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5th New York City Climate Justice Youth
August 6, 2015

Several hundred young people of color convene to collectively educate, raise awareness
and join the movement for Climate Justice

What:  The 2015 New York City Climate Justice Youth Summit: This is the Summer of Our Power.

In light of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, young people from low-income communities of color in New York City are gathering to discuss local solutions to the climate crisis. Building on conversations that have been ongoing in our communities for over 20 years, the Climate Justice Youth Summit invites young people of color to join in addressing one of the most pressing issues of our generation: climate change. At the Summit, attendees will learn about the connection between fossil fuel extraction and climate justice and how New Yorkers can come together inter-generationally, to build climate adaptable and resilient communities while also raising awareness about the collective need for climate education and climate justice.

Who: UPROSE ( youth organizers: Cynthia Moices 22, Brian González 24 and Ting Ting Fu 25, as well as hundreds of young people of color will come together on August 6th at Union Theological Seminary for the 5th NYC Climate Justice Youth Summit. The focus of the Summit is to learn about the connections between climate change and social justice, as well as to talk about real solutions to the climate crisis.

When: Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Where: Union Theological Seminary 3041 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (120th street)

Why: The devastating impact of Katrina, Sandy, as well as droughts in the West Coast and tornadoes in Brooklyn make learning about climate change a necessity.  As communities of color suffer disproportionately from the effects of climate change and shifting ecosystems, climate consciousness and remediation will be necessary to build local resistance.

Guest Speaker: Rev. Yearwood, President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus

Guest Artists: Performances by Richard Raw, The Machine, Legacy Women and Nene Ali.

Social Media Hashtags: #CJYS #YouthActionClimateAction #SummerofOurPower 

Summit Lead Organizer/Producer: UPROSE

Community Partners: Climate Justice Alliance, Center for Earth Ethics, Brotherhood/Sister Sol, Ironbound LDC, The Point, El Puente, Nos Quedamos, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, Movement Generation.

Programming for the Summit

Hello Everyone,

The Summit is 2 days away and we are ready!!

The Summit's program is developed to carry-on a conversation about Just Transitions throughout the day and each activity builds in the previous. By the end of the conference young people will have a better idea of what Just Transitions look like and how they can be applied on a local level via the work we do within frontline communities. We encourage everyone to be prepared to stay all day.

The event starts at 10am and will end around 8pm. There will be food served along with give-aways for this who registered early.

Here are the Learning Circle Descriptions:
        o   Just Transition: Community lead solutions vs. False Promises 
§  The world is confronting two fundamentally interrelated crises today: economic and ecological. But we can address the root causes of the climate crisis. This will require a radical transformation of the economy. AND communities are already beginning to implement real solutions to climate change that chart a path towards a more ecologically rooted economies.

o   Faith and Climate Change 
§  2015 is a crucial year for climate action. As the conversation continues to reach new audiences, faith communities are increasingly becoming more present at the table. How can we make green ministry more appealing to congregations? What actions can we take as faith communities to seek climate justice? Does our faith lead us towards the climate justice movement?

o   Policing and Militarism with a CJ Perspective
§  A wedge has been created between our communities and those who are to protect and serve (NYPD). More recently, our communities have had to mourn the deaths of many young Black and Latino men and women. How will this wedge change because of climate change? Do you remember Hurricane Katrina? Come to this circle to learn more about how climate change is going to effect policing and militarism 

o   Eco-crisis in Puerto Rico  
§  Come to this circle to learn about the economic crisis that is happening in Puerto Rico. Communities in Puerto Rico like Caño Martin Peña and Vieques are environmentally burdened. There is also a proposal to develop incinerators in Puerto Rico. Young people in Puerto Rico and being pushed off the island because of economic pressure. What can we do here in NY to show support?

See you there!


Thursday, July 23, 2015

5th NYC Climate Justice Youth Summit - Im Going!

UPROSE's 5th Climate Justice Youth Summit is around the corner and young people at have something to say about why they are going to be there this year!