People's Climate March
September 21 - we rocked it.
In one of the largest efforts in the history of the environmental movement, a broad coalition of environmental, religious, civic rights, and labor organizations came together to create the People's Climate March. Over 410,000 people marched in NYC on September 21 in the People's Climate March to coincide with the UN Climate Summit to be held on September 23.
Thank you to all who helped plan, get our buses/trains/cars filled and for the many who marched! For a list of media coverage, see here.
Take Action! Comment on the EPA's Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting comments until December 1, 2014 on its proposed Clean Power Plan. The proposed Clean Power Plan will cut carbon emissions from the power sector. Comments can be submitted on the EPA's website. Click here to learn more!
The Tar Sand Fight Comes Home to NY
The extraction of Canadian tar sands and North Dakotan Shale oil has sparked a firestorm of international protest over the threat that this emerging source of crude oil could present to the earth's destabilizing climate. The Keystone XL pipeline - the fuse by which this climate "bomb" would be lit - has to date been blocked by the Obama administration, largely out of acknowledgement for the catastrophic environmental risks. But while the focus has been on stopping pipelines, oil companies have been looking to the railways to transport this dirty fuel from the North American heartland to its coastal refineries thousands of miles away. New Yorkers are now just waking up the fact that hundreds upon hundreds of crude oil rail cars rumble from Buffalo and the upper reaches of Lake Champlain to Albany every day along some of New York's most important waterways and city centers. This "pipeline-on-rails" has never received an environmental review, yet represents dangers of apocalyptic proportions. Take action today and tell the DEC to conduct a full EIS! (Updated November 30th comment deadline!)
Renewable Energy Toolkit
The Atlantic Chapter is dedicated to promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency throughout New York.
- Our Chapter's policy on Renewable Energy details our goals for NYS (read here).
- Find our Renewable Energy Brochure here (pdf).
- Send a letter to your elected officials, urging them to promote renewable energy and efficiency in their own newsletters (sample letter).
For more on Renewable Energy, click here.
Petition for Mandatory GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) Labeling in NYS
Foods produced from or containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may contain new substances or have purposeful or inadvertent compositional changes and have the potential to cause a variety of health problems. Sadly, consumers are not informed which products contain GMOs and therefore cannot make an informed decision about their consumption of GMOs. Sign the Petition today!More info on GMOs in our food system