Rise for Climate, Jobs, & Justice

On September 6th and 8th, Mountainkeeper is joining the Peoples Climate Movement and partners from around the world to marshal tens of thousands of people from across the country into the streets to show our elected leaders that we demand action on climate change. Read on for information on events all over New York State.

Eight weeks after these actions, millions more will take those demands to the polls. There we will make Climate, Jobs, and Justice the deciding issues in the mid-term elections and beyond.

In the past year, President Trump has launched unprecedented attacks on our environment, the Clean Power Plan, and the EPA.His administration has deregulated protections for our precious natural resources and trampled on the rights of frontline communities hit hardest by climate change. The good news? Now more than ever, people are ready to take action, hit the streets, and fight back.

Now is the time to engage and mobilize our communities for climate, jobs, and justice. We are calling for a transition to a new 100% clean and renewable energy future that creates millions of family-sustaining jobs, and ensures that racial and economic justice are key to action on climate in every community.

Our communities, our planet, and our future depend on a climate movement that reaches all corners of this country. To change everything, it takes everyone — and with your help we can build a sustainable world for generations to come.

Please join us, spread the word, and pledge to take action on September 8th and beyond.

Sincerely,

Katherine Nadeau, Deputy Director

Actions Around New York State

September 6th:

September 8th:

  • In Elmira, community members will hold a Flotilla with activists in kayaks and canoes on the Chemung River in the morning, followed by a rally at noon calling on Governor Cuomo to move New York to 100% renewable energy and increased energy efficiency, and off of fossil fuels.  
  • In Buffalo, communities will have a rally in a public, but gentrified, historic waterfront to reclaim the people’s rights on the land. There will be activity tables and art installations, including maps of Buffalo’s most disadvantaged communities, performances by local artists, and tabling by organizations tackling climate change/environmental racism related issues and just/equitable renewable energy agencies.
  • In Albany, residents will rally around the three demands prioritized across the state, underscoring the need to stop the Sheridan Hollow fracked gas power plant proposal and divest New York’s state employee retirement fund from fossil fuels. Featured speakers include Judith Enck, former EPA Administrator (Region 2) and a Capital District environmental leader, and the really also will feature art displays. Organizers will highlight the urgent need  to stop plans to build a fracked gas project to power the Capitol, and to transition government buildings in an Albany environmental justice community to use renewable energy.
  • On Long Island, local residents and statewide groups will hold a “Cuomo, Be a Climate Leader” rally on the Long Beach Boardwalk at 11:00 AM. The event will focus on local infrastructure projects like stopping the Caithness power plant and the proposal to place a fracked gas pipeline in the New York Harbor.
  • In Newburgh, Clearwater and local organizations will host a Rise event, promoting climate solutions, fossil fuel divestment, and Earth-saving actions. The informational meeting will feature actor Tim Guinee, Climate Reality Project leader, and a presentation on the proposed year-round, baseload fracked-gas plant at Danskammer. Recent reports revealed Danskammer has deep financial ties to Trump and Wall Street.
  • In Tompkins County, the “No Fracked Gas Cayuga” campaign will host a community forum and rally on September 8 around the proposed repowering of the Cayuga Power Plant, including a discussion of the local and climate impacts of this proposal and next steps in creating concrete actions to engage and protect the Lansing community.

September 13

  • In Westchester County, faith leaders and activists will gather outside the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco, where Governor Cuomo will cast his vote in the primaries, demanding that he halt the gas going to Indian Point, reject all fracking infrastructure, and move our state to 100% renewable energy by 2030.

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