The purpose of this email is to help busy people in the Greater Rochester Area find opportunities to join the fight against global warming. These emails are distributed twice per month and include 3-4 actions you can take to help stop climate change. Read on to learn how you can quickly and easily do your part to protect the planet.
Quick Climate Fact
According to the American Lung Association, the burning of fossil fuels contributes to four of the five leading causes of death in the United States, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, and lung diseases, while also putting children at risk of asthma and delayed mental development. All these missed work days, hospital visits, and deaths handicap our economy by increasing insurance premiums and contributing to unsustainable growth in health care costs. The National Academy of Sciences reports that the burning of fossil fuels causes $120 billion annually in mostly health-related damages.
30-Second Climate Action
If you have a Facebook account, please “like” the Rochester Solar Power Organization Team (ROCSPOT). Follow this link to find their page: https://www.facebook.com/RochesterSPOT
ROCSPOT is responsible for developing the Rochester Solar Initiative, which has two main objectives: 1) Revitalize manufacturing in Rochester through development of the solar cell industry, and 2) Get solar on the roof of every house in the city by 2025. A Facebook like translates as public interest in their work, which allows them to leverage grant money and meaningful partnerships with government, industry, and other nonprofits. ROCSPOT’s Founder and President, Susan Spencer, is working her butt off (for free!) for the Rochester Community. She deserves whatever support we can give her.
Methane is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities. Current research shows that methane is 86 times more potent as a heat-trapping gas than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. The Obama administration is developing rules to limit methane emissions from new and modified oil and gas wells, but does not plan on limiting methane emissions from existing oil and gas operations. This gaping loophole would allow about 90% of the industry’s methane pollution to continue.
Sign this petition to urge President Obama to strengthen the proposed rule and do everything in his power to cut methane emissions from all sources: https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=14914
Collaborative Climate Action!
In the weeks leading up to the People’s Climate March last September, 30+ local organizations joined together to form the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC) and demand action on climate change. At the time, it was not clear what would become of the RPCC after the march. Following several months of behind-the-scenes work, the RPCC now has a clearly defined mission and corresponding goals, an organizational structure and leadership team, and an ambitious new project underway that provides opportunities for all Coalition members to get involved.
To learn more about what the RPCC is, what we’re working on, and how you can take part, please join us for an open meeting on Thursday, February 5th, from 7:00-9:00pm, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2000 Highland Ave, Rochester 14618. At this meeting, we will answer questions about what coalition membership means for participating organizations and offer opportunities for meaningful engagement. For those who are relatively new to climate activism, attending this meeting will give you a sense of how different organizations in town are working to address climate change, thereby helping you find a group that fits your style. Think of it as a one-stop-shopping opportunity for the budding activist! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and bring your friends along.
Spread the Word
- Forward this email to friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc. Don’t be shy! You never know who might be interested in saving the world. If someone would prefer not to receive these emails from you in the future, they will let you know. When forwarding this message to multiple people, enter their addresses using the blind carbon copy function (bcc) to protect everyone’s privacy.
- Visit RochesterClimateAction.
org, click on “Action Updates,” and use the share buttons to post this newsletter on Facebook and other social media sites.
- Become a Rochester Climate Action “frontline contact.” Frontline contacts receive bimonthly emails directly from us, rather than having to wait for someone else to forward them on. Frontline contacts who distribute the email to their personal contacts are acting as true leaders in the fight against climate change. If you’d like to be a frontline contact, simply send an email saying so to rochesterclimateaction@
- Talk to people about global warming! Tell them why you are concerned and politely suggest that they should be too. Again, don’t be shy. These are important conversations that we should all be having.
Words of Wisdom from a Local Activist
“I fight for climate justice because I love my daughter and feel a sense of moral obligation to make the world a better place for all species inhabiting it.” Dr. Susan Spencer (mother, scientist, climate activist, and Founder and President of ROCSPOT)
This message was written by Abigail McHugh-Grifa on behalf of RochesterClimateAction.org.
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