Aug 08, 2018
Dozens of young New Yorkers on Wednesday are occupying the Manhattan office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo to demand he reject fossil fuel money.
"We're here fighting for the people that we love and the places we call home," said one of the activists with the Sunrise Movement, the youth-led group behind the action.
\u201cInstead of refusing fossil fuel money, @NYGovCuomo is arresting his constituents. 4 more people have been arrested. Watch our livestream here: https://t.co/a7LGxRG7se\u201d— Sunrise Movement NYC \ud83c\udf05 (@Sunrise Movement NYC \ud83c\udf05) 1533744055
\u201c"We're here fighting for the people that we love and the places we call home." We are #youngandvoting Watch our livestream here: https://t.co/a7LGxRG7se\u201d— Sunrise Movement NYC \ud83c\udf05 (@Sunrise Movement NYC \ud83c\udf05) 1533739671
\u201cYoung people are standing up and fighting. @NYGovCuomo, our futures are under attack. You cannot claim to care about our future if you take money from the billionaires who are destroying our chance at one. #NoFossilFuelMoney\u201d— Sunrise Movement NYC \ud83c\udf05 (@Sunrise Movement NYC \ud83c\udf05) 1533742705
\u201cBREAKING: Dozens of New Yorkers occupy @NYGovCuomo's office to demand he stand with youth on climate justice by signing the #NoFossilFuelMoney Pledge. \n\nThis is his last chance to stand with us or we will replace him with someone who will. #HeatWeek\u201d— Sunrise Movement \ud83c\udf05 (@Sunrise Movement \ud83c\udf05) 1533740533
Specifically, the group is asking Cuomo to sign the "No Fossil Fuel Money" pledge, a vow to "not take contributions from the oil, gas, and coal industry and instead prioritize the health of our families, climate, and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits."
The New York sit-in is part of the Sunrise Movement's Heat Week campaign--a slate of actions aimed at confronting "Big Oil's corruption of our democracy."
"We'll send a message loud and clear" to politicians, says a call-to-action, "take a stand and drop Big Oil, or we'll replace you with someone who will."
The message was also sent to California Gov. Jerry Brown, whose office was the target of a 7-hour sit-in by nearly three dozen people on Tuesday.
Referring to wildfires raging in the state, Bill McKibben hailed the action as "an effort to make sure this isn't our permanent future."
\u201cWe are young people of California, & United States & the world. We are demanding that you, @JerryBrownGov, set a precedent for leaders worldwide by announcing a plan to move California off fossil fuels before you host the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco this Sept.\u201d— Zo\u00eb Cina-Sklar (@Zo\u00eb Cina-Sklar) 1533669607
Sunrise Movement organizer Morissa Zuckerman said in a tweet: "real climate leaders don't accept millions of $$ from fossil fuel CEOs. They don't approve 20,000 new oil and gas wells. They don't allow CA to be the 6th largest oil producing state. This is #BrownsLastChance to act."
Urging him to seize that last chance, organizers were also pointing constituents to a letter to Brown, which declares, "The stakes of your choice could not be higher. We don't have to imagine a world ravaged by climate change. It's here."
The letter also urges the governor to "set a precedent for leaders worldwide by announcing a plan to move California off fossil fuels before you host the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco this September."
\u201cShout out to the young people of @sunrisemvmt who are using their voices & bodies this #HeatWeek to expose the influence of oil & gas money on our democracy. Our politicians must listen & take action! #NoFossilFuelMoney\n#ActOnClimate #FossilFuelFree #ClimateJustice\u201d— Think 100% (@Think 100%) 1533700598
Other lawmakers can expect to feel the heat too--the actions continue through Aug. 11.
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