On October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy brought climate change to our shores, homes and hearts beyond any shadow of a doubt.
Shortly after the storm subsided, Occupy Sandy began as a spontaneous effort by a group of people who felt compelled to act in response to disaster. Together, a network was created of more than 50,000 volunteers who were able to provide over 300,000 meals, rebuild or remediate over 1000 homes, and provide in excess of a million dollars worth of supplies through in-kind donations.
Nearly 1 year after the storm, serious rebuilding is still just getting underway. Most of the money to rebuild New York hasn’t gotten to the people or infrastructure where it’s needed most.
Fortunately, Sandy’s 1-year anniversary is an opportunity to honor the storm’s victims and—in a world increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters—to organize for action.
Take action to demand NYC rebuild with good jobs, affordable housing, community engagement, strong health care and sustainable energy.
You can further march with the Occupy Sandy Guitarmy to City Hall on behalf of communities who felt the worst impacts of the storm.
In addition to the action in the streets, our friends at Forecast the Facts are hosting a complimentary event afterwards to discuss how our grievances are connected.
Climate activists, financial experts, and concerned residents are coming together to put the spotlight on Wall Street’s role in climate pollution—especially New York’s richest man, carbon financier David H. Koch.
The forum will be held from 8 to 9:30pm at the Rose Auditorium at Cooper Union, and it couldn’t come at a more fortuitous time.
The devastation one year ago helped to mobilize a very necessary, overdue conversation on climate survival, but the politics and economics of ending climate pollution—specifically divesting from the fossil fuel industries—have still largely been ignored.
The moral component of combatting climate change has also received far too little attention. This is especially the case in the face of climate disasters, which exhibited how the most vulnerable were left by those in power to suffer the worst effects.
Indeed, we are still living out what happened a year ago, as well as preparing to face similar trials in the future.