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Climate Strike in NYC

Sep 20, 2019 - All Day

With over 600 events taking place during the week of September 20th-27th, the Global Climate Strike is the largest climate action taking place – ever.

On Friday, September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and the world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis.

Along with other members of the NY Jewish community, we will gather at the north-east corner of City Hall Park (see map) and march to Battery Park. The event will conclude with speakers and performers, including Fridays For Future movement founder Greta Thunberg and NY-based youth leaders.

RSVP here to be kept up to date on all Climate Strike related news.

For live updates, check out the Facebook event here.


Join the Jewish Climate Coalition Today!

The ice is melting. Forests are burning. Seas are rising. 

Climate change is here, and it feels overwhelming. So what can we do about it? 

 Act with us. Hazon, Jewish Climate Action Network NYC, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan invite your organization to:

  1. Join the New York Jewish Coalition for Action on Climate Change. Commit your organization to standing with the community, raising a moral call for transformative action, and asking our leaders to aggressively reduce carbon emissions.
  2. Participate in the Global Climate Strike march and rally on September 20 in Manhattan or a city near you!
  3. Attend Jewish events around the September 20th strike, including a pre-rally gathering in NYC featuring speakers and sign making at the JCC, and a musical Havdalah and Selichot on September 21. 

FAQs

How do Jewish values align with action on the climate?

Thirty centuries of Jewish tradition have commanded self-restraint, asking us to see ourselves as stewards of this planet, not owners. “For the Land is Mine, you are but strangers and tenants with Me,” reads Leviticus 25:23.

September 20 comes just 10 days before the High Holidays, when our tradition asks us to examine our moral behavior. It’s time for us to act as stewards.

The Earth’s climate is reaching a tipping point. But so is our society’s reaction to this changing climate – we’re starting to take real action.

How did the Global Climate Strike get started?

For the past year, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg has sat beside the Swedish Parliament each Friday, demanding legislators address climate change as a true emergency. Her protest has spread around the world, with over a million students and supporters walking out of class this year to demand more drastic action on climate change.

Greta is right: There’s no time to waste. July 2019 was the hottest month in history, according to NOAA. From Alaska to Australia – and here in New York City as well – record-breaking temperatures hit our planet this year, with deadly consequences. According to the United Nations 2018 IPCC report, if global temperatures rise even another half degree, the results will be disastrous. Sixty-nine million more people could be exposed to flooding. We are also currently experiencing a refugee crisis related to climate change, and 200 species are becoming extinct every day due to climate change. These facts are upsetting, but if we mobilize ourselves now, we can create a better world.

How will climate change affect New York City?

As oceans rise, large portions of New York City could end up underwater; New York’s rate of sea-level rise is twice the global rate. We saw the consequences of climate change, seven years ago in October 2012. Hurricane Sandy had devastating effects on NYC, including 147 deaths and $36.8 billion dollars in damages. If we don’t confront the climate crisis now, these extreme weather events here and around the world are sure to continue.