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Moving Planet Rally NYC - September 24


Save the date - Oxfam Action Corps NYC is cosponsoring the September 24 Moving Planet Rally in NYC with NYPIRG.

On September 24, New Yorkers will gather near the United Nations (at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th Street between First and Second Avenues) for Moving Planet NYC! Moving Planet is an international day of action to draw attention to the climate crisis and push for solutions that move us beyond our reliance on fossil fuels.

Inspired by the democracy movements in Egypt and elsewhere this year, we’re reminded that people power is stronger than the fossil fuel industry’s influence. We can and must spur action on the climate crisis that has felt stalled since the UN Climate meetings in Copenhagen, 2009. The gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in late September offers the perfect opportunity for us to rally and call on our world leaders for a renewed focus on tackling the climate crisis.

Climate change poses a grave threat to food production. First, it will apply a further brake on yield growth. Second, it will increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, such as heat waves, droughts, and floods, which can wipe out harvests at a stroke. For people without the income, savings, access to healthcare, or social insurance enjoyed in industrialized countries, shocks from climatic disasters or shifting seasons often force them to go without food, sell off assets critical to their livelihoods, or take their children out of school. Short-term coping strategies can have long-term consequences, causing a downward spiral of deeper poverty and greater vulnerability.

Despite the scale and urgency of the challenge, governments have failed to take adequate action to reduce emissions, collectively or individually. Instead they have listened to their industrial lobbies—the small number of companies that stand to lose from a transition towards a sustainable future from which the rest of us would gain.

Moving Planet NYC is a flagship event of a series of coordinated events happening around the world. Working with a broad global coalition fighting climate change, over 100 countries will host Moving Planet events on September 24.

The event — organized by NYPIRG, 350.org, and our coalition partners — will feature prominent national and international speakers and a live music performance. It will be a truly momentous event in the climate movement that will be talked about for years to come. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of a historic global day of action!

Be sure to register for the event on the NYPIRG website.

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