Collaboration Across Borders Salon
December 6, 2017, 6:00pm – December 6, 2017, 9:30pm
The Human Impacts Institute and the German Consulate General in NYC invite you to join us for Collaboration Across Borders, a one-night Human Impacts Salon with live performance explore how we are working together in innovative ways to take climate action. With original climate-inspired works performed by Lemon Guo, Angel Nafis, and Lyla June Johnston and invited guests including: Mrs. Ségolène Royal, French politician and Ambassador for the North and South Poles Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program Lyla June Johnston, Fellow with the Original Caretakers Initiative and Co-Founder of The Taos Peace and Reconciliation Council Anton Hufnagl, First Secretary of Climate, Environmental and Urban Affairs for the German Embassy to the U.S. Karenna Gore, Director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University Bryna Lipper, Chief Resilience Advisor and Senior VP, 100 Resilient Cities pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation Donnel Baird, Founder of BlocPower Representative of the City of New York.
Stay for drinks and small bites, while networking with our diverse audience of policymakers, activists, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit leaders. And get inspired with our first NYC showing of the Human Impacts Institute’s Impact Stories exhibit of Bridging the Divide–stories from across the U.S. and Germany of inspiring individuals who are world’s apart on the map, but are neighbors in action on how they take on climate change. Human Impacts NYC is a celebration of innovation and collaboration for Climate Diplo Day 2017 and part of our Human Impacts Salon series. Our 2017 partners include: Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in NYC Consulate General of France in NYC Consulate General of the Netherlands in NYC EU Permanent Mission to the United Nations Center for Earth Ethics At the Human Impacts Institute, we inspire YOU to transform environmental challenges into social action through hands-on education, creative communication, and coalition building.
Come Hear What Our Local Officials Have to Say About Responsibly Decommissioning Indian Point
Indian Point Task Force Meeting
A Town of Cortlandt Community Unity Indian Point Task Force meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2017, at 7 pm in the main meeting room at Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY..
The meeting will be chaired by Town of Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi, Hendrick Hudson Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter, and Buchanan Mayor Theresa Knickerbocker. Responsible decommissioning of the Indian Point nuclear plant is a high priority for all of our local officials..
The meeting is opened to the public to observe..
When: Thursday, November 16, 2017, at 7 pm
Where: Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
|BEACON – Hudson River Sloop Clearwater will honor former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck at the organization’s Third Annual Spirit of the Hudson gala on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018.
Enck will be given Clearwater’s Spirit of the Hudson Award for her longtime service to the environment at the event, which will take place at The Garrison in Garrison, NY.
Tickets and sponsorship packages for the gala are now on sale at www.clearwater.org.
Come Hear What Our Local Officials and Their Guest Have to Say About Responsibly Decommissioning Indian Point
Indian Point Task Force Meeting
A Town of Cortlandt Community Unity Indian Point Task Force meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 7 pm in the main meeting room at Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY.
The guest speaker will be Jennifer Stromsten who is the Program Director at Institute for Nuclear Host Communities, which was formed shortly after the closure of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, VT, which was also owned by Entergy.
The meeting will be chaired by Town of Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi, Hendrick Hudson Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter, and Buchanan Mayor Theresa Knickerbocker. Responsible decommissioning of the Indian Point nuclear plant is a high priority for all of our local officials.
The meeting is opened to the public to observe.
When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 7 pm
Where: Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY
Come to Beacon, NY on April 2nd for a free screening:
Jon Bowermaster’s “The Hudson, A River at Risk” is a powerful film that includes SEnRG Vice President Courtney Williams. It documents threats to the Hudson and communities along the river including gas pipelines, bomb barges, and the Indian Point nuclear plant. After the screening, Bowermaster will help lead a discussion along with Courtney and others.
Join SEnRG, Food & Water Watch, and the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester for a free film screening of Jon Bowermaster’s “The Hudson, A River at Risk” – a powerful film that includes SEnRG Vice President Courtney Williams – about threats to the Hudson and communities along the river. After the screening, Bowermaster will help lead a discussion on efforts to stop these threats.
Despite a fifty-year-long clean-up, the Hudson River still faces serious threats. The Pilgrim Pipelines would carry fracked petroleum along the river. Bomb trains course the river, and oil barges would be loaded with even more toxic crude.
On March 28, we’ll discuss the campaigns to stop these threats and ways that you can get involved.
Co-sponsoring organizations include Food & Water Watch, Ethical Culture Society of Westchester, Riverkeeper, Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE), WESPAC, ResistSpectra, Safe Energy Rights Group (SEnRG), and Grassroots Environmental Education.
Indian Point Nuke Plant Is Closing – Let’s Do it Right!
March 11, 2017, 1:30 PM
How do you safely store 2,000 tons of radioactive material that is lethal for 240,000 years?
Can a radioactive site be decontaminated so it can be used for commerce and recreation?
How do you monitor and protect material so it doesn’t erupt in a radioactive fire and contaminate the region?
These and related questions will be a focus of a special program looking into the future of Indian Point after it ceases operations and looking back at the lessons learned from the continuing catastrophe at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
The event features Dr. Gordon Edwards, a noted independent scientist, who will speak about the difficulties involved and the planning needed to close a nuclear power plant safely. He will deal with the problems associated with the storage of high level radioactive waste. We are providing a potluck dinner for the Walkers. People are encouraged to bring food to share. Members of the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition will provide an update on the closure agreement and we will delve into the presentation by Dr. Edwards. Please join us. All are welcome.
What: Indian Point Decommissioned: Fukushima Remembered
Who: Dr. Gordon Edwards, renowned independent expert on Decommissioning and Storage of High Level Radioactive Waste.
When: 1:30 PM Saturday, March 11, the 6th anniversary of the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima
Where: Peekskill Presbyterian Church, 705 Park Street, Peekskill, NY
Contacts: Marilyn Elie 914-954-6739, Gary Shaw 914-400-4335 For more information visit closeindianpoint.wordpress.com
It’s not just what we’re against – this is one of the things we’re FOR:
Please join us for this free workshop to learn more about this exciting limited-time opportunity to install solar energy on your home for less!
The Solarize program benefits include:
• Significant solar discounts which increase in size as more people sign up.
• Lower monthly utility bills.
• Pre-selected, competitively chosen solar contractors for Peekskill.
• Immediate reduction in monthly energy costs with no money out-of-pocket for those who qualify.
Would you like information in advance of the workshop, or would you like to find out if your home or commercial property is a good candidate? Visit us at SolarizeWestchester.com/
Join SEnRG and StopSpectra to Deliver Petition Signatures
We are delivering 44,000 Petition Signatures to Governor Cuomo’s NYC Office to Stop the Spectra Pipeline
Recently Spectra’s Atlantic Bridge project, the second phase of their illegally segmented Algonquin pipeline expansion, was prematurely approved by FERC. Now New York State is considering issuing a water quality permit for the project which would enable construction to go forward. Spectra is pressing for the approval as soon as possible so they can begin to cut trees before April 1st and begin construction. New York State should not be approving water permits for a project that is linked to significant risk of nuclear disaster impacting 20 million New Yorkers and that will contaminate our waterways and wetlands, ensure more air pollution, and destroy our health and climate.
Governor Cuomo and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation have called for a risk assessment of the Spectra Algonquin pipeline expansion. No water permit should be issued before this assessment is completed and thoroughly reviewed!
Come be part of history as we deliver these signatures to Governor Cuomo!
Join SEnRG President & Veep on March 6th in Peekskill
What to do if you want to save the environment without freezing to death! (or going bankrupt)
Come learn about alternatives that won’t leave you at the whims of the electric company!
Join us at a free, open-to-the-public workshop to learn
about the benefits of renewable-ready space heating and the policies that will transition New York to air-source and ground-source (geothermal) heat pumps.
Presenters will include Arjun Makhijani, Ph.D., Project Scientist at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) and author of a new study on New York’s space heating sector, and NYS activists and organizers who will launch a campaign to transition space heating to renewable-ready technologies.
Organized by Alliance for a Green Economy, New Yorkers for Clean Power, ResistSpectra, Sane Energy Project, and the Safe Energy Rights Group (SEnRG).
201 S Division St, Peekskill, New York 10566
Valentine’s Day Concert for the Pipeline Resistance
Join us for this Valentine’s Day benefit concert is to help raise funds, spread awareness, and celebrate the love between activists, artists, and citizens uniting to oppose the gas and oil companies putting our planet and people at risk for profit!
Show starts at 8pm!
Short Film screening about the Heroes of Peekskill
Raffle/Auction for the cause
…and lots of dancing!
$15 advance tickets (e-ticket through Brown Paper Tickets www.fueledbylove.bpt.me)
$20 door (RSVP or email Fueledbylove14@gmail.com for venue address
By Anna Young
Environmental activists gathered Saturday afternoon in Peekskill to raise awareness, offer indigenous prayer and call for strength, solidarity and compassion for the planet as concerns rise over the Spectra pipeline construction.
Healing and Protecting Our Land Together: A Call to Prayer, a local group of environmental activists, held an interfaith vigil at the Riverfront Green where roughly 30 attendees held signs such as “Honor mother earth, stop polluting fossil fuel,” and formed a circle to pray for climate justice.
Sister Bette Ann Jaster, a Dominican Sister of Hope, led the vigil requesting attendees to breathe the air and to appreciate the sky, trees and ground below them. She then led the group in a rendition of “This Land Is Your Land” where revised lyrics expressed the importance of climate justice.
“We’re coming to learn that Earth is a living organism worth relating to as a teacher, mentor and healer, it’s not just an object to be treated and abused but a safe subject worth relating to,” Jaster said during the rally. “We do this to draw attention to the natural world around us and to invite ourselves to reflect on it and pay attention and leave here awake and aware of what we can offer back in mutuality.”
After President Donald Trump signed a January 24 executive order advancing construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline, members of the group became motivated to take preventative action to slow construction before any damage is done to the environment.
“We focus on prayer and nonviolent direct action, which seems to be the only thing left in order to raise awareness and get the attention of our elected officials who seem deaf,” said Croton-on-Hudson resident Paola Dalle Carbonare, founder of Healing and Protecting.
Since 2015, Healing and Protecting has worked with Resist Spectra, a group of advocates dedicated to stopping Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (AIM) by holding vigils throughout Westchester.
Vigils have also been held outside the home of Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New Castle with the hope he will instruct the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to deny Spectra Energy’s request for water quality permits for the second part of their 42-inch pipeline expansion called Atlantic Bridge.
“It’s our job as citizens to stop this construction because of the irreparable damage the construction will have to the wetlands and the water in New York,” said Courtney Williams, a Peekskill resident, [SEnRG Vice President,] and Resist Spectra coordinator. “We can all stand together and stop these types of projects.”
Garrison resident Paula Clair expressed her concern with the pipeline located next to Indian Point, contending that it will damages people’s homes and lives.
Alexia Weilder of Manhattan added that if changes aren’t made people are going to suffer the consequences. Westchester Resident Vitalah Simon agreed stating, people will die if preservation of air and water quality isn’t a priority.
“I believe in the power of prayer and the power of people together, so I think when people pray and get together miracles are possible,” Dalle Carbonare said. “We’re calling for a miracle; a miracle hasn’t happened yet but we’re still hoping.”
More Fun & Fundraising!
Join us on Friday, February 10, 7pm at the Sixth Street Community Center 638 East 6th Street (between Aves B and C in the East Village) Suggested donation $20
(If you can’t make it, please support us at https://gogetfunding.com/
We’ve got our own high energy right here in NYC, in the form of two marvelous performers who are also our fractivist heroes – and friends:
At every performance Fred Gillen Jr. opens his heart and pours out the compelling tales of the marginalized and forgotten. His songs have often been described as both painfully intimate and universal … His live performances are spontaneous celebrations of all that it is to be human, he encourages participation, and he works hard to eliminate the “fourth wall” between performer and audience …. Gillen’s version of Woody Guthrie’s song I Ain’t Got No Home was featured on the Appleseed Records CD Pete Remembers Woody, a recording of Pete Seeger telling stories about Woody.
Lisa Gutkin is best known as the Grammy award winning violinist, singer and songwriter of the Klezmatics, and as co-founder of Whirligig, the “downtown” celtic band. She played in Sting’s “The Last Ship,” had a cameo appearance in “Sex and the City,” and is a MacDowell Fellow. Lisa appears on hundreds of recordings including “From Here On In,” a CD of her original songs produced by John Lissauer, and an instructional DVD called “Play Klezmer Fiddle!” She has co-authored songs with Woody Guthrie, Anne Sexton, and Maggie Dubris, and composed for symphony orchestra, dance, and film. And now she is about to play the role of Nellie Friedman, a musician, in “INDECENT,” a new Broadway play for which she co-composed the music!
Sierra Club Fundraiser to Benefit SEnRG!
Harvest Square Dance and Fundraiser!
Come to the third annual Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group Harvest Square Dance fundraiser! This year the festivities will benefit both the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group and SEnRG, the Safe Energy Rights Group fighting natural gas pipelines. Past events, with both square and line dancing, showed we can put a lot of fun into a fundraiser!
Caller is Pat Cannon, a pro who knows how to guide even dancers with two left feet!
The event will be held at Faraway Farm Alpacas in Yorktown, and we get to meet alpacas! Faraway is donating 10% of proceeds from sales during the event to the benefit pot.
A VIGIL FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE
July 10, 2016, 6:30pm
LET’S STOP SPECTRA’s AIM project, the CPV Power Plant, CLOSE INDIAN POINT and move forward with THE 2030 PLAN for a fossil-fuel free New York
WE GATHER AGAIN IN PRAYER TO SUPPORT GOV. CUOMO ON HIS JOURNEY TO FIND THE COURAGE TO HALT THE HARM TO PEOPLE AND THE PLANET This is a peaceful event, bring a favorite poem or prayer, your musical instrument, a song to share, an appropriate message/sign or… just yourself and your best intentions!
We’ll start gathering at 6:15pm at the parking lot of the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco and respectfully process to 4 Bittersweet Ln. for the vigil at 6:30pm – Rain or Shine
SEnRG to be Honored by Walkabout Clearwater
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THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
The release is now open exclusively on iTunes and is available in more than 80 countries.
Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.
Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.
Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.
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