Climate Can’t Wait 2022

CLIMATE CAN’T WAIT 2022 is a team of over 30 organizations committed to mobilizing support for a comprehensive package of legislative policy proposals to move New York into the new renewable energy future. As our climate deteriorates causing death and destruction to communities across our state, nationally and worldwide, let our legislators know that New York must take rapid and bold action. On January 25, rise up with climate activists to demand that the New York State legislature take bold action on climate. 

Tell Gov. Hochul: Commit to green housing!

Before you unplug for the winter break, please join Renewable Heat Now for two quick actions to keep the pressure on Governor Hochul in advance of her State-of-the-State address on January 5th: 1) Call Governor Hochul at 877-235-6537. We’re asking her to commit to 2 million energy-efficient, all-electric homes by 2030 and a Green Affordable Housing Fund in her State-of-the-State address on January 5th. 2) Sign up to take part in this Twitter action to pressure Governor Hochul. You can participate even if you don’t use Twitter. There is a social media package with guidelines, ideas, and sample tweets to make it easy to participate.

Tell Gov. Hochul & Commissioner Rory Christian to halt the tax on solar

Starting next year, New York State utility companies will be charging new solar customers a Customer Benefit Contribution (CBC) charge. This new charge is effectively a tax on solar installations in New York. What is the CBC Charge? Rochester Gas & Electric, and LIPA will be applying a Customer Benefit Contribution (CBC) charge to the electric bills of solar owners whose systems were interconnected on or after this date. We expect this “solar tax” to cost New York solar owners $7-$10 per month. Where did this solar tax come from? Last year, NY State utility companies announced it would be making changes to its current Net Metering program. Some states have begun to do the same in order to address cost shifting. Utility companies claim that they need to charge their non-solar customers more money in order to make up for the revenue they lose from the Net Metering of clean energy.

Hold Gov. Hochul accountable for clean energy funds

Over the years, your advocacy in support of state spending to address climate change has been critical in building momentum toward a just and equitable fossil-free future. Please take action now to help ensure that climate and clean energy funds are spent on renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. A major hurdle to full investment in climate action has been that a portion of clean energy funds — generated by a regional fee on pollution and a charge on electricity – are spent elsewhere, helping to supplement general state spending. Since 2014, $228 million in clean energy funds have been directed to general state funding, depriving New Yorkers of funding that could have lowered energy bills and created good, green jobs. Given the tremendous need to reduce pollution across New York, especially in disadvantaged communities, we must no longer tolerate using these funds for anything but to support climate change programs to limit emissions. Click HERE to tell Governor Hochul she must now put this practice to an end.

The crypto line is open! Call before the end of the year!

Thanks to Food and Water Watch, there is now a line dedicated to Proof of Work Cryptocurrency. Please call (866) 942-5138 to be connected to Governor Hochul and ask her to: Put a pause on PoW crypto until the human health and environmental aspects can be studied. Have her DEC reject the Greenidge and Fortistar permits. If you tweet, please retweet this tweet which is a message to Governor Hochul. For more info on this issue, read this article.

It’s time to change NYS’ recycling system!

Recycling has a big problem and consumer brand owners need to be a part of the solution! Please consider supporting NYS S.1185A, an Extended Producer Responsibility bill for Consumer Packaging and Printed Paper. How you can support this bill: Please let your State Assembly Member know you support this bill! Use this easy tool to find your assembly member – When you find them, click the Contact button to see their phone number and a form where you can leave a comment. Contact your local government officials and indicate it is time to fix our states recycling system. If you don’t know who that is, use this page to find your county’s website.

Help save public land on Cayuga Lake!

After nearly 100 years as an incredible waterfront recreational property, Camp Barton is in danger of being sold and subdivided! Please help us stop this process! We saved the Bell Station property from development on the East side of Cayuga Lake now it’s time to save Camp Barton on the West side. What you can do: Please add your name to the petition: “Governor Kathy Hochul: Save Camp Barton!” Please include your personal connection to Camp Barton in the comments section – if you have one. Share it with your networks! We need to get thousands of signatures ASAP to get the attention of our Governor.

Vote for Sustainable Tompkins!

Partners for Change highlights organizations that share GreenStar’s commitment to sustainable agriculture/organic food, environmental protection/stewardship, hunger and social justice issues, local food system, co-ops, and the well being and education of the community regarding these topics. If you are a GreenStar Co-op member, from December 14th – 28th, you can vote through your member portal here to select your top 10 choices among local nonprofits to participate in next year’s Partners for Change program. We humbly ask that you vote for Sustainable Tompkins!

We need you to help fend off dirty crypto plants in NYS!

Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are “mined” in energy-intensive operations — power plants burn fossil fuels to meet the massive electricity needs of cryptocurrency creation and transactions. And right now, cryptocurrency-mining operators are trying to fire up some of New York’s dirtiest retired power plants. We should be doing everything we can to move New York off fossil fuels; we can’t afford to repower dirty fracked gas power plants. And especially not for cryptocurrency. We can stop this, but we need the Legislature to place a moratorium on these energy-intensive operations now. As we look ahead to the start of the legislative session, now is the time to let your state legislators know that they must prioritize stopping cryptocurrency mining using the energy-intensive “proof of work” method of authentication.

Crypto & Climate Impacts webinar this Saturday, Dec. 11th

System Change Not Climate Change is hosting a Free Virtual Webinar on Proof of Work crypto (commonly used in Bitcoin) on Saturday, December 11th at 1:00 pm EST (11:00 am PST). Register here for the Zoom to engage with the speakers or watch live on their Facebook page. Can’t make it? The webinar will be posted later on their YouTube channel. What the frack is cryptocurrency, anyway? Should we embrace it or eschew it? Join us for a critical evaluation with cartographer Karen Edelstein, independent journalist and scholar Maura Stephens, and Seneca Lake Guardian Yvonne Taylor, who will enlighten us about who loves it, what it is, when and where it may be coming, why it’s growing so spectacularly, and how it impacts climate — and our own lives. They’ll share how communities worldwide are organizing to fight siting of CO2-belching cryptocurrency mines in their midst.

Fossil Free Buildings Virtual Town Hall – Wed. Dec 1st

New York leads the nation in premature deaths resulting from the air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels in buildings for heating, hot water, and cooking, which also contributes to one third of New York’s emissions. The Renewable Heat Now Campaign is organizing to win a package of funding and bills that will get fossil fuels out of our buildings and make renewable alternatives more affordable and equitable. Join our upcoming Town Hall this Wednesday, December 1st, from 6:00pm – 7:00pm to learn how you can get involved in the movement for renewable heat and how we will build our power to win! Speakers will include Sen. Kavanagh and AM Gallagher, who sponsored the All-Electric Building Act, which would ban fossil fuels in new buildings across New York!

Tompkins County Soliciting Applications for the Renewed and Expanded Climate and Sustainable Energy Advisory Board

On November 4, 2021, the Tompkins County Legislature renewed the Climate and Sustainable Energy Advisory Board for another three-year term and expanded its membership to 11 seats. The Climate and Sustainable Energy Advisory Board is charged with providing expert input to the Legislature on regulatory initiatives and successful community programs relating to energy and climate change, as well as emerging energy efficiency, renewables, and climate adaptation technologies. The advisory board will continue to assist the County in engaging with state policymakers and regulators, utility staff, municipal leaders, developers, businesses, and community groups to set Tompkins County government and the wider Tompkins County community on a successful course to meeting the greenhouse gas emission reduction goals of the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and the Tompkins County Energy Strategy as quickly as is fiscally and economically feasible.

Help us tell the DEC – No More Dirty Crypto!

The period to submit comments to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) on the climate busting air emissions at the proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining plant, Greenidge Generation, closes on November 19th. Please submit a comment to the NYSDEC by the November 19th deadline. Here is a sample letter you can submit. You can also make a call to Governor Hochul to express your concerns via this hotline: 866-942-5138. Thank you for your support!