5 Years After Sandy: Long Island Remembrance & Call to Action

Our friends at the NYRenews campaign are holding an action this Sunday, October 29th, and we hope you can join them! RSVP on Facebook, and see below for more info: 

Five years ago, Long Island was devastated by a storm more dangerous than anything we’d ever seen. Fueled by worsening climate change and rising global temperatures, Superstorm Sandy took the lives of 52 New Yorkers. Long Island transportation systems flooded, homes were destroyed, and hundreds of thousands lost power. By the time Sandy passed, it had left tens of thousands of families homeless and had cost New Yorkers $42 billion in damage, which our communities are still paying for today. 

Five years after Sandy, we remember, we resist, we rise. On Sunday, October 29th, at 2pm, we will assemble at the Venetian Shores in Lindenhurst for a vigil and walking tour of the surrounding neighborhood, followed by a rally.
These extreme weather conditions are only getting worse. In the past few weeks, we have seen untold devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria. With climate disasters threatening communities around the country and world, and a federal government bought and paid for by fossil fuel billionaires, people are rightfully afraid. 

But we are also determined. New York should be the model of a just transition away from an extractive fossil fuel economy to a regenerative economy. We want to live in a state where we can all breathe clean air, where our economy is powered by good jobs and renewable energy, and where our families are safe from dangerous floods, heat waves, and other environmental hazards.In solidarity with those who lost family members, homes, incomes, and security to Superstorm Sandy, we make the following demands of New York’s elected officials to make our communities whole, now and in the future:

Get Sandy survivors back in their homes and repair damaged homes and affordable housing, including addressing mold concerns. 

Pass the NY Renews policy platform in 2018. Commit New York State to 100% renewable energy, thousands of good union jobs and true environmental justice by making corporate polluters pay for the climate-destroying pollution they dump into our air.

Create a comprehensive and multifaceted flood protection plan for the entire Long Island southern shoreline that prioritizes vulnerable and at-risk communities

Meaningfully work with communities for emergency preparedness (including education) and social resiliency, environmental justice, and community empowerment.