Brooklyn For Peace Logo Brooklyn For Peace
HOME ABOUT US COMMITTEES EVENTS MEMBERSHIP DONATE CONTACT US
         
Brooklyn For Peace
 

Your contribution can make a real difference for human rights and justice.
Help us continue our work for peace. Make an online donation.

Weekly / Monthly Events

Stay informed of all Climate Action activities other BFP events.
Get details

 

 

 

 

Climate Action

Sept 5, Friday, 7 pm: BFP Forum: Which Way Forward: Climate Chaos or Climate Justice?

Business as usual makes things worse. We need a people-based solution to climate change!
Join Brooklyn For Peace (Climate Action Committee) at this Forum:
Why Way Forward: Climate Chaos or Climate Justice??

Location: Memorial Presbyterian Church,186 Saint Johns Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn
Trains: 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza; B/Q to 7th Ave (at Flatbush)
See a map

Speakers:

Sean Sweeney: Director of the Global Labor Institute, Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations; one of the key organizers for the People’s Climate March.

Michael Klare: Professor at Hampshire College; author of many books and articles, most recently “The Race for What’s Left.” Addresses issues of the growing global contention over diminishing resources, including energy, minerals, food, water, with implications for global geopolitics.

Janet Redman: Director of the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies. Focuses on the subversion of the international regulatory apparatus and the failure of market-based solutions to climate change.

JJ Johnson: Progressive labor journalist, participated in Cochabamba (2010 World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth); special interest in labor and the environment,and the nexus between race, class, and climate justice.
Read the rest of this entry »

How Does Climate Change Relate to War?

Check out the “How does climate change relate to war?” flyer.

War Abroad

The US has 900 military bases and outposts in 130 countries. Since 2000 it has deployed combat troops to more than 20 countries. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are beginning to wind down, but the US is expanding its military presence in the Middle East, Africa, and the Pacific Rim and preparing troops for subzero combat in the Arctic.

War at Home

The 1 percent gets bailouts for Wall Street while the rest of us get foreclosures and cutbacks. The banks are propped up while the infrastructure is allowed to crumble. Big Energy gets trillion-dollar subsidies while unions, immigrants, and communities of color fight for their lives. And the public sector is being auctioned off cheap to the private sector.

War on the Planet

Climate change is causing droughts, wildfires, floods, and storms like we’ve never seen before–yet we continue to pump ever more CO2 and methane into the atmosphere. Wetlands and forests are disappearing. Our air, our land, our water are being poisoned. Species are going extinct at rates not seen since the dinosaurs and whole ecosystems are dying. Yet corporations and governments continue to promote their unsustainable policy of “growth”, ignoring the reality of a planet with finite resources.

A Common Thread

Today, international conflicts increasingly revolve around control of essential resources–oil, minerals, land, water. War destroys the environment, wrecking agriculture and infrastructure, killing and displacing millions of people, leaving a landscape of lethal chemicals, heavy metals, and radiation in its wake.

The US military is the biggest single consumer of fossil fuels in the world. And who’s footing the bill? Not the 1 percent–they’re getting rich off war. The rest of us are paying for these wars with our blood, with cutbacks, with the destruction of other countries and societies–but most of all with the environmental IOU that is being passed on to our children.

Climate change is upon us–we need to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and go full speed ahead on wind, solar, geothermal, and tidal energy. We need to transition workers out of jobs in oil, gas, coal, and nuclear energy–and into renewable energy. Into good jobs, union jobs, jobs with benefits and safety oversight. Jobs that stay here in the US. And we need to get out of the war business: converting to renewable energy gives us true energy independence and the possibility of peace.

Check out the flyer (PDF, doublesided)

The War on the Planet

Presentation by Gary Goff at the Brooklyn Museum, as part of a “Perspectives Talk” in conjunction with its exhibit on War and Photography.

We usually think of violence as something that is abrupt and explosive-a bomb going off, a bullet finding its mark. The photos on exhibit here tend to reinforce this view. But there is another kind of violence that is increasing worldwide-the violence of climate change. Because it is incremental, it’s mostly invisible or at least not perceived as violence. But we need to reassess this view. Climate change is both violent and largely caused by human activity. It’s as violent as war. People’s homes and livelihoods are destroyed, their countries devastated, their lives taken. According to the UN there have been more than 4 million climate-related deaths since the 1970s.

As starling as that number is, the relationship between war and the environment is more than the high casualty rates they share. Environmental disasters cause wars and wars cause environmental disasters. Let me explain.

Read the rest of this entry »

Climate Action Rally in Washington, D.C.

They came by the tens of thousands – to the nation’s capitol. Their demand was “Save Our Planet.” It was a protest to demand immediate and urgent action to reverse the course of climate change; to change the path of dependency on fossil fuels which is slowly but surely leading to destruction and decline of what has become a fragile environment. (See photos here.)

It was a bitterly cold and windy day but that didn’t stop people from marching around the White House to tell the President to be true to his words and reject the ominous and hazardous Keystone XL pipeline.
Read the rest of this entry »

FRI, MAR 8: “Fun”draiser Against Fracking

To help make the upcoming Fracking Tour in PA a success, there is a fundraiser being held. We want to make sure that this trip is open to everyone who wants to join the fight against fracking and climate change, so we’re raising money to support scholarship tickets. We’re asking you to help in two ways:

  • Come to our Fun-draiser at Park Slope United Methodist Church (map) on Friday, March 8, from 8 to 10 PM. $10 at the door. Door prizes, raffles, music entertainment – including CARP’s own Dave Doll. For full details, see the attached flyer below. Read the rest of this entry »

NOV 27, TUES: Trans-Pacific Partnership: Endangering Our Food, Health, & Environment
Panel Discussion & Organizing Meeting

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Endangering Our Food, Health, & Environment
Panel Discussion & Organizing Meeting

WHEN: Tues, Nov 27th, 2012, 6:30-9:30PM
WHERE: Metropolitan Community Church of NY, 446 W. 36th St. bet. Dyer & 10th Avenues, Manhattan

Moderator: Taleigh Smith (Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition)

Presenters:

- Ana Maria Quispe-Piscoya (GMO activist) on how TPP will attack bans on genetically modified foods

- Amanda Lugg (Health Global Access Project) on how TPP will limit access to generic drugs

- Adam Weissman (Global Justice for Animals and the Environment) on how TPP will attack bans on fracking and other environmental laws

6:30-8 PM: Join a panel of experts at to learn more about TPP.

8-9:30 PM Join activists to plan a campaign to stop it!

Read the rest of this entry »

HR 2606 Passes. The Fight Goes On
What You Can Do To Help!

Two and a half weeks ago, Hurricane Sandy hit the Rockaways full-force, with storm surges reaching as high as 14 feet. Over a hundred homes burned to the ground in Breezy Point. Power was knocked out, homes were flooded, people lost their lives.

Yesterday, Congress delivered a second blow to the Rockaways: shortly after noon, the House passed HR 2606. This is the final legislative step allowing the construction of a high-pressure gas pipeline that will carry fracked gas through Gateway National Park — the very part of our city that has been utterly devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Putting a gas pipeline and regulating station in this area is insane. Yet not a single person in Congress stood up to say no. Not a single person in Congress spoke out to defend nature and the people from this assault by Big Gas.

Our good friends and allies at Occupy the Pipeline have raised our spirits with this amazing video. Follow their lead. Make your voice heard. Call President Obama today at 202-456-1111. Give him this message loud and clear.

Stop the pipeline! Kill the bill! Veto HR 2606!

We do not have time to wait on our so-called leaders. We must become the leaders of this struggle. We must stop fracking, we must stop climate change, and we will stop this pipeline.

More information at CARP.org.

Activists and Faith Leaders Gather
to Bear Witness Against Fracking

Nov 15, 2012 Last night, a group of about 25 people huddled in the cold at Grand Army Plaza with candles and signs. We were one of a number of vigils taking place all over the state – faith leaders and witnesses in the fight to stop fracking in New York State. Muslim, Christian, and Jewish faith leaders spoke out about the need to succor the earth, to stand strong against this assault on the planet, and not be swayed by the false rhetoric of “energy independence.” The only path to true energy independence is through energy sustainability: from renewable solar, wind, and water.



Read the rest of this entry »

Rockaway Pipeline: Call Congress! Vote is imminent!

The proposed Williams/Transco Rockaway Lateral Pipeline will carry “fracked” natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in upstate New York. It will tunnel under Jamaica Bay, Riis Park, and Breezy Point, through precious wetlands, bird sanctuaries, and fishing grounds, and continue under Flatbush Avenue, surfacing at the Kings Plaza Shopping Center at Avenue U.

All pipelines corrode over time, especially those submerged in saltwater. They rupture, they leak– they even explode. Williams/Transco has a very poor safety record. Last year one of its pipelines exploded in Alabama, hurling a 47-foot-long pipe 200 feet away. The gas ignited and burned for hours, damaging adjoining pipelines and about 8 acres of surrounding property.

Natural gas is being sold to New Yorkers as “clean energy,” but it is not. It is methane, a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. And fracked gas–natural gas released when water and toxic chemicals are injected into shale under intense pressure–is a greater threat to our health, our environment, and our planet than the dirtiest coal.

What You Can Do to Stop This Pipeline Read the rest of this entry »

Rockaway Pipeline Day of Awareness Action

Transco/Williams, a large multi-national corporation, is planning to build a high-pressure gas pipeline through Gateway National Park. The Transco/Williams Rockaway Lateral Pipeline’ will carry “fracked” natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in upstate New York. It will tunnel under Breezy Point, Riis Park and Jamaica Bay, through precious wetlands, bird sanctuaries and fishing grounds, and continue under Flatbush Avenue surfacing at the Kings Plaza Shopping Center at Avenue U. In addition to the pipeline, a metering station is planned for one of the empty hangers at Floyd Bennett Field putting the adjacent community at risk, as well as the community gardens and the work of over 400 gardeners. The U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 2606 (written by Congressman Michael Grim, Staten Island/Bay Ridge) which allows the drilling. The Senate passed a similar bill with a few changes. HR 2606 is currently up for a final vote in the House (week of November 12, 2012.)

On August 4th, members of Brooklyn For Peace, Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline and more joined together at Jacob Riis park to spread awareness about this project. Read the rest of this entry »

 

 
Who We Are


Mission Statement

This task force will examine the nexus between war and the environment. Read more

Stay Informed


Join Us!

We invite you to join the Climate Action and get involved.

Climate Action meeting schedule
and
Email us or call 718–624–5921 if your interested in attending.