After Hurricane Sandy Faith in New York’s congregations responded by calling for a holistic rebuild that would not only improve infrastructure but that would rebuild lives through jobs. Faith communities have banded together to work with allies and partners to address the long term effects of climate change, with a particular emphasis on ensuring that communities that are primarily impacted by the effects of climate change are at the forefront of imagining a more resilient and green future.
Expanding the Greener Greater Buildings law. Prioritizing public renewable energy installations in climate vulnerable and low income communities. Ensuring community benefits such as local hire, student engagement, and vocational training. Developing pathways to union jobs through Sandy Workforce1 and Build it Back.
March 29, 2014: Mayor de Blasio stood with Faith in New York clergy and grassroots leaders, announcing in the Rockaways a new “Sandy rebuilding agenda”.
September 21, 2014: Marching with grassroots organizing groups and faith institutions from across the country in the People’s Climate March with the first responders contingent and with the faith contingent
June 2, 2015: Hosted series of bilingual (English/Spanish) train the trainer sessions for our members to learn about climate change and resiliency work opportunities
October 29, 2015: “3 Years After Sandy” Community Forum in partnership with Community Voices Heard and attended by Senator Schumer, Senator Sanders, Councilman Richards, and Councilman Treyger
March 28, 2016: Re-building of a climate justice steering committee during our Citywide Leadership Assembly to educate clergy and lay leaders about environmental racism concepts and test out ideas for community energy
Earth Day 2016, members shared their faith-rooted reasons for caring for the climate and asking for advocacy for people-centered climate policies
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