Environmental Justice Committee

Updated: February 14, 2019
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PSC is in the house in Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn, for advocacy rally and march on 10/28/17 on the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.
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OVERVIEW OF THE COMMITTEE

hange is a fact. The wider and deeper the understanding of its nature, its causes and its impact, the more effective the PSC can be in crafting an appropriate response.

TeachScience.jpgClearly, in the realm of public policy, responses to climate change raise questions of environmental justice that, directly and indirectly, now and over the long term, affect the CUNY community and the city of which it is a crucial part. We believe that the PSC must work actively within the university and with allies outside to share information and mobilize support for initiatives that place racial and class equity at the center of public responses to the climate crisis. Our particular focus is the CUNY community and its constituency.

Elizabeth Yampierre, one of several community activists speaking at our Nov. 30 Climate Justice Forum.
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The Environmental Justice Working Group will:

  • work with our City University partners to widen and deepen the understanding across the CUNY community of the nature, causes and impact of climate change
  • take a census of faculty who teach climate change-related courses as well as those who administer climate related initiatives centrally and on the campuses;
  • coordinate CUNY-wide discussions of the possibilities for information sharing and collaboration;
  • support CUNY’s clean energy and community solar efforts, and the many campus-based initiatives that elevate environmental justice issues through teaching, activism, and the building of community a
  • work to define a distinctive PSC perspective on what an environmental justice agenda for CUNY should look like;
  • evaluate the most effective ways to collaborate with environmental justice groups outside the university, and particularly our sister unions;
  • hold forums and workshops to facilitate the above.

We believe that these objectives are not only legitimate in themselves for a social movement union, but have the potential to draw additional members to an active role in union life.

CALENDAR:

Environmental Justice Committee Meetings

  • Monday, March 11, 6-8 pm at the PSC

CUNY Campus Events

Beyond CUNY/ NYC, National and Regional Events

February 14 (Thursday) NYC hearing by State Senate focused on the Climate and Community Protection Act. A rally to support the CCPA on steps of City Hall at 9:30 am. Hearing begins at 10:30 am at 250 Broadway, 19th floor. I

February 27 (Wednesday) Divestment Lobby Day in Albany. Activists from around NY State will gather in Albany to hand-deliver to State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli cards and letter urging him to pull public money out of fossil fuels. https://gofossilfree.org/ny/divest-ny-sandy5/ Buses and lunch are free.

March 4 (Monday) PCM-NY citywide organizing meeting at SEIU 1199, 310 West 43rd St. How can we help shape a Green New Deal that’s consistent with our sense of urgency and our commitments to racial/social justice and labor rights as well as moving completely off of fossil fuels and into a 100% renewable energy ecoomy.

March 15 (Friday) Student Strike modeled on recent successes of student strikes in Europe. See #StudentStrike4Climate may be largely tweet driven, but see https://twitter.com/StrikeClimate for information about/promotion of the upcoming strikes.

March 20 (Wednesday) Accountability Forum with elected officials about Green New Deal. 7:00 pm at the Ethical Culture Society, 2 W 64th St. NYC. Learn more about and sign up here: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/fossil-free-new-york-nyc-town-hall

Late March-Early April 2019 Sunrise Green New Deal Tours with major focus on NYC. Stories about it on multiple websites; see for instance: https://popularresistance.org/sunrise-movement-plans-national-tour-to-bu... but Miles Goodrich, Sophia Ptacek, and Ada Statler were all at meeting.

April 13 (Saturday) Earth Day Expo at DC37 with NY City Council Member Costa Constantinides .

April 15 (Monday) The Extinction Rebellion https://xrebellion.org/nyc is planning a week of escalating nonviolent direct actions to force action on climate change.

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