion tons of ice a year (76 billion metric tons). From 2012 to 2017, the melt rate increased to more than 241 billion tons a year (219 billion metric tons), according to the study Wednesday in the journal Nature .
“I think we should be worried. That doesn’t mean we should be desperate,” said University of California Irvine’s Isabella Velicogna, one of 88 co-authors. “Things are happening. They are happening faster than we expected.”
Part of West Antarctica, where most of the melting occurred, “is in a state of collapse,” said co-author Ian Joughin of the University of Washington.
The study is the second of assessments planned every several years by a team of scientists working with NASA and the European Space Agency. Their mission is to produce the most comprehensive look at what’s happening to the world’s vulnerable ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland.
Outside experts praised the work as authoritative.
Unlike single-measurement studies, this team looks at ice loss in 24 different ways using 10 to 15 satellites, as well as ground and air measurements and computer simulations, said lead author Andrew Shepherd of the University of Leeds in England.
It’s possible that Antarctica alone can add about half a foot (16 centimeters) to sea level rise by the end of the century, Shepherd said. Seas also rise from melting land glaciers elsewhere, Greenland’s dwindling ice sheet and the fact that warmer water expands.
“Under natural conditions we don’t expect the ice sheet to lose ice at all,” Shepherd said. “There are no other plausible signals to be driving this other than climate change.”
Shepherd cautioned that this is not a formal study that determines human fingerprints on climate events.
Forces “that are driving these changes are not going to get any better in a warming climate,” said University of Colorado ice scientist Waleed Abdalati, a former NASA chief scientist who wasn’t part of the study team.
In Antarctica, it’s mostly warmer water causing the melt. The water nibbles at the floating edges of ice sheets from below. Warming of the southern ocean is connected to shifting winds, which are connected to global warming from the burning of coal, oil and natural gas, Shepherd said.
More than 70 percent of the recent melt is in West Antarctica.
The latest figures show East Antarctica is losing relatively little ice a year – about 31 tons (28 metric tons) – since 2012. It was gaining ice before 2012.
So far scientists are not comfortable saying the trend in East Antarctica will continue. It is likely natural variability, not climate change, and East Antarctica is probably going to be stable for a couple decades, said study co-author Joughin.
Another study in Nature on Wednesday found that East Antarctic ice sheet didn’t retreat significantly 2 million to 5 million years ago when heat-trapping carbon dioxide levels were similar to what they are now.
Twila Moon, a research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center who wasn’t part of the studies, said “ice-speaking, the situation is dire.”
Picket Cuomo – Off Fossil Fuels!
Monday, June 18
5:30 – 7:00 pm
The Plaza Hotel
Governor Cuomo is holding a fundraiser in Manhattan — and we’ll be there, urging him to move New York off fossil fuels.
The fundraiser’s theme is the “Best of Broadway,” but we’ll be singing a different tune, demanding that Cuomo halt oil & gas projects and shift to 100 percent renewable energy.
We’ll be calling on Cuomo to walk the talk and be a true climate leader by stopping all fossil fuel pipelines, power plants, and other infrastructure and transitioning to renewable energy now!
Co-sponsoring organizations include: New York Communities for Change, Rise and Resist, Sane Energy Project, Food & Water Watch, 350Brooklyn, 350NYC, NY Renews, New York Energy Democracy Alliance, Mothers Out Front – NYC, Fossil Free – NYC, United for Action, Peoples Climate Movement – New York, Fossil Free
“China put 680,000 electric vehicles on the road last year, and plans to be doing 2 million a year by 2020. These EVs will increasingly be fueled by renewable energy, reducing Chinese dependence on Saudi Arabia and Iran.
The turn to wind and solar is thus not only about the environment (though the Chinese government was increasingly facing urban protests if it did not clean up the air and switch from coal). It is also about energy security and the forging of new industries in which China can show its technological innovation chops. It can leverage its huge size and huge economy to become an invulnerable leader on energy and transportation, permanently replacing Detroit and ExxonMobil.
Trump’s America, in contrast, is wallowing in a 20th century hydrocarbon past, fast becoming a polluted, economic and technological dinosaur whose Department of Environmental Protection has been highjacked by a corrupt Oklahoma oilman for the purpose of running the country into the ground while Big Oil wrings every last penny from its pitiful stranded asset.”
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The NYC climate action sponsored by Peoples Climate Movement will be on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 5:30 starting at Foley Square. Why is NYC having our climate action 2 days before the rest of the world? The thinking is: Sept 8 (the main global day of climate action) is the date of the NYC Labor Day Parade (the NYC Central Labor Council has ceded the actual Labor Day to the West Indian Day Parade and has, for many years now, had its Labor Day Parade on the following Saturday–this year it’s Sept 8) and it is a 4-day weekend for public schools and CUNY due to Rosh Hashsanah on Sept 10 & 11. So that weekend is really not feasible for a mass action. But a warm Thursday night, right after the start of school might be a welcome time for a climate action. So please save the date.
Did you know that 70% of NYC’s massive climate pollution comes from oil and gas energy used to power buildings? Yes, much of that pollution is the result of wasted energy. For example, that moment during the winter when your apartment gets so hot that you have to open the windows to let the heat out.
Requiring all large buildings in NYC to upgrade to modern energy efficiency standards would create many thousands of good jobs and slash climate and air pollution. Let’s make it happen!
Climate change is already hitting us with storms like Sandy and Maria, heat waves, and air pollution. Our communities need good jobs and clean air. By getting New York City to require #DirtyBuildings to upgrade to high energy efficiency, NYC can take on its top source of climate and air pollution while creating thousands of good jobs.
Of course, the super-powerful real estate industry and their lobbyists aren’t trying to make this easy! They oppose legislation that would require #DirtyBuildings like Trump Tower (a high polluter) to clean up their acts.
That’s why we need activists and community leaders like you to sign this letter for New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who has supported such legislation in the past. We need Speaker Johnson and the Council to pass legislation now!
With your help, we can fight climate change and create good jobs.
Thanks for all you do,
New York Communities for Change
638 east 6th Street NYNY 10009
Join us at the 2018 EcoCinema Cafe Marathon Film Festival
5th Annual EcoCinema Cafe Film Festival Website
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W. 59th St, NY, NY 10019
Tues, April 24 through Thurs, April 26, 2018
Daytime films are in the Student Dining Hall
Free and open to the public