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
  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

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