For Immediate Release
MEDIA ADVISORY: "Trump's a Climate Emergency, Cuomo Show Some Urgency"
WASHINGTON - President Trump just approved the Keystone XL pipeline, a dangerous and destructive project that threatens our climate and communities. New Yorkers will unite tonight against Trump’s agenda on the environment, which runs counter to public health, justice, and science. We are calling on Governor Cuomo and other New York elected officials to step up in this moment of crisis, stand up to Trump’s climate denialism, and lead the country with bold action. This rally is organized by NY Renews, a new statewide coalition of 100+ organizations fighting for climate policies grounded in equity and justice for communities and working people.
What: Rally to Save Our Planet from KXL and Trump
Who: Speakers will include representatives from NY Renews, 350.org, Peoples Climate
Movement NY, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, NY Environmental Justice Alliance, Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch
When: March, 24, 2017, 6:00PM
Where: Trump International Hotel & Tower (Corner of Central Park West and West 61st
Event Details:6:00PM: Rally begins outside of Trump International Hotel & Tower
6:15PM: Speakers from climate and environmental justice organizations
6:45PM: March to Governor Cuomo’s office
Eddie Bautista, Executive Director, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, said:
"The Trump administration’s persistent denial of climate change is particularly troubling for the low-income communities and communities of color on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Our communities cannot afford any more delay – Governor Cuomo has the urgent responsibility to take bold action for climate justice, and to lead a just transition to clean, renewable energy for all New Yorkers."
Tina Johnson, Harlem resident and member of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, said:
"Trump's announcement signals that more environmental justice communities will be under threat with every new pipeline that is built. I believe everyone who breathes has a duty to ensure there is clean air. Everyone who relies on water for survival has a duty to ensure there is clean water. A safe climate and environment must outlive every Presidency. It's protection cannot be left to political whims. Members of my community need NY State to step up and lead the country in the fight for climate justice and a sustainable economy."
Rachel Rivera, a Sandy survivor and member of New York Communities for Change, said:
"Trump just announced he will cause more Superstorm Sandy's, deadly heat waves, extreme weather, and rising sea levels flooding New York to boost the profits of his super-rich cronies at Exxon and other corporations. My family still is hurting badly from Sandy. We need Governor Cuomo to stand up to Trump, Pruitt and the Republicans. Governor Cuomo should enact a real response matching the urgency of this emergency, such as by passing the NYS Climate and Community Protection Act. New York can't afford more Superstorm Sandys.”
Alex Beauchamp, Northeast Region Director of Food & Water Watch, said:
“The Trump administration is waging an all-out war against the environment. We can stop him by coming together to resist this dangerous agenda. That will take real leadership from state leaders like Governor Cuomo, who must lead in the fight against climate change by rejecting fracking infrastructure projects and moving New York to 100% renewable energy.”
May Boeve, 350.org, Executive Director, said:
“This decision is far from the final word on Keystone XL. The same communities who defeated this pipeline before are ready to fight again. Trump and his industry-run administration are making a dangerous, expensive mistake bringing back Keystone. This is bigger than one pipeline. Governor Cuomo must step up to break free from fossil fuels, and put New Yorkers ahead of the fossil fuel industry’s greed to build the renewable energy future we need.”
Daniel Sherrell, 26, Campaign Coordinator for NY Renews, said:
"With his recent orders gutting this country's capacity to deal with climate change, it's become clear that Trump is willing to foreclose on the future of my entire generation to line the pockets of his billionaire cronies in Big Oil. His greed, lunacy, and elitist cynicism are almost unfathomable. It's incumbent on Governor Cuomo to step up in this moment of crisis, and show the country what true climate leadership looks like. We're calling on our Governor to be a visionary, and significantly up the ambition of his climate justice agenda, for the sake of the lives and livelihoods of all New Yorkers.”
Shay O’Reilly, Organizing Representative, Beyond Coal Campaign of Sierra Club, said:
"Donald Trump may be from New York, but his actions directly contradict our values of clean air, clean water, good jobs, and a habitable planet for future generations. Along with Governor Cuomo and our senators, New Yorkers are determined to lead the way to a renewable energy economy."
Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, President of NYS Nurses Association, said:
"Retrograde actions by the Trump administration--backtracking on COP 21, deregulating Fossil Fuels, rolling back environmental protections—will lead to many Superstorms like Sandy, more contaminated water like Flint and Hoosick Falls, worsening Asthma and respiratory problems, further poisoning the lungs of our Bronx babies. It is incumbent upon New York State to step up and protect New Yorkers, with legislation such as the Climate and Communities Protection Act, transitioning into 100% renewables with many new good union jobs, while boldly standing forward to save our communities and salvage our future.”
Leslie Cagan, coordinator, Peoples Climate Movement, NY said:
“While we are not surprised by Trump’s latest actions, we are outraged at his administration’s refusal to accept the science. We are so outraged that we will be bringing massive numbers of New Yorkers to the national March for Climate, Jobs and Justice in Washington, DC on April 29th. Climate change is real; fossil fuels are a major cause of climate change; there are alternatives to this crisis. It is time to move this country to renewable energy and NY State can play a leading role in making that happen. It is time for Gov. Cuomo to step up.”