November 22, 2017

Nov 29: New Yorkers Will Rally to #DivestNY Ahead of Climate Action Public Hearing

Ahead of hearing hosted by NYC Public Advocate Tish James, New Yorkers will rally to call for fossil fuel divestment and real climate leadership from Comptroller Stringer and elected officials

New York, NY — New Yorkers will rally ahead of the November 29th Climate Action public hearing hosted by NYC Public Advocate Tish James. The #DivestNY coalition will gather to make their voices heard and urge New York’s elected officials to divest from fossil fuels and take real climate leadership.

Experts across a broad range of issues — from Indigenous rights to youth movements and financial experts — are set to testify at the hearing. Speakers will call on New York’s elected officials to heed the calls of the people they’re meant to represent, and divest the City’s more than $3 billion investments in fossil fuel companies causing climate change.

This comes one month after over 5000 people joined the Sandy5 march calling for New York’s elected officials to take real climate leadership, and just weeks after Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest public wealth fund, announced it’s looking to divest from all fossil fuels.

What: Rally to #DivestNY ahead of New York City “Climate Action” Public Hearing

When: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Rally at 8:30am EST

Hearing at 9:30am EST

Where: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Richard Harris Terrace, 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY

Who: #DivestNY coalition, Indigenous Peoples, Multi-generational crowd.

At the hearing, speakers include:

  • Waniya Locke, Standing Rock Sioux (Ahtna Dene, Dakota, Lakota and Anishinaabe)
  • Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation & Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action
  • Victoria Fernandez, Sunrise Movement  
  • Carroll Muffet, Executive Director, Center for International Environmental Law
  • Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, Former NY first deputy state comptroller
  • Michael Palmieri, Director of Marketing, Fossil Free Indexes
  • Thomas Kuh, Former Executive Director, MSCI

Why: 2017 is set to be the hottest year on record, with record-breaking storms, droughts and wildfires devastating communities across the US and around the world. Yet, Comptroller Scott Stringer and Mayor Bill de Blasio continue to pour over $3 billion of New Yorkers’ public pension money into fossil fuel companies causing climate change. With reckless regression from the fossil-fueled Trump administration, New York’s elected officials must heed the urgent calls of New Yorkers to divest and be real climate leaders.


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