Get Your Employer or Organization to Participate in the goNewHavengo CarFree Competition This September

goNewHavengo‘s mission is to promote health and well-being across the region by advancing safe, cost-effective, and convenient transportation for getting into and around New Haven. It does this by collaborating with communities, government agencies, businesses, schools, and NGOs in New Haven and across Connecticut to plan outreach and awareness events, design specialized strategies to reduce car dependency, encourage local leaders to champion sustainable mobility, and advocate for a multi-modal transportation system that services everyone.

One of its principal programs is the CarFree Competition, which began in 2014. Businesses, government agencies, and organizations, as well as individuals, compete to cut their transporation emissions by telecommuting, walking, biking, car/vanpooling, or taking the bus or train in September.

The number of individuals and the amount of emissions avoided has been growing, but the number of businesses and organizations participating went down last year. Get your employer or organization in which you’re a member to participate so that everyone can see how easy and beneficial it can be to commute in more sustainable ways.

The New Haven Climate Emergency Call to Action Day Has Been Changed from Today to Thursday

The New Haven Climate Movement‘s “Climate Emergency – A Call to Action” has been delayed due to rain from today to Thursday, August 10.

The New Haven community is invited to mobilize against climate change, joining the events at any point during the day between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm to hear or even give sidewalk speeches on immediate challenges to our environment. People are especially invited to come to City Hall at 5:15. Here are the times and places throughout the day:

The Intersection of Church St & Chapel St: 7 am – 9:30 am
In Front of Wells Fargo Bank on Church St: 9:45 am – 11:30 am
In Front of Yale New Haven Hospital: 12 pm – 2:30 pm
The Intersection of Whalley Ave and Orchard St: 3 pm – 4:45
In Front of City Hall: 5:15 pm – 6 pm
Informal Gathering on the green: 6 pm 7 pm

Volunteers Sought for Quinnipiac River Cleanup Committee

The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association has formed a Quinnipiac River Cleanup Committee (QRCC) that will facilitate year-round watershed cleanup and improvements.

This could include anything from an area cleanup to a larger mitigation project.

The Quinnipiac River Cleanup Committee will establish direct access for the public to report any issues that impact the watershed.
The Goals of the QRCC:
  • Create a sustainable committee that will work to improve the entire Quinnipiac River Watershed and in turn, your local community.
  • Achieve a partnership with local volunteers in each of the watershed towns to help with any projects that are undertaken by the QRWA.
  • Establish a local contact that will assist to organize local volunteers on an “as needed bases”
  • Obtain sponsorship from local businesses to help cover the cost of projects undertaken by the QRCC
  • Initiate a process to ensure that resolutions will be prioritized and resolved in a timely manner.

Interested people wishing to volunteer should contact the Quinnipiac River Cleanup Committee Chair, Tim Cutler, at qrivercleanup@att.net

To volunteer for other committees, see the Association’s Volunteer page.

What to Do with Connecticut’s Piece of the VW Settlement

Connecticut is getting $55 million from the fund set up by VW due to its ruses regarding its “clean” diesels, which dirtied the air throughout the country. The League of Conservation Voters is recommending that CT residents tell Gov. Malloy to use the funds to help replace diesel school buses with electric school buses.

Here is the page for e-mailing Gov. Malloy, and below is my edited version of the League’s language on the page linked to above.

The Volkswagen settlement will give Connecticut $55 million for the purpose of cleaning up the air VW’s diesels dirtied over the years. Please spend it on transitioning from diesel to zero-emissions electric school buses, reducing toxic diesel pollution. This will protect the health of the 467,000 kids who ride buses to and from school in Connecticut, as well as the air of the communities they drive through every day.

This is the best use of Connecticut’s VW Mitigation Trust Fund.

What You Can Do to Help Conserve Long Island Sound

The Long Island Sound Study (LISS) website has a great Volunteer Opportunities page. It lists volunteer opportunities relating to the conservation of Long Island Sound with over 30 different nonprofits and government agencies in CT, and even more in NY state.

The biggest annual event, International Coastal Cleanup, is in September. Save Our Sound, a program of the CT Fund for the Environment, organizes the cleanup in CT. Here is a link to the Calendar for the cleanup (but events have not been put up yet). Also check out the Don’t Trash LI Sound’s media center page.

The LISS website also has a What You Can Do page that links to five different sections of the website. The sections are In Your Home, Around Your Backyard, In and Around Your School, In and Around the Sound, and Curbing Polluted Storm Water Runoff.

 

Show Up At Court to Support Two New Haveners Charged with Interfering with Police at a White Supremacy Event on the Green

Show up, as a show of solidarity, for Barbara and DraMese Fair’s court date tomorrow, 10-11 am, New Haven Superior Court, 121 Elm St (at Church St), New Haven, CT.  They were arrested during the July 8 rally against white supremacists on the New Haven Green, for disorderly conduct and for allegedly interfering with police. See the New Haven Register article on what occurred. Also check out the Facebook page for the event, which gives specific instructions for those attending.

Barbara Fair is a prominent community activist and grassroots organizing leader. DraMese is her nephew.

 

Demonstrate Today to Get Rosa DeLauro to Support the Medicare for All Act

Today, in New Haven, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Medicare for All CT and Colleges Organizing for Medical Access of Connecticut (COMA-CT) are holding a companion event to the national Millions Marching for Medicare for All.  There will be a demonstration outside of Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s office in New Haven (59 Elm St., between Church and Orange) to encourage her and the rest of the CT House Delegation to cosponsor H.R. 676, Rep. John Conyers’ (D-MI) Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act. The majority of House Democrats have signed the bill; DeLauro is one of a few holdouts left in the Progressive Caucus.

The Left is increasingly realizing that the Affordable Care Act is not enough, that a public-private solution means large ongoing increases in health exchange insurance rates and millions without insurance or sufficient access to health care.

You can also sign a petition asking CT’s House Delegation to support the Medicare for All Act.