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November Call to Action: Learn About Plastics and Climate Change, Support Youth Climate Plaintiffs, and Tell NYS to Make Polluters Pay

By November 22, 2021No Comments
Explore our list of actions you can take this month to make our city, state, country, and planet a better place!

The motto of The New York Society for Ethical Culture is Deed Above Creed, something we’ve worked to live up to with our rich tradition of activism since 1876.

In that spirit, in 2021 and beyond the Society will be sending out Calls to Action, featuring important causes selected by our member committees and allies, because your voice and your deeds matter!

November 22: Join Beyond Plastics’ Webinar to Discuss The New Coal: Plastics and Climate Change Report

Environmental Stewardship Committee

On Monday, November 22 at 7PM, our friends at Beyond Plastics are hosting a webinar briefing to discuss their damning new report, The New Coal: Plastics and Climate Change, hosted by our 2020 Sunday Platform guest (and Beyond Plastics Founder and President) Judith Enck.

Read the report at and RSVP for the webinar briefing at

Show Your Support for the Juliana v. United States Climate Youth Plaintiffs

Environmental Stewardship Committee

On November 18, 2021, nearly 50 members of Congress and over 165 organizations expressed their solidarity with the 21 Juliana v. United States youth plaintiffs in letters to President Biden and the U.S. Department of Justice. Our Children’s Trust has put together a social media toolkit for individuals and organizations to quickly and easily show their support and spread the word about these powerful statements.

The Society was proud to host the Juliana plaintiffs in 2019, and asks everyone to show your support! Also, be sure to watch these videos from our Climate Week 2021 guests Bill McKibben and Jerome Foster II describing what these letters mean going forward.

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Tell NYS Lawmakers to Pass the Climate and Community Investment Act

Environmental Stewardship Committee

Activists from around New York State are writing letters over the next 2 to 3 weeks in support of passing the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA), which would charge polluters for each ton of emissions they produce. The 2022 New York State budget begins to take shape in January, so the voices of those in the state who speak from humanistic values can also contribute to making this climate justice proposal a reality.

Individuals are asked to send letters to Governor Hochul, Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie demanding they include the CCIA in the 2022 budget. Individual, hand-written letters work best!

Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture Leader Jone Johnson Lewis has adapted a NY Renews toolkit to help you write simple and effective letters to leaders and lawmakers. You can also send phone calls using this handy tool from NY Renews.

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