What We Do
We, the youth of New York State, will experience the full effects of the climate crisis, understanding that it is our future at stake. Similarly, we know that the climate crisis already disproportionately impacts frontline communities in our state, especially people of color, Indigenous peoples, and the elderly. It is therefore our responsibility to step up and speak out in the face of continued governmental inaction on this crisis.
As the New York Youth Climate Leaders, we mobilize our fellow youth from across the state to combat the existential threat of climate change. Members and their organizations plug into an inclusive statewide network of impassioned youth activists, and are supplied with resources, collaboration, and community to facilitate the growth of their activism.
NY²CL advocates for a comprehensive policy platform centered in environmental justice that attempts to address all facets of climate change, from opposing the expansion of fossil fuels, to ensuring that every New Yorker has the basic human right to clean air and water. But the climate crisis doesn’t end with environmental destruction, it also exacerbates all other issues facing our state including systemic racism, economic injustice, and rampant societal inequality. Therefore, we approach our advocacy from a multitude of different angles, ranging from lobbying our elected officials to protesting outside their offices.
Central to our existence is the idea that all voices have the power to induce positive change, no matter their age or background. Throughout New York, there is a vast array of individuals and organizations, all fighting the same fight. Our mission is to unite the state as one movement, strengthening our climate family and growing together to form a united front in the face of the climate crisis.
Fossil Fuel Subsidies Press Conference
In October, we held a virtual press conference releasing our letter signed by 180 organizations, calling on Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Assembly to end fossil fuel subsidies and pass A.257C. You can check out our press release, sign on letter, and watch a recording of the press conference here!
Tax the Rich
Green New Deal Leaders Debut
In September, we rallied with our allies at the Movement for a Green New Deal Coalition to demand that we tax the top 1% to fund a #GreenNewDeal4NY! The rally featured our new progressive slate of legislators including: Jabari Brisport, Jessica González-Rojas, Zohran Kwame Mamdani, Phara Souffrant Forrest, and Marcela Mitaynes.
Movement for a Green New Deal Rapid Response Action
In August, we joined up with our allies at the Movement for a Green New Deal Coalition for a rally in the Rockaways to tell Governor Cuomo that we need a #GreenNewDeal for New York State.
Albany Budget Justice Action
In August of 2020, we joined up with our allies at the Budget Justice Coalition for a protest to #MakeBillionairesPay outside of Governor Cuomo's Albany mansion.
Honeoye Falls Strike for a Green New Deal
In July 2020, our Rochester members held a protest for a #GreenNewDeal4NY in Honeoye Falls in solidarity with our allies at the Movement for a Green New Deal Coalition!
Chalking for Budget Justice
In June of 2020, after being told to leave Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins' office for trying to do some socially distanced chalking for #BudgetJustice, we chalked at home instead!
Chalking for the FFDA
The NY State Legislature resumed session for a few days this May, and we did some (socially distanced!) chalking for the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act at the Capital building in Albany and outside of Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins' district office.
Virtual Youth Lobby Day
On April 21, 2020, we held a virtual youth lobby day where over 100 youth held dozens of meetings with NYS legislators encouraging them to sign onto the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act.
Earth Day Strike
On Earth Day 2020 we held a virtual divestment climate strike.
Earth Week 2020
Climate Art Challenge
We held different climate challenges and livestreams each day during Earth Week 2020!
Statewide Climate Strike
On February 28, 2020 our member orgs held strikes from NYC to Rochester outside of NYS local assembly and senate offices. These strikes called on elected officials to support a Green New Deal for NYS.
In January, we hosted call-a-thons where our members encouraged their representatives to support a Green New Deal for NYS.
In December of 2019 we held a launch strike in Rochester, our first event as an organization!