What a 2017 its been! Now we build, for a big 2018.
From renewable energy advocacy and expansion, to climate actions and protection of our local environment, we did so much together with you.
And we’ve done it all through the incredible efforts of our volunteer teams. Your support provides the materials and supplies that they need to make change a reality.
As 2017 began, we built community.
Our volunteers reached out to over 150 merchants about the Long Beach Bag law- work no one else would do.
We turned out 80% of the comments on the LIPA & PSEG LI revised plan to include more renewables.
Then we put our fundraising efforts into machine washable reusable bags for those who needed them, instead of our operations…
Because it all needed to be DONE.
None would have happened without our team.
SPRING CLIMATE CHANGED
We helped kick off the Long Beach Bag Law with help from so many on Earth Day.
The next week we helped 1000 successfully join the People’s Climate March in Long Beach with our partner organizations.
With those partners, we organized the LI Climate Summit, where over 200 attendees workshopped on ways to address climate change.
SUMMER OF SUN
With help from our friends at EmPower Solar we launched a far-reaching talk on Long Island community solar.
We helped drive public turnout to hear about the Off Shore Wind Farm off Long Beach
Our Nassau-County-wide reusable bag campaign kicked off in Sea Cliff and Lynbrook, including building teams of local volunteers.
We joined in the Long Beach edition of International Coastal Clean Up day with many incredible partners.
FALL TO NOW
We brought together many partners for the local screening of “Ocean Frontiers 3”, with an amazing panel discussion.
Our Sea Cliff Team made huge strides meeting 600 petition signers in one day, with additional events now involving the Village of Sea Cliff.
We helped remove over 300 pounds of recyclables & trash with the Town of Hempstead at Lido Town Beach
We raised another 900 bags donated from companies, making the total given away this year to over 1600 so everyone can bring their own bag!!
As we go into the new year, support is needed for All Our Energy’s important work to continue into 2018. As a 501c3 organization, all donations to All Our Energy are tax deductible.
LIPA said “whoa”, and rejected this round, in investing in more off shore wind, new solar farms, and pretty much anything they had going.
Then, at yesterday’s board meeting, the attitude of some of them was that they “have time” to act.
Our volunteer Joanne was there to speak and told them these delays are a huge disappointment, and that no, they don’t have time to stop climate change by putting off decisions. Thank You Joanne!
Obviously, we are going to raise a giant stink that they have now reneged on their MANDATED 300 megawatts of renewables in the pipeline by 2018.
This is EXACTLY WHY these supposed mandates (“50% renewables by 2030” anyone? “up to 2400 megawatts of off shore wind by 2030”??) Its all meaningless when Every…Single….Time these state agencies fail to produce what is REQUIRED of themselves which are ALREADY so watered down to a minimal number and extended timeline in the first place.
Remember, the groups in the Off Shore Wind Alliance were pushing for what was thought a reasonably realistic and imperative first start of 5000 megawatts of off shore wind by 2025…
It does not bode well and it is nonsense to talk about a 25 or even 50 cent rate increase as being an issue for needed renewables, when every home was mandated to pay $4 a month for the profits bailout for upstate nuclear power plants with virtually no public input or response to objections.
The off shore wind campaign continues, as will our community solar effort to get the renewables we desperately need on to the grid… and Sea Cliff says GO!!
We had a great turnout at the launch of our reusable bag campaign at Creative Arts Studio in Sea Cliff as our first locality in Nassau. Volunteer members who join the All Our Energy team, can act to build and expand the campaign in their local community with us, and we will empower them to help push the campaign locally. Thanks for all the hard Work To John, Lorraine, and Tracy who got the Sea Cliff movement off the ground.
LIPA and PSEG are poised to go with renewables and not build the 5 billion dollars in new shale gas power plants that were proposed… this is pretty huge!
This week’s hearings are crucial! We would love to have you come down Wednesday June 21 or Thursday June 22 for the LIPA and PSEG “Integrated Resource Plan” (IRP), public hearings on the next decade of our electricity system. Our future needs you there!
We need as many people as possible at the 6/21 1PM hearing in Smithtown, where the media will be. We are also focusing on the 6/22 evening session in Mineola (Details on all is Below)
Here is our quote for the press release:
“As a triumph in the fight against climate change and a bold move to economic and efficient renewables, we applaud the Integrated Resource Plan” said George Povall, Director of All Our Energy. “Saving billions of dollars in unnecessary fossil fuel plants, and avoiding their pollution is just smart, and LIPA should invest now in even more cost conscious, climate saving off shore wind to make that a reality.”
We had a busy week. After our strong group meeting, we went to the LIPA Board of Trustees to push for off shore wind with our allies.We told them we support them in fulfilling their legal obligation to purchase 400 Megawatts of renewables by 2018, of which only 190 have been filled since 2014, and that time is running out. We believe they are listening and with your help, will continue to support them to honor that obligation.
George Povall, Director of All Our Energy, was honored by Sierra Club Long Island Group as environmentalist of the year for 2016, citing worknon offshore wind and reducing plastic bag pollution.
“I thank Sierra Club Long Island Group for all you do and for all the support you’ve given myself and our organization, All Our Energy. I’m very honored to receive 2016 Environmentalist of the Year award, and very humbled to be recognized with the amazing Beth Fiteni of Green Inside And Out Consulting.”
“This is thanks to the work and dedication of so many people on our team who keep our work going with friendship and dedication,” he said, “and who make positive change a reality! Thank you also to Sally Keller for the spectacular watercolor. A very special day.”
To start the year, on Wednesday 1/4/17 at 7pm we will hold an informal talk at Long Beach Public Library RSVP Here
Find out how together, we will support each other in the current political climate. Then, we will strengthen your ability to act, and be the solution to the issues at hand. Teams are forming now that will define our work this year- be a part of it!
Be part of the talk as we team up to discuss how to make our advocacy count this year with your volunteer help.
Help establish our media / quick response team to address the media as well as attacks on social media and other teams.
Work to help Long Beach eliminate single use bags, advocate for renewables-maybe even start our own project, fight bad investments in fossil fuels that can block renewables, and insist leaders take climate action.
We will talk of advocacy in the new bullying atmosphere, as environmental gains brace for attack. Instead, let’s build your power and organize around a message that makes the most impact.
In an incredible way to end an incredible year, over 150 attended the largest off shore wind rally held yet, on 12/20, to help LIPA know that wind is their way forward.
Thanks to all who came out-to our own State Senator Todd Kaminsky, Senator Phil Boyle, and to all the partner organizations – Sane Energy Project, Renewable Energy Long Island, Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, Sierra Club Beyond Coal, National Wildlife Federation, Long Island Federation of Labor, Food and Water Watch, NYPIRG, and all the others who made this such a resounding success.
photo courtesy of Lisa Oldendorp
We also thank our volunteer Joanne Moore, who then went in and spoke for us at the LIPA Board meeting.
She told them “It’s LIPA’s turn to move forward and “refocus our energy”. By choosing environment-saving off shore wind now, you can assure New York’s leadership will reap the job, cost, and clean energy benefits just waiting to be claimed for this and the next generation. It’s time we grab ahold of the clean energy economy that awaits to be the legacy of those who act. ”
Thanks so much also to Lisa Oldendorp, Jerry Rivers, Jay Blackman, Karen Miller, Janis Abrams and so many others who helped All Our Energy represent at this event!