Twelve Days of Climate

This is an archived page for a past event, originally held in December 2015

12 Days of Climate: Paris Talks, We Act

Following our November 29th kick-off celebration at Rochester’s March for Global Climate Action, RPCC’s Twelve Days of Climate will span the length of the 21st UN Conference on Climate Change.  Twelve Days of Climate is a series of opportunities for Rochesterians to join the fight against climate change.  Each day highlights a distinct approach to solving the climate crisis, and actions you can take.  See calendar below!

Visit RPCC on Facebook for updates and reminders throughout the 12 Days, and please let your friends and family know about your daily climate actions by posting about them on your Facebook timeline with the hashtag #12daysofclimate.  Lastly, spice up your holidays by adding our theme song to your standard repertoire of carols!

A List of Daily Actions

Day 1, 11/30: MEDIA Day 2, 12/1: NATION Day 3, 12/2: MONEY
Day 4, 12/3: STATE Day 5, 12/4: EDUCATION Day 6, 12/5: HOPE
Day 7, 12/6: FAITH Day 8, 12/7: FOOD Day 9, 12/8: SAFETY
Day 10, 12/9: COMMUNITY Day 11, 12/10: ENERGY Day 12, 12/11: LOVE

The Twelve Days:

MEDIA – Monday, 11/30

Climate change is the crisis of our time, but it doesn’t always make it to the front page.  This is clearly a problem.  On a cheerier note though, we have gotten some great local media coverage of our Nov. 29 march and 12 days of Climate project so far.  See here for complete list.  On this First Day of Climate, we leverage the power of media, to spread the word about local and global climate action.

What you can do:

  1. “Become the Media!”  Share photos and posts from RPCC’s March for Global Climate Action and invite your friends to join in on this 12 Days of Climate project.  Also, don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook to keep up to date with local climate initiatives.
  2. Encourage the media: Drop a quick ‘thank you’ to media outlets who covered RPCC’s March for Global Climate Action, and/or the Paris Talks.  Let them know we appreciate the coverage, and that this is news people want to hear!  Contact any or all of the following:
    • At 13WHAM, anchor Norma Holland (nholland@foxrochester.com)
    • TWC News, reporter Tara Grimes (tara.grimes@twcnews.com)
    • At the D&C, reporter Patti Singer (psinger@democratandchronicle.com) and Executive editor Karen Magnuson (kmagnuso@democratandchronicle.com)
    • At City Newspaper, reporters Jeremy Moule (jmoule@rochester-citynews.com) and Ena Johnson (aejohnson@rochester-citynews.com), and editor Christine Fien (cfien@rochester-citynews.com)
    • At WXXI, Connections host Evan Dawson (edawson@wxxi.org)
    • At News 8 WROC… (contact info coming soon)

(Sponsored by RochesterEnvironment.com)


 

NATION – Tuesday, 12/1

We need climate action at every level of government, but federal level policies are especially important because they affect more people and have the power to influence global politics.  On this Second Day of Climate, we support the work of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to put a price on carbon.

What you can do:

  1. Watch (and share!) this video to get inspired about the work of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGUEw4Jkfh8 
  2. Call your House Rep and let them know you are concerned about climate change and would like federal carbon pricing.  You’ll be adding your voice to thousands of CCL volunteers across the country.  Click here to look-up your rep by zip-code.

(Sponsored by Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Rochester)


 

MONEY – Wednesday, 12/2

Divestment is the opposite of investment.  It means getting rid of stocks, bonds, or investment funds that are unethical or morally ambiguous.  The purpose of divestment is to stigmatize the fossil fuel industry and free up money for reinvestment in “green” businesses.  Examples of past divestment campaigns that succeeded in prompting social change include those waged against the tobacco industry and companies doing business in Darfur and apartheid-era South Africa.  On this Third Day of Climate, we put our money where our mouth is, and ask others to do the same.

What you can do: 

  1. Sign petitions for these state & local divestment campaigns:
  2. Learn about how divestment can benefit you and the planet!
    • What: At this divestment seminar, Bob Bechtold (President of HARBEC) and Joseph A Cappello (CMFC, CTFA Wealth Manager, LPL registered Representative ESL Investment Services) will share their experience with divestment to help you divest your assets quickly, easily, and effectively.
    • When: Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 p.m.
    • Where: The Harley School, 1981 Clover Street

(Sponsored by 350.org – Rochester)


 

STATE – Thursday, 12/3

New York State can and should lead our county toward a sustainable future!  Fortunately activists and elected leaders throughout our state are working to achieve this, but they need your help.  On this Fourth Day of Climate, we support the efforts of activists and elected leaders from around the state who are working to enact legislation to swiftly transition NYS to clean sources of energy.

What you can do:

  1. Call your representatives in the NYS Assembly and Senate to ask that they support the 100% Renewable Now legislation:
  2. Attend RPCC’s NY Statewide Strategy Summit with Mark Dunlea of GELF
    • What: Mark Dunlea, co-leader of NYS’s 100% Renewable Now Campaign, will present a vision for building a statewide strategy and solicit feedback on how to coordinate and develop this movement.  Breakout sessions will be focused on generating concrete next steps.  Community members and organization representatives interested in creating a renewable energy infrastructure by 2030 are strongly encouraged to attend!  Let’s be sure Rochester has a voice!
    • When: Thursday, December 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    • Where: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2000 Highland Ave
    • For more information contact suehughessmith@gmail.com

(Sponsored by RPCC)


 

EDUCATION – Friday, 12/4

Knowledge is power!  To effectively advocate for the planet and its inhabitants, we first need to understand what’s going on.  On this Fifth Day of Climate, we educate ourselves about climate science and solutions.

What you can do:

  1. Learn about the inner workings of the Paris Talks.  Watch this video and share!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slGDJNW-nMo&feature=youtu.be
  2. Attend “Right Here Right Now: What Should we be Doing About Climate Change?”
    • What: Modeled on the the Paris Climate Talks, Grassroots wil be holding a panel discussion to address what our generation should be doing about climate change right now. Panelists will include John Kessler, David Hursh and others to be announced. Talks will conclude with a catered reception.
    • When: Friday, December 4, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Where: University of Rochester, The May Room of Wilson Commons.  Stop by the information booth as you enter campus for a parking pass and directions.
    • For more information, email grassrootsur@gmail.com or visit the Facebook event page

(Sponsored by Grassroots)


 

HOPE – Saturday, 12/5

Today’s children are tomorrow’s stewards of the Earth.  Children are our future and they deserve to inherit a livable planet.  Because young people have the most at stake in this climate crisis, their voices should be heard and they should have the opportunity to engage in meaningful climate action.  On this sixth day of climate, we support youth who are working to protect their inheritance.

What you can do:

  1. Learn about and pledge to support Our Children’s Trust.
  2. Attend (or encourage your students/children/young friends to attend) our Youth Climate Leaders Summit.
    • What: The purpose of this summit is to bring student leaders from area schools together to make connections and discuss ways to take action and collaborate in the face of climate change.  The summit will be led primarily by students, who will present information on the basic science of climate change, impacts of climate change, approaches to climate activism, and examples of youth leadership on climate.  The event is open to all, but 7-12 grade students (and teachers) who are interested in environmental issues and climate activism are especially encouraged to attend.
    • When: Saturday, December 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    • Where: The Harley School, 1981 Clover Street
    • For more information, contact Terry Smith (tsmith@harleyschool.org) or Abigail McHugh-Grifa (abigailmchugh@hotmail.com)

(Sponsored by Rochester Climate Action, Mothers Out Front, and The Harley School)


 

FAITH – Sunday, 12/6

Faith leaders here in Rochester and around the world are calling for action on climate.  Pope Francis is perhaps the most prominent example of this, but did you know that 11 of RPCC’s 56 members are religious organizations?  That’s impressive, but let’s not stop there.  Climate change is a moral issue, so we need every religious and spiritual group to get on board!  On this Seventh Day of Climate, we ask our faith leaders to truly take the lead on fighting climate change.

What you can do:

  1. Contact the leaders of your faith community (priest, rabbi, imam, board members, etc.) and ask them to take Interfaith Power & Light’s Paris Pledge on behalf of your congregation.  By doing so, they commit to significantly reducing your congregation’s carbon pollution.  (And while you’re at it, please ask them to join RPCC as well!)
  2. You can also take the Paris Pledge as an individual.

 

FOOD – Monday, 12/7

Did you know that over 50% percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture (Worldwatch Institute)?  On this Eighth Day of Climate, we reduce our consumption of meat and other animal products to significantly lower our personal carbon footprints.

What you can do:

  1. It’s Meatless Monday, so skip the meat today!  Shake up your diet with a recipe from the Rochester Area Vegan Society
  2. Want to go all in?  Make an early New Year’s Resolution to start the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart.

(Sponsored by the Rochester Area Vegan Society)


 

SAFETY – Tuesday, 12/8

Explosive oil trains travel through Rochester and surrounding suburbs every day – past schools, homes, and through town centers.  They are carrying an extremely combustible type of crude oil that is obtained by fracking the Bakken Shale in North Dakota.  This process and the resulting oil are more toxic and harmful to health, safety, the ecosystem, and the climate than regular crude.  A train derailed and exploded in Quebec in 2013 resulting in 47 deaths and the near-total destruction of the town.  There have been six derailments so far in 2015.  This level of risk is simply unacceptable. On this Ninth Day of Climate, we demand that our leaders keep us safe!

What you can do:

  1. Find out if you live, work, or attend school in or near the blast zone: http://explosive-crude-by-rail.org/.
  2. Sign Mothers Out Front’s Bakken petition.

(Sponsored by Mothers Out Front)


 

COMMUNITY – Wednesday, 12/9

No one can solve the problem of climate change alone.  We need to work together, and we need to act in cooperation with others around the world.  Our success or failure will depend on how well we can find common ground and coordinate our efforts as communities both large and small.  On this Tenth Day of Climate, we find out how things are going at the COP 21 Climate Talks in Paris to connect with the global community.

What you can do: 

Environmental leader Belén Páez of Pachamama Alliance will host a conference call live from Paris, to share news and stories from the Conference of the Parties, COP21. Join this call (either from home or with a local group of concerned citizens) to be inspired by and learn about the international community efforts to bring about real change in protecting our planet.  The call begins at 1 p.m.

  1. Listen from home.  Click here to register for the call online.  (Note: you do not need to be a Pachamama Facilitator to join the call).
  2. Listen with a community of like-minded locals:
    • Where: 506 Panorama Trail, Rochester 14625, home of Sue S.
    • When: Arrive between 12:30-12:45.  Optional discussion will follow the call.
    • RSVP appreciated, but not required.  To RSVP or get more information, contact Sue at suestar1@rochester.rr.com or 585-734-2816.

(Sponsored by the Pachamama Alliance)


 

ENERGY – Thursday, 12/10

Reducing your household’s fossil fuel use does not mean you’ll have to sit around in the dark, shivering under a pile of blankets this winter!  By taking steps to improve your home’s energy efficiency and purchasing energy from renewable sources, you can support the clean energy industry and “be the change you want to see in the world.”  In some cases, it may even reduce your energy costs!  On this Eleventh Day of Climate, we power our homes while protecting the planet.

What you can do:

  1. Switch your energy provider to Ethical Electric through Mothers Out Front’s switch campaign.  Click here to get started.
  2. Attend our Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technology Fair.
    • What: Come talk with experts in the home energy fields.  Learn how to switch your electric supplier to clean energy in partnership with Mothers Out Front.  Discuss energy conservation with Airtight Services.  Explore funding options with Pathstone Corp.  And see a solar PV system installed as part of ROCSPOT‘s Solarize Rochester campaign.  Then decide which option works best for you!
    • When: Thursday, December 10, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
    • Where: 246 Castlebar Road, home of Melissa C.

(Sponsored by Mothers Out Front, Airtight Services, PathStone Corp., and ROCSPOT)


 

LOVE – Friday, 12/11

Love is the energy that will power us toward a truly sustainable future!  On this Twelfth and Final Day of Climate, we consider how we express our love for each other and the planet.

What you can do…

  1. Give Earth-friendly gifts from Metro Justice’s 34th Annual Alternative Fair to show your loved ones how much you care.
    • What: An opportunity to align your consumer power with your values!  This fair features thousands of unique fair-trade, eco-friendly, and locally produced goods.  By purchasing gifts for family and friends at the fair, you support a strong local economy and promote a just and sustainable world.
    • When: Friday, December 11, 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Where: First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Rd
    • For more information visit http://www.metrojustice.org/2015alternativefair
  2. Attend “Call to Care” event and Candlelight Vigil
    • What: The Christ Church youth group is teaming up with members of Rochester’s Pachamama Alliance to present a joint-led symposium that will explore how we can help others in living lives that are socially just, environmentally sustainable, and grounded in faith.  The symposium will be followed by a candlelight vigil on the church’s front lawn, which will serve as the closing ceremony for the entire 12 Days of Climate project.
    • When: Friday, December 11, Symposium from 6:30-9:00 p.m., Vigil at 9:00 p.m.
    • Where: Christ Church, 141 East Ave.

(Sponsored by Metro Justice, First Unitarian Church of Rochester Environmental Task Force, Christ Church, and the Pachamama Alliance)

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