Monthly Archives: September 2015

Action Update #25

Dear Friend of the Earth,

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 approximately 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

The boreal forests, a range of coniferous trees found in the northernmost regions of North America, Scandinavia, and Russia, are in serious peril due to the rising temperatures. These forests are the largest source of unfrozen fresh water in the world and constitute nearly a third of the planet’s entire forest area. Elevated temperatures place the boreal forests at greater risk of wildfires, insect infestation, and disease. Scientists warn that these forests could reach a “tipping point” within the next century.

Electoral Action

The deadline to change your party affiliation before next year’s presidential primary is fast approaching. To qualify to vote in the primaries, you must submit a new application before October 9th, 2015 AND cast a ballot in the November 3rd, 2015 general election. (It’s a bit convoluted, we know.) Download a voter registration form on the New York State website.

To find out more about where the presidential candidates stand on climate change and the environment, NPR has put together this helpful chart.

Lifestyle Action

During the month of October, Color Brighton Green will be sponsoring Curb Your Carbon Month. Participants are encouraged to make choices that will reduce their carbon footprint. Possible actions might include taking the bus or riding your bike, patronizing the local farmer’s market, composting food scraps, or unplugging chargers and appliances when not in use. Show your commitment to green living by registering for Curb Your Carbon Month. Keep a tally of your energy-friendly choices, as prizes will be awarded to the top carbon cutters.

Ten-Minute Action

Last week 11 Republicans in the House of Representatives introduced a resolution calling for immediate climate action. The resolution (known as the “Gibson resolution”) offers an unprecedented opportunity to build bipartisan support for climate-related issues. If your local representative is a Republican, please urge them to co-sponsor the Gibson resolution.

  • Call John Katko (NY-24) at (202) 225-3701 or email him here.
  • Call Tom Reed (NY-23) at (202) 225-3161 or email him here.
  • Call Chris Collins (NY-27) at (202) 225-5265 or email him here.

Tweet your support for Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-19) and his co-sponsors. Use the hashtag #climate!

Spiritual Action

This is a quick reminder that the Moral March for Climate Justice will take place on Thursday, September 24th at 4:30 PM at the Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, New York 14604).

Spread the Word

  1. 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.
  2. Visit our website and use the share buttons to post this newsletter on Facebook and other social media sites.
  3. 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@gmail.com.
  4. 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

“Henry Ford said, ‘Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.’ At some point, I realized that I couldn’t: my personal commitments to clean energy and energy efficiency could not change societal norms and global systems. That’s when I got involved with Mothers Out Front and Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Working together, we can — and we must. A belief in the power of collective action, a theology of radical interdependence, and love of deepening relationships keeps me joyful in my efforts on behalf of our climate.” – Jan Gartner (Weinstein), Pittsford mother of 3 young adults

This message was written by Abigail McHugh-Grifa and Ravi Mangla for Rochester ClimateAction, a member organization of the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition. These newsletters are archived on the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition website, where you will also find a local climate events calendar and information about the 45+ organizations that make up the coalition. We welcome your feedback on our work. Please send comments, questions, suggestions, etc. to rochesterclimateaction@gmail.com.

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Action Update #24

Dear Friend of the Earth,

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 approximately 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

The number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has increased by 80% over the past four decades. Although frequency and intensity fluctuate from basin to basin, the increase corresponds with rising sea surface temperatures. The North Pacific, Southwest Pacific, and Indian Ocean have been affected most acutely by this upward trend. Category 4 and 5 hurricanes now account for more than 1/3 of all hurricanes.

Electoral Action

The Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC) and the League of Women Voters are cosponsoring a candidate forum on clean energy and green jobs. The forum will provide a platform for Monroe County candidates to expand on their vision for a sustainable future. Dr. Susan Spencer, founder of ROCSPOT, will moderate the event. This may be the only opportunity to hear where local candidates stand on key environmental issues affecting our region.

  • What: Building an Economy for Climate Stability – Candidate Forum 2015
  • Where: The Harley School, 1981 Clover Street, Rochester, NY 14618
  • When: Wednesday, September 16, 7 – 9 P.M.
  • For more info, visit the Rochester Climate Action website.

The candidate forum is free and open to the public. It is important that many people attend to demonstrate to the candidates and media that Monroe County residents care about climate change. Even if you just zone out in the back row, your physical presence will encourage our local leaders to act on the climate!

And if you have a minute to spare between now and the forum, please reach out to one or more candidates to let them know you want them to attend. We’d especially like to encourage Cheryl Dinolfo, candidate for Monroe County Executive, to share her views on climate, since this is an important local race and both her opponents will be at the forum. Send her a note through her website. You’ll find contact info for other Monroe County Legislature candidates–most importantly the candidate(s) in your district–here.

Educational Action

A seminar on the health effects of shale gas development (better known as “fracking”) will be held at the Center for Energy & Environment at the University of Rochester. Elaine Hill, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Services, will discuss the latest research on air and groundwater contamination and whether it poses a significant threat to our health. The talk will be followed by a reception with snacks and light refreshments.

  • What: Health Consequences of Shale Gas Development: What Do We Know?
  • Where: Goergen 109, Center for Energy & Environment, University of Rochester
  • When: Tuesday, September 15, 5:00 P.M.

Spiritual Climate Action

On September 24th thousands of people across the country will be marching in a show of solidarity with Pope Francis as he addresses Congress on the need for immediate climate action. The Rochester march will begin at the Liberty Pole and include speeches and prayers from local leaders. Stand with us and make your voice heard.

  • What: Moral March for Climate Justice
  • Where: 1 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, New York 14604
  • When: Thursday, September 24, 4:30 P.M.
  • For more info, or to RSVP, visit the Action Network website.

The environment is a common patrimony of all humanity and is everyone’s responsibility.” – Pope Francis

Spread the Word

  1. 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.
  2. Visit our website and use the share buttons to post this newsletter on Facebook and other social media sites.
  3. 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@gmail.com.
  4. 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

“When I was in my thirties, I learned to scuba dive and jetted around the world marveling at the miracles that are coral reefs. The ocean seemed infinite. Now my daughter is 20 and thought of being a marine biologist. I am gob-smacked by the fact that half the world’s coral reefs have died in my adult life. This should be a thing that changes in geological time, not the time it takes me to get wrinkles. I feel very urgently that we must undo the wasteful life style I have lived with my peers and recreate the economy in a way that will let my daughter and her children flourish in this miraculous world we inherited. I think we all want that and if we work together, we can make it happen. The options are there, it’s a matter of the choices we make.” – Barbara Grosh (freelance human being, writer, mother, life-long learner)

This message was written by Abigail McHugh-Grifa and Ravi Mangla for Rochester Climate Action, a member organization of the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition. These newsletters are archived on the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition website, where you will also find a local climate events calendar and information about the 45+ organizations that make up the coalition. We welcome your feedback on our work. Please send comments, questions, suggestions, etc. to rochesterclimateaction@gmail.com.

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, just notify the person who sent it to you.

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