Sign The Pledge To Resist NY InFRACKstructure on April 23rd:
We will have a short prayerful event sprinkled with creative storytelling and march together in Albany, NY together before entering the New York State Capitol Building to demand Governor Cuomo Walks the Talk and moves Off Fossil Fuels NOW.
One year ago, Governor Cuomo announced in his 2017 State of the State that “the State must double down by investing in the fight against dirty fossil fuels and fracked gas from neighboring states.” And in 2014, he outright banned High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing, or fracking, on account of health and environmental impacts.
In 2017, however, we have seen continued expansion in gas pipelines, compressor stations, and power plants. Compressed-gas truck fleets now ply rural roads and explosive oil trains run along residential communities. The state continues to import frack waste from Pennsylvania. Medical associations have documented increased cancer rates, and respiratory problems. Besides pregnant women, children and the elderly are most at risk. Working-class neighborhoods, communities of color, and Indigenous Peoples are disproportionately targeted by fracked gas infrastructure. This contradicts the goals of Environmental Justice, human rights, and stewardship of the earth.
It’s time for the Governor to protect our future. The first step must be to halt all fracked-gas projects statewide. To stem climate change we must work toward a just transition to 100% renewable energy immediately. We must address issues of energy efficiency and storage. And we must do this with courage and expediency.
Sign The Pledge To Resist NY InFRACKstructure on April 23rd:
This event is the rescheduled date from December 18th.
As part of the free monthly trainings Sane Energy offers to build our movement into a strategic, action-oriented community, we welcome our ally Kelly Roache of Solstice to share information on Community Solar, what it is, how it works and what it means for building the renewable world we know is possible.
Attend to learn more about how Long Island offshore wind can be built with community benefits, and how Smithtown residents can get involved.
Hosted By Sane Energy Project, facilitated by Smithtown resident and Sane Core Volunteer Nick Shearman
When: January 24, 7:15pm-8:15pm
Where: The Smithtown Library- Commack Building
3 Indian Head Rd, Commack, NY 11725
For more information, please contact: email@example.com
As part of the free monthly trainings Sane Energy offers to build our movement into a strategic, action-oriented community, we welcome our ally Maya Van Rossum of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network to share her new book and discuss how to take legislative action in our communities.
The Constitutional Change We Need to Protect Our Priceless Natural Resources
For decades, activists have relied on federal and state legislation to fight for a cleaner environment. And for decades, they’ve been fighting a losing battle. The sad truth is, our laws are designed to accommodate pollution rather than prevent it. It’s no wonder people feel powerless when it comes to preserving the quality of their water, air, public parks, and special natural spaces.
But there is a solution, argues veteran environmentalist Maya K. van Rossum: bypass the laws and turn to the ultimate authority — our state and federal constitutions.
In 2013, van Rossum and her team won a watershed legal victory
that not only protected Pennsylvania communities from ruthless
frackers but affirmed the constitutional right of people in the state to a clean and healthy environment. Following this victory, van Rossum inaugurated the Green Amendment movement, dedicated to empowering every American community to mobilize for constitutional change.
Now, with The Green Amendment, van Rossum lays out an inspiring new agenda for environmental advocacy, one that will finally empower people, level the playing field, and provide real hope for communities everywhere. Readers will discover:
- How legislative environmentalism has failed communities
- The transformational difference environmental constitutionalism can make,
- The economic imperative of environmental constitutionalism, and
- How to take action in their communities.
We all have the right to pure water, clean air, and a healthy environment. It’s time to claim that right — for our own sake and that of future generations.
*100% of the proceeds from the sale of The Green Amendment go to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.
Please join us first thing in the morning at 8:30-9:30am to rally in the presence of press as Governor Cuomo’s former top staffer, Joseph Percoco, goes to trial on corruption charges. Then join us to show community power inside the courtroom and join us again at the end of the day for a massive press conference.
Percoco was a senior state official who allegedly conspired with Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) Executive Peter Galbraith Kelly to help secure approvals for the massive 650 MW fracked-gas power plant under construction in Orange County that will lock NYC into fracked-gas dependency for the next 40 years.
Cuomo is also presiding over a crisis of homelessness and lack of affordable housing, helped along by Percoco’s favors to the real estate industry. Additionally, the proposal to develop low-income housing around the completed CPV plant is a clear environmental justice violation, and will not move New York to the promised just transition to a renewable economy.
The CPV power plant, located in Orange County, would burn fracked gas, pollute the air and cause further climate change catastrophes. The Cuomo Administration granted the massive gas plant the permits it needs for construction, now underway, despite its links to the bribery scandal and community protests.
Want to stop fracked gas infrastrucutre and help lead the just transition to 100% renewable energy in New York in 2018? Join Sane Energy Projectfor our monthly volunteer meeting!
If this is your first Sane volunteer meeting please arrive at 6:30pm.
Orientation for new folks will begin at 6:30 and the meeting will start at 6:45.
We'll be going over our campaigns for the year and letting folks know how they can get involved in this important work!
There's a lot of fracked gas infrastrucutre we need to stop this year and some incredible opportunities to influence the building of offshore wind and renewable heat options.
Light refreshments served.
Learn more about how communities can reclaim their power source and get off fossil fuels and onto renewable energy!
We are excited to have Kelly Roache facilitate this workshop and teach us about community Solar and her work at Solstice!
80% of America is locked out of the solar market because they cannot install solar on their roof. Solstice radically expands access to clean energy by providing community-shared solar power to American households. This model enables any resident to enjoy clean energy at no upfront cost and save money on their electric bill every month. Solstice was recently selected for awards from Obvious Ventures, the Dept. of Energy, Echoing Green, and the Global Good Fund, and has been featured by the White House, Forbes, and Fast Company.
About Kelly Roache:
Kelly has years of experience working as a diplomat and activist fighting for human rights and social justice. At the US State Department, she helped achieve a humanitarian evacuation in Syria, advanced the U.S.-India bilateral relationship, and led an Ambassador-level review and overhaul of the goals and objectives of the U.S. Embassy to the UAE. While in graduate school, Kelly pivoted to intersectional social justice activism. As an organizer, Kelly led a campaign to divest Princeton University's endowment from corporations complicit in human rights violations in the Middle East, which won majority support among the student body. She has likewise campaigned for marriage equality and LBGTQIA+ rights in New Jersey. Kelly earned her BA cum laude and an MPA, both from Princeton. She loves traveling, studying foreign languages, reading contemporary fiction and feminist theory, and spending quality time with her little cousins and malshi puppy.
As we witness an increase in hate crimes across the nation, practice how to transition from being a passive bystander to an active upstander. Learn some basic techniques and principles of de-escalating a situation where someone is being harassed based on their gender, race, religion, ability or otherwise.
We are thrilled to have Carol Scott from Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) to facilitate the workshop!
Wheelchair accessible- elevator to 2nd floor
Childcare will be provided.