Tuesday, November 24, 2015

COMMUNITY GATHERING: WNY Campaign for Climate Justice

Sending Our Voices to the U.N. Climate Conference in Paris

In preparation for the critical United Nations Climate Conference in Paris, the Rise Up For Climate Justice Campaign of WNY sponsored a public rally at Niagara Square in September calling on our elected officials to act in earnest to curb Climate Change:
  • To protect people and all living things on our planet from the worst impacts of climate change, now and into the future, by stoping global warming pollution caused by burning fossil fuels.
  • To ensure a just transition for communities and workers impacted by the shift from fossil fuels to clean energy sources.
Photo by Nathan MacFarlane
Now, as the start of U.N. Climate Conference nears, the Rise Up For Climate Justice Campaign will sponsor a Community Gathering to collect our voices and make them heard by U.S. negotiators in Paris.

Supporters have signed a Climate Justice Pledge. A scroll bearing the names of the pledge signers will be revealed at the Community Gathering and ceremoniously passed on to UB law students who will travel to Paris and present it to an official at the U.N. Climate Conference

Please Join Us at the Community Gathering

Food will be provided along with Music and Ceremony.

Families and children are welcome.

WHEN: Saturday, November 28 at 5:30pm-8:30pm

WHERE: Temple Beth Zion (auditorium), 805 Delaware Ave., Buffalo [Map]

The Community Gathering is Free and Open to the Public.


Come show your support for our student representatives as they prepare to leave for Paris to call on U.S. leaders for bold action on climate change for a just and livable future.

The Community Gathering is registered as a Global Climate Action at 350.0RG. Show your support by adding Your Name Here: act.350.org/event/global-climate-march_attend/11869

QUESTIONS? Contact niagarasierraclub@gmail.com or embodiedcosmology@gmail.com 

On Nov. 30 through Dec. 11, Rise Up For Climate Justice will sponsor a community-wide vigil for the duration of the U.N. Climate Summit.

WHO ARE WE: The Rise Up For Climate Justice campaign comprises diverse groups of Western New Yorkers including people of different faiths, students, people of color, teachers, indigenous people, labor unions, community activists, environmentalists, artists, performers and local politicians. The campaign is open to all people

FORUM: Taking Climate Action - Future of Western NY

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

EVENTS: Rise Up For Climate Justice Campaign of WNY

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Funded in part by grants and donations from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, 
Communication Workers of America, WNYEA, Peace Education Fund, Sierra Club Niagara Group

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Climate Change Theatre Action at Hallwalls - Dec.1

A reading of short plays, poems, and songs on the theme of climate change by some of today's most exciting writers.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 7:00pm-8:30pm
WHERE: Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo

As part of Climate Change Theatre Action and in partnership with Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and Rise Up for Climate Justice, director Matthew Clinton Sekellick presents a semi-staged reading of 18 short plays, poems and songs by national and international playwrights on the subject of climate change. 

This action is in support of the United Nations 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) taking place November 30-December 13, 2015

Ranging from comedy to drama, this diverse group of texts by some of today’s most exciting playwrights presents a global perspective on issues related to climate change, from community gardens to refugees, climate deniers to drought.

Climate Change Theatre Action is a series of worldwide readings and performances intended to bring awareness to, and foster discussion about, climate change during the months of November and December 2015.

It is part of ArtCOP21, Cultural Programme for Paris Climate 2015.


A Time to be Thankful for Family, Friends, Food and More.

The image is Norman Rockwell's painting "Freedom from Want" (1943), which is often referred to as 'The Thanksgiving Picture'. Rockwell inserted a partial self-portrait in the lower right corner.

The painting was inspired by the speech delivered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Congress in his State of the Union address (1941). Roosevelt spoke about Four Freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom from fear, freedom of worship, and freedom from want.

TALK: Climate Change and California's Drinking Water Supply

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Film Screening: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING - The Global Climate Crisis and Solutions

Thursday, November 12, 2015
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library—Auditorium
1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203 [MAP]
(Enter from Clinton St. between Washington St. and Oak St.) 
For more information:
Clarke Gocker, PUSH Buffalo, 716-884-0356
Or the Library, 716-858-8900

Film Trailer

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Justice Dept. Investigation into ExxonMobil requested -- Alleging Climate Science Cover-up

Democrats Request a DOJ Investigation Into ExxonMobil, Alleging Climate Science Cover-up

By Rebecca Leber | New Republic | October 16, 2015

California Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested a Department of Justice investigation into ExxonMobil on Wednesday, writing that the company's behavior "is similar to cigarette companies that repeatedly denied harm from tobacco and spread uncertainty and misleading information to the public." There have always been pronounced parallels between the tobacco and oil industry—both working to undermine regulatory action that could hamper profit—but a federal investigation may mean they share the same fate, as well.

In 1999, the DOJ investigated and eventually sued big tobacco for spreading misleading evidence about the connection between cigarettes and cancer. The companies violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, and faced repercussions for lying to the public about science. Now, Congressmen Ted Lieu and Mark DeSaulnier of California say it could be Exxon's turn.

"We ask that the DOJ similarly investigate ExxonMobil for organizing a sustained deception campaign disputing climate science and failing to disclose truthful information to investors and the public," they wrote, according to a letter provided to the New Republic. "We request the DOJ investigate whether ExxonMobil violated RICO, consumer protection, truth in advertising, public health, shareholder protection, or other laws.

“The apparent tactics employed by Exxon are reminiscent of the actions employed by big tobacco companies to deceive the American people about the known risks of tobacco,” the letter says.

Two investigations undertaken by Los Angeles Times and Inside Climate News show that Exxon scientists accepted the role fossil fuels play in driving global warming in the 1970s and 80s, and briefed corporate executives on the need for “major reductions in fossil fuel combustion.” In the years that followed, executives spearheaded efforts to cast doubt on the science community’s findings to halt action on climate change. Exxon financed the Global Climate Coalition, which worked against climate action in the 1990s before disbanding in 2002. Eight years ago, the company also promised to stop funding climate deniers, yet continues to contribute today to prominent skeptics, including Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe.

And this attitude appears to have seeped into the DNA of Exxon itself. Just this spring, Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson questioned climate change: “What if everything we do, it turns out our models are lousy, and we don’t get the effects we predict?” Tillerson said. “Mankind has this enormous capacity to deal with adversity, and those solutions will present themselves as those challenges become clear.” While other major oil companies have endorsed a global climate deal in Paris at the end of the year to tackle emissions, Exxon has opted out of pushing for climate action.

Activists, including Bill McKibben of 350.org and R.L. Miller of the Climate Hawks Vote PAC, have been pushing for a more formal investigation and prosecution of Exxon.  "In the 28 years I’ve been following the story of global warming, this is the single most outrageous set of new revelations that journalists have uncovered," he posted to Tumblr. On Thursday, McKibben was arrested for protesting at an Exxon station in Burlington, Vermont.

For years, activists and scientists have charged Exxon with taking the world down an irresponsible path, rejecting climate science in favor of increased fossil fuel consumption and profits. Lieu and DeSaulnier believe it's illegal, too.

This article originally appeared in the New Republic.

The Department of Justice Must Investigate ExxonMobil
You can join the call to action by signing a petition to the DOJ here.
350.0rg | Oct. 30, 2015

Leaders of many of the country’s largest environmental groups, civil rights organizations, and indigenous peoples movements issued a joint letter today calling on the Department of Justice to investigate ExxonMobil, after revelations that the company knew about climate change as early as the 1970s, but chose to mislead the public about the crisis in order to maximize their profits from fossil fuels.

The full text of the letter and the list of signatories are here.