Wednesday, December 5, 2018

New National Climate Assessment of impacts, costs and risks starkly contrasts with Trump Administration's fossil fuel agenda

But Who will Protect the People of the United States?

Climate Change Puts U.S. Economy and Lives at Risk, and Costs Are Rising, Federal Agencies Warn    
The National Climate Assessment describes increasing heat, fire and flood damage. It's a stark contrast to Trump's energy policies and climate claims. 
Inside Climate News - 11.23.2018: click here

Unable to Bury Climate Report, Trump & Deniers Launch Assault on the Science
Evidence and warnings in the National Climate Assessment are a high-stakes problem for Trump's fossil fuel-friendly agenda, both in politics and in court. 
Inside Climate News - 11.30.2018: click here

Progressive congressional lawmakers seek a 'Green New Deal' to mitigate climate change, protect health and create jobs

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, diverse lawmakers prioritize climate change with 'Green New Deal'
'Our lives are on the line,' says Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez regarding climate change.

NBC News - 11.30.2018: click here
CLIMATE: Sanders plots Green New Deal-style bill
Senate bill would include a transition to 100 percent renewable energy and big investments in clean energy technology and green infrastructure.
E&E News - 12.03.2018: click here

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

CLIMATE CHANGE - Who will Protect the People of the U.S.?

Ocasio-Cortez and progressive Dems' Green New Deal gains traction as Trump shrugs off dire warnings from climate scientists
While President Trump attributes his climate change skepticism to his “very high levels of intelligence,” a growing legion of lawmakers and young activists are taking heed of dire warnings being issued by experts and scientists about the catastrophic consequences of inaction.

Progressives, led by New York City’s own Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are joining forces behind an ambitious plan to wean the U.S. off fossil fuels, boost renewable energy jobs and build a “smart” power grid.

The major push to make climate change a priority when Congress convenes in January got off to a high-profile start weeks ago when Ocasio-Cortez applauded young activists from the environmental advocacy group Sunrise Movement protesting at soon-to-be-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office on Capitol Hill.  

A damning federal government report about the economic and societal impacts of climate change released last week, which Trump openly dismissed, has only emboldened believers steeling for a showdown with mainline Democrats and added weight to their calls for a so-called “Green New Deal.”
NY Daily News - 12.02.2018: To read more, click here

VIDEO:  Solving Our Climate Crisis - A National Town Hall
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, environmental author & founder Bill McKibben, CNN commentator Van Jones, Union of Concerned Scientists Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel and climate activists
Now This - 12.03.2018: To view the video, click here

Monday, November 12, 2018

A CLEAN START - Environmental Advocates of New York

Dear Advocates,

Former President Obama once said, “Elections have consequences.” That statement might be doubly true for the election we just had in New York.

New Yorkers have elected a new majority to the State Senate. In doing so, over a quarter of the Senate chairs will be filled by new members. With these changes comes great opportunity for popular, common-sense environmental legislation to finally see the light of day in the Senate.

You know from your involvement with us that there has been environmental stagnation in Albany. Critical pieces of legislation have been blocked by leaders who refused to step up and protect our environment, strengthen our communities, or improve our health. Bills with broad backing like the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA) and the Environmental Bill of Rights easily passed the Assembly this year with bi-partisan support, only to be buried in the Senate. The CCPA actually had a majority of Senators listed as official co-sponsors.

Where the previous Senate Majority had failed to recognize the importance of having a right to clean air and water or the potential of good jobs in the clean energy economy, we trust the new Senate Majority will take a different path. We expect the new Senate will join the Assembly in being champions of the environment by prioritizing policies that benefit our health, our communities, and our economy. The Climate and Community Protection Act and the Environmental Bill of Rights would both be a good place to start. The incoming Majority Leader, Andrea Stewart-Cousins has championed the climate bill.

Similarly, the change of leadership in the US House of Representatives holds promise for positive action on the environment. It starts with a fundamental flip of ideals—science is important again, climate change is real, and actual oversight of agencies like the EPA is necessary. While there may be scant hope for the House to be joined in their ideals by a federal government that remains hostile to the environment, they should provide a counterbalance to the dirty policies of the Trump administration.

This election does not mean our job is done. We still need to make our case—loudly—but now to more receptive ears. The opportunity to make real environmental progress is much greater today than it was a week ago. Let’s get to work.


Peter M. Iwanowicz
Executive Director
Environmental Advocates of New York

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Environmental Advocates of New York strongly supports these bills:

Climate and Community Protection Act 
A.8270-B (Englebright, et al.)    S.7971-A (Hoylman, et al.)

The impacts of climate change are affecting New York’s economic security, safety, and public health. Poor air quality, which is worsened by climate change, is making our children sick and shortening the lives of seniors. Extreme weather events place people in danger, cost billions in lost production and revenue, and damage or destroy communities.

Environmental Bill of Rights 
A.6279 (Englebright, et al.)     S.5287 (Carlucci, et al.)

This bill establishes in the New York State Constitution a right to clean water, clean air and a healthful environment. It addresses a gap in our legal foundations, and provides an expression of values that other states have already seen fit to establish and to pronounce.

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UPDATE (11.14.2018):
The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) strongly supports the Environmental Bill of Rights legislation

This proposal would amend the State Constitution's Bill of Rights to include a right to clean air and water and a healthful environment. This proposal establishes for New Yorkers the constitutional right to clean air, clean water and a healthy environmental equivalent to other basic rights guaranteed in New York State’s Constitution Article 1 Bill of Rights, such as, the right of freedom of worship and religious liberty, freedom of speech and the press, compensation for taking private property, equal protection of law, and security against unreasonable searches and seizures, among others. The basic human right to clean air and water and a healthful environment has been starkly absent from this list of constitutional protections, but recent threats to our water and air have reminded us that we cannot take for granted that these life sustaining elements will be protected. It is critical that we recognize the basic human rights to clean air and water and a healthful environment and detail these in the Article 1 Bill of Rights. 
Read more here... 

To Download the PDF document at the ADK website, Click Here

For this and other ADK Policy Positions, visit the ADK Website Here

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Open Discussion: Climate and America’s Migration Issues



Thursday, November 15, 2018

Climate and America’s Migration Issues

Climate Change is driving migration throughout the world by demolishing homes, destroying harvests and disrupting local economies.  The UN states that “An annual average of 21.5 million people have been forcibly displaced by weather-related sudden onset hazards – such as floods, storms, wildfires, extreme temperature – each year since 2008”.  At the same time, immigration policy is an issue that is dividing America.  

Join a discussion of this crucial issue!

6:00-7:30 PM - Crane Branch Library - 633 Elmwood at Highland 

2nd Floor Meeting Room
Free and open to the public – writers and non-writers alike for info

Sustainability and Justice: The Need for Water Protectors

Distinguished Lecture by

~ Water Protector ~

Winona LaDuke - Water Protector

November 16, 2:30pm - 4:45pm,
Center for the Arts Screening Room, UB North Campus [Map].

Refreshments, lecture and discussion,
RSVP Here by Nov. 15.

During the Standing Rock actions against the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline, a new term was born - ‘Water Protector’.  This became the preferred way to talk about the residents of the Standing Rock resistance camps; rather than protestor. 

Water Protectors are not radicals that want us to return the middle ages, but futurists that want a clean, healthy environment for their children and the next seven generations.  In these times of climate chaos and political inaction, we must all be Water Protectors.

Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of Indigenous Economics, Food and Energy Policy. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues.

LaDuke lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is the Executive Director of Honor the Earth. She works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, environmental justice and sustainable food systems alongside Indigenous communities.

A presentation in the UB RENEW Distinguished Lecture Series

Public Open House: Outer Harbor Access and Activation Project

Monday, October 22, 2018

Lois Gibbs, Environmental Health & Justice Activist, to Speak in Lockport

                      Photo: James Neiss
Lois Gibbs, the former Niagara Falls resident who led the fight for evacuation of the Love Canal neighborhood plagued by toxic chemical pollution 40 years ago, will return for a speaking engagement and panel discussion.

Gibbs will speak on Saturday, November 3 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport [Map], for a discussion on local environmental issues. She will hold a meet-and-greet at 9 AM, a news conference at 9:30 and a panel discussion at 10 AM.
The event is sponsored by the Niagara County Democratic Committee and is free and open to the public.
Lois Gibbs was critical in the creation of the Superfund, a federal
government program designed to fund the cleanup of toxic wastes. Gibbs is the founder of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice and lives in Virginia.

The discussion panel will include:

  • Lois Gibbs, Exec. Director of the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice
  • Richard Lipsitz, WNY ALF President
  • Russ Quarantello, IBEW 237 Business Manager
  • Diane Lemanski, Babcock Neighborhood Organizer (Clean Air Coalition)
  • Bev Kinney, Grand Island Town Councilwoman
  • Representative for Citizens for Responsible Government  

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Public Meeting: Importance of Transit in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Citizens for Regional Transit

Quarterly Public Meeting

The Importance of Transit for Meeting U.S. Target 
Greenhouse Gas Reductions and 
Ongoing Efforts to Meet Those Targets

Thursday, October 18
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:00)

Central Library
1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo
Central Meeting Room (upstairs)

  • Bonnie Lawrence, Erie County Dept. of Environment & Planning
  • Doug Funke, Citizens for Regional Transit
  • TBD, Representative from the NFTA