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Climate Underlies It All

Climate and the environment are the root of all we do.  Solutions are what we can do NOW.

At All Our Energy, just because we are focused on the solutions: renewable energy and stopping pollution in all forms; whether it be an LNG Port, an unnecessary fossil fuel power plant, or the needless waste of single use plastic bags- doesn’t mean we should forget what drives our actions.
Climate change and the degradation of air, land, and water for human livability is where we spring to action from.

So you want to see what climate change “looks like”?
Earlier this year, the alarming “climate spiral” visualization was released, showing the months of the year represented as a circle, with recorded monthly temperatures added in, over time. It clearly shows the spiral getting larger then dramatically larger, representing higher temperature, as we reach the present.
The original was scary enough, showing the dramatic increase and acceleration in global warming up to the present day. This new projection shows the unprecedented temperature spike we are in now…. and takes us where it leads.

heres a 3-d representation:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cVt6ximM4hE

Here’s a graph that shows “yes, this is how quick (climate change) is happening“.

No one is coming to save us. No magic carbon vacuum is coming that costs less than the immediate “benefits” of fossil fuels. The free market isn’t coming. Its been nearly 30 years since James Hansen sat in front of congress imploring action on climate. Nothing has changed. We can not afford to wait. Maybe, too, we can not afford to be so focused solely on solutions. Maybe this focus on solutions hurts our public awareness by skipping the first step of the discussion: “we have a problem- something must be done- you can continue as part of that problem, or decide to become the solution”.
We need to make that change now. We have no time to wait for polluters and their employees in the field, in their law offices, or in government to “change their mind” or agree to some watered-down version of what needs to be done: a concerted, citizen-powered changeover to 100% renewable energy, with as much transportation, heating and cooking switched to clean, renewable-generated electricity ASAP.

To survive, we must transition to a renewable generated economy that values workers, the environment, local communities and empowers all to take part however they can, to foster that transformation of our society and ensure livability of the planet for future generations. Germany did this and produce more solar than the US in a fraction of the size and the solar resource. Denmark did this and got massive amounts of wind energy (and the leading international wind industry that goes with it).

The good news: we here on Long Island are finally have the potential to lead a massive switch to renewables in the form of our potential 35000 megawatts, (with realistic expectations at about 10,000-15,000) of readily available off shore wind power.
The bad news: this process, without encountering resistance(just elected), technical issues, policy or leadership changes(just changed), or any of a multitude of potential delays, has been decided to take at least 5-7 years, with reality possibly longer. This is only for the first wind farm. Policy has rendered commercial scale off shore wind development for the entire US to merely BEGIN operations in 2022-2025. It could be another 10-20 years after that for full deployment.
This is time we just don’t have. We have much to do now to avoid new fossil fuel and dangerous nuclear from being added, before we can offset any need for them.  tick-tick-tick.

Report: Brighten the Bay Clean Up

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Saturday November 5, 2016 was the “Brighten the Bay” clean up on the Long Beach Bay front.

Can you guess how many pounds of trash and recyclables were removed?

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Considering we had all our buckets completely filled within 5 minutes and had to make an emergency run for more contractor bags, If you said anything less than 1,100 pounds, it would be too low. Yes, that’s not a typo- eleven hundred.
There were empty propane tanks, bicycles, furniture, engine parts, dock materials, building materials, and all sorts of other discarded items.
We also compiled 5 contractor bags of recyclable bottles, cans, metals, plastics, etc.

 

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Together, we all made a huge difference!

Event: Brighten the Bay Clean Up

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Saturday 11/5/16 at 10am

Brighten the Bay: Bay Front Clean Up

Riverside Blvd at the Bay- Under the water tower.
800 Riverside Blvd, Long Beach, NY for google maps

RSVP Here

**Protective boots and gloves strongly recommended for waterline area, with plenty of other nearby cleanup needed for those without.

Join your neighbors and friends. Make a difference for our bayfront, our residents, and our wildlife; and contribute the results to science. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation will join All Our Energy, Surfrider Foundation – Central LI, The City of Long Beach and the BYO Bag LB team to collect and document the trash we remove. Be part of it- All materials supplied, all ages welcome with an adult.

All Our Energy 2016 Art Contest Launched

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All Our Energy, in Association with Sierra Club Long Island Group, announce the launch of our Fall 2016 Long Island College Student Poster Design / Art Contest.

Short link to the contest page is: bit.ly/windart16

We invite college students to create / design a potential poster for our continuing off shore wind power outreach campaign that shows us their artistic skills and their vision of Long Island’s sustainable energy future.

Deadline for entry is November 18, 2016.

Grand Prize is $300

The most interesting, inspiring, and engaging entry, according to our judges, will win.

The winner and three runners-up will be featured on our permanent web page for the contest.

It is an exciting time, with off shore wind power coming to the coast of Long Island. We hope to share that interest and enthusiasm.

If your program or clubs would like to host our off shore wind presentation, a discussion, or a documentary film screening about the first US off shore wind farm, please contact me for dates in November. Evenings are most preferred.

We really appreciate your help in getting word out to students now. This contest only runs for five weeks so the awards can be given out this semester.

Event: TPP- WHAT IT REALLY MEANS FOR OUR LIVES & WHY IT’S SUCH A BIG DEAL. 

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10/28/16 – 7pm Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau,

223 Stewart Avenue,

Garden City, NY
RSVP Here

The Administration & Lobbyists are pushing for a vote on TPP right after elections. But what they’re not telling the public is–the Trans Pacific Partnership is NOT just a Trade deal! It’s a corporate wish list that will affect every aspect of our lives–from environmental protection, to access to medicine, to personal financial stability, to the sovereignty of municipalities and nations to make and enforce laws. Why are so many human rights groups, leading economists, environmental, and faith groups actively opposing it? How is this a social justice issue? Join us for a presentation on the TPP, which will include a PowerPoint and expert speakers.

 

Your Representatives in Congress have a key vote! Find out where your representative stands and learn what YOU can do to help!

 

Guest Speakers: Eric Weltman, Senior Organizer of Food & Water Watch NY; Michael Gendron, Exec. VP of Communication Workers of America 1108; Stan Bergman, Pres. LI Chapter of Alliance for Retired Americans; George Povall, Organizer of All Our Energy; Jane Fasullo, Group Chair of Sierra Club LI.

Long Beach Bag Ordinance Passed

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Thanks to YOU and your voices, an amazing team who did so much work, with some smart officials, and the support of the business community, The City of Long Beach unanimously passed their checkout bag law Tuesday October 18, 2016!

Thanks are in order!

First, I want to thank the Long Beach City Council who listened, were forward-thinking and who took action to be the leaders on this issue as the first municipality in Nassau to do so.
Thank You to Vice President Anthony Eramo, whose early declaration made it a priority this year and who helped bring our campaign into the city, Eileen Goggin, who helped host more events, Council President Len Torres, Council Members Scott Mandel and Anissa Moore for your attention and perseverance to get this done. Thank you all for your leadership!! The community really came together and you are the reason.

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Thanks also to City Manager Jack Schnirman and staff Ryan Mc Tiernan who was instrumental in all of this.

Thank you to All Our Energy’s campaign partners Surfrider Foundation Central LI Chapter and Sierra Club Long Island Group whose financial, technical, and moral support pushed this campaign through to victory.
I thank the other members of the BYO Bag LB leadership team- Amanda Moore, Scott Bochner and Tara Bono for the amazing efforts you have delivered to help this succeed, and my wife, Barbara Hackett, who lived with this campaign 24-7 and helped more than anyone could know. Thank you!

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We had some incredible volunteers working on this, and none gave more than Stacy Russo, Joanne Moore, Joan Monahan, Robin Csabon, Jo Eisman, and James Mangels, with help and support from All Our Energy team leader Matt Kearns.
We were inspired with artwork from Laura Swan and Stewards of the Sea throughout this process that made it vibrant and heartwarming. Thank You.
Thanks to the youth team, especially Fin Ashmead, Mia Mangels, Noele Micheman, and Lucy Tomicick.
Thank you, to the Long Beach Chamber and so many members who have been instrumental in helping the business community come together.

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Some individuals who helped make a big difference- Sam Pinto, Bernadette Martin, Georgia Meckes, Joey Naham, Kelly Sullivan, Liz Treston, Mary Velosovitch, Nancy Schulman, Dieter Von Lehsten, and many others, I’m sorry if you’ve been left out!

I want to thank the other businesses and organizations that have been so supportive – Sunpower by Empower Solar who have hosted so many meetings and sponsored events. Thanks to event partners Gentle Brew Coffee, Cybernet, East Park Chiropractic, Lift, Bridgeworks, Long Beach International Film Festival who all supported the campaign and we really appreciate it!

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We got so much support from organizations, too- Sane Energy Project, Long Island Progressive Coalition, Arts in the Plaza, Long Beach Farmers Market, Long Beach Martin Luther King Center, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Long Beach Parks and Recreation, St James of Jerusalem Episcopal Church, Key Food East, and Key Food West.

This is FAR from everyone, so simply by reading this, know I thank you for your support and involvement!

 

So now what?

Well, this work is far from done.

We have 1000 low income residents that need -a full set of reusable bags- and our help to get them.

We have many people who still have no idea about this.

We have merchants still unaware or with concerns.

We will be here to help the transition happen so it STICKS and becomes part of our culture. Hopefully at the same time it will raise consciousness of all plastic, waste, energy, air and water and many other environmental issues and help people address those issues as well.
For now, its enough to say- we did it- all of us, I’m glad we took the journey together.

Thank you all.

Event: End of the Line free movie screening

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Join us 10/19/16 with Food & Water Watch and see the feature-length documentary about a diverse coalition that recently rose up to defeat the controversial Bluegrass Pipeline in KY!
The Hazardous liquids pipeline, inclding fossil fuel waste for plastics, was part of the plan, foiled by local activists from all walks of life.

Wednesday October 19, 2016 7pm
With Food and Water Watch
Long Beach Public Library
111 West Park Ave, Long Beach, NY 11561
RSVP Here

Rally to say Bye Bye Bags and Hearing on a Bag Ordinance

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Tuesday 10/18/16
Rally @ 6pm, Hearing at 7pm
Long Beach City Hall
1 West Chester St, Long Beach, NY 11561

RSVP and share the event here

On Tuesday October 18 at 6pm, we will rally outside Long Beach City Hall, then we will go in to the City Council hearing to make sure the City of Long Beach passes their reusable bag ordinance!

WE NEED YOU THERE and hope you can attend both!!! Be a part of making this a reality. Bring everyone you know!

NY Renews Long Island Town Hall

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NY Renews Town Hall Meeting
Yes We Can Community Center
141 Garden St, Westbury, NY 11590
Facebook event here.

On Thursday 10/13/16, coalition members New York Communities for Change, Long Island Progressive Coalition, and All Our Energy are holding a Town Hall event on Long Island, part of a series we’re doing across the state to engage communities and hold our elected officials accountable.

Want to learn more about the coalition and our policy platform? Want to come together with diverse constituencies from across LI dedicated to climate justice?

RSVP now for the NYRenews Long Island Town Hall on October 13th!

At this first town hall meeting, find out about the climate policy platform NY Renews is trying to pass in Albany, and who’s in the coalition. We’re bringing together climate activists, economic justice advocates, and labor voices from across LI to talk about a statewide ‘just transition’. State officials will be in the room and our goal is to keep them accountable by demonstrating our people power and having them hear from community members. Find out about upcoming NYR activities on LI and how people can take action locally to support the statewide campaign.

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Report: Nothing But Footprints Beach Clean Up

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Great work this weekend from the BYO Bag LB team with Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, the City of Long Beach.

The volunteer team removed over 70 lbs of trash, debris and recyclables and sent them to their proper disposal.

Thanks to our partners at Surfrider Foundation Central LI for the help and the reusable collection bags that avoid further unnecessary plastic pollution.

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