The Frontlines of Crisis are the Forefront of Change

October 2014 - Volume 5, Issue 2

September 21, 2014 will forever be remembered as the day 400,000 people rallied in the streets of New York to bend the arc of history towards justice.  On that day - Frontline communities took the international stage to tell global leaders now is the time to act!  The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance & member UPROSE worked tirelessly to ensure local Environmental Justice communities were represented at this epic event.  Frontline communities from the five boroughs and beyond came out in the tens of thousands and led the front of the People's Climate March.  

"We said it would take everyone to change everything - and everyone showed up." - Eddie Bautista, Executive Director, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance
Side View ofFront LIne Marchers at People's Climate March
Frontline Marchers with Banner at People's Climate March
People's Climate March - Frontline Marchers
(Images Courtesy of Climate Justice Alliance Website)
Aerial View of Marchers lined up on Central Park West
Aerial View of Central Park West (Image Courtesy of Working Families Party Facebook)
Defend Our Mother Earth Float
The Defienda a Nuestra Madre Tierra Float

Designed by Youth at El Puente

(image courtesy of Climate Justice Alliance Website)

We Are The Roots Parachute - Intergenerational


We Are The Roots That Weather The Storm Sunflower Parachute
(image courtesy of Climate Justice Alliance Website)
NYCEJA Banner with Fellows
NYC-EJA Fellows & Community Garden Leaders Holding our Banner
NYCEJA & UPROSE Banners on 42nd Street
Trash Equity + Zero Waste + Environmental Justice Banner Drop
Banner Drop on 42nd Street  (Images Courtesy of the Climate Justice Alliance Website)
People's Climate Justice Summit

"Sunflowers serve to remove harmful toxics from the soil, while providing nutrients and shelter for animal life above ground.  We present these sunflowers to the global leaders at the UN Climate Summit as a symbol of the community-led solutions we are growing."
- From Press Statement to UN Delegates from Our Power Campaign Members during the People's Climate Justice Summit

Sunflower Signs at Uprose  Sun Flower Signs at UPROSE offices

The Climate Justice Alliance, including the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network and other allies, hosted a two-day People's Climate Justice Summit.  The tribunal was concurrent with the Climate Leaders Assembly convened by the UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon in New York City.  The Summit delegates convened at the UN Church Center, directly across the street from the UN, and the proceedings were live-streamed for public viewing at The New School on both days. The Summit convened a meeting of frontline community delegations from across the U.S. and around the world - that are both organizing against the root causes of climate change, and cultivating real solutions to address these causes.
New York City Leading the Global Shift Away from Carbon
NYC City Hall
(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)
Local advocacy and planning leading up to the March galvanized city politics in an unprecedented way.  After the unanimous passing of the City Council Resolution to support the People's Climate March and a day before the People's Climate March - the de Blasio Administration announced it's goal to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels.

People's Climate March in the News

 Front Page of NY Times




NY Times Video:  Sounding off on Climate Change

New York Daily News:  Thousands of protesters, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Join People's Climate March


NYC-EJA Policy Director, Juan Camilo Osorio (En Espa�ol) Video:   El debate sobre el cambio clim�tico insta a los mandatarios a actuar


The Latin Post: People's Climate March 2014: Over 400,000 Rally Against Climate Change, Photos and Video From NYC March


The Latin Post: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Introduces Sweeping Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Emissions by 80 Percent by 2025


FoxNews: New York climate march attracts nearly 400,000 people


The Times of India: There is no 'plan B' for action as there is no 'planet B', UN chief says ahead of UN Climate Summit


Capital New York: Hundreds of thousands turn out for climate march


Slate: The Changing Face of Climate Change


Huffington Post:  A Climate Movement That Can't Be Ignored


The Nation:  The People's Climate March Was Huge, but Will It Change Everything?



People's Climate March Run-up


NY1 Online Video:  Panel Previews People's Climate March


Documentary Chronicling Events Leading to the People's Climate March:  Watch "Disruption" Film



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Founded in 1991, NYC-EJA, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, is NYC's only federation of community-based organizations fighting for environmental justice in low income communities of color.

For nearly 25 years, NYC-EJA has successfully led reform campaigns on climate change, solid waste, power plant siting and brownfield remediation policies.

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Hasta la proxima,

Eddie Bautista,

Executive Director