Climate Justice

MP, SWL&P linemen line up to help Puerto Rico Newburgh Gazette

Hundreds of thousands of customers remain without electricity after powerful hurricanes hit the island in September. Ahead of crews' arrival in early January, APS is transporting vehicles and equipment via barges from the Port of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

About 3,500 lineworkers from Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the New York Power Authority, Con Ed and Army Corps of Engineers contractors are working in Puerto Rico now. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are planning to go to Puerto Rico to meet with local officials and see firsthand the work that remains to recover from Hurricane Maria. "Sanders", Blumenthal said. "We can not allow this administration to abandon fellow Americans and declare mission accomplished while half of Puerto Rico remains in the dark, clean drinking water is unavailable and thousands of people are living in temporary shelters". Read More



Anger Builds 100 Days After Maria Hit Puerto Rico

One hundred days ago, powerful Category 4 Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico leaving the island severely crippled and the more than 3 million U.S. citizens desperate for help.

Now, Puerto Ricans on the island and U.S. mainland are feeling angry and the lack of progress and they are organizing to demand help for Puerto Rico. Read more

100 days after Hurricane Maria, barely half of Puerto Rico has power

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico authorities said Friday that nearly half of power customers in the U.S. territory still lack electricity more than three months after Hurricane Maria, sparking outrage among islanders who accuse the government of mismanaging its response to the Category 4 storm.

Officials said 55 percent of the nearly 1.5 million customers have power, marking the first time the government has provided that statistic since Maria hit on Sept. 20 with winds of up to 154 mph. Officials had previously reported only power generation, which stands at nearly 70 percent of pre-storm levels. Read More

DOT partners with advocacy group to improve Sunset Park


BROOKLYN -The New York City Department of Transportation has been partnering with Uprose, a Sunset Park-based advocacy group, for the past two years on a new project to improve the neighborhood.

The goal is to improve connections between the residential and commercial neighborhood, as well as the industrial and recreational waterfront.

Climate action requires ‘local brilliance,’ Yeampierre tells YESS summit

When more than 300,000 people marched in the streets of New York City during the People’s Climate March, in September 2014, Elizabeth Yeampierre, a co-organizer of the event, made sure that young people of color stood at the front of the line.

'Our Power Puerto Rico', la campaña que busca colaborar con la reconstrucción de la isla

Activistas y organizaciones de Nueva York trabajan para recolectar materiales sustentables que sirvan en las zonas en donde el huracán María causó mayor devastación.

Latinos Leading On Climate Change

A recent study by Yale Climate Change Communications found that U.S. Latinos are significantly more worried about climate change than other groups and are willing to take action. They also tend to be more vulnerable to air pollution and extreme weather because of where they live and work.

Cómo construir un Puerto Rico que respete la justicia medioambiental

Elizabeth Yeampierre, destacada activista boricua, quiere que la recuperación de la isla tenga en consideración a los más pobres, normalmente más afectados por la contaminación y los desastres naturales.

Activists to mobilize for 5th anniversary of Sandy

As the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches next month, climate change activists are planning what organizers are calling a mass mobilization to demand that elected officials pay closer attention to the potential devastation brought on by drastic weather events like hurricanes.

Hear From City Council Candidates Ahead Of Next Week's Election

SUNSET PARK, BROOKLYN — Sunset Parkers have another chance to hear from the candidates vying to represent them on the New York City Council ahead of next week's primary election.

UPROSE, a nonprofit focused on climate change and racial justice that is very active in Sunset Park, is hosting a candidate forum on Wednesday with six of the candidates for office. It will take place at Marie Heim of Sunset Park, on 46th Street and Fourth Avenue, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Young People of Color Are Leading America’s Climate Justice Movement

Youths from diverse backgrounds gathered at New York's Climate Justice Youth Summit to focus on enacting local policies that combat climate change and protect communities of color threatened by its effects.

More than 500 youth of color gathered in Manhattan on Thursday, August 3 for the annual Climate Justice Youth Summit. When the Summit began six years ago, many of those in attendance might have never heard of the phrase "climate justice," which refers to the climate crisis and racial justice. Now, it's one of the nation's largest gathering working at that intersection.

These youth of color are organizing to address climate change

On Thursday morning, hundreds of young people of color received an urgent message: they couldn’t afford not to be leaders in the fight against climate change.

“We are descendants of colonization and slavery. You are the children of extraction. Extraction is now taking over the planet,” Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of UPROSE, said. “I want to see those fists up!’”

At the Climate Justice Youth Summit on Aug. 3 in New York City, speakers focused on the impact of climate change on people of color and called on youth of color to lead the fight against climate crises in their communities. The daylong event was the sixth of its kind hosted by UPROSE, a Brooklyn-based organization that promotes sustainability and cultural expression.

At a Climate Justice Fashion Show, the Kids Prove They're Gonna Be All Right

There’s not a ton of room for environmental optimism these days—optimism in general seems to have taken a leave of absence in the Trump age—but that wasn’t the case at the 6th annual Climate Justice Youth Summit (CJYS), hosted by UPROSE, a Latino community-based organization based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The summit billed itself as “the largest gathering of young people of color discussing the future of climate change in the country,” and around midday, hundreds of attendees aged six to 18 cheerfully packed tight into a light-filled chapel in Morningside Heights’ Union Theological Seminary for one of the day’s highlights: a fashion show.

Samuel Blackwood & Makayla Comas of UPROSE - The Importance of Environmental Activism

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Jóvenes se preparan en Nueva York para enfrentar los retos del cambio Climático Loading

La capital del mundo recibirá a más de 700 estudiantes con motivo de la Cumbre de la Juventud de la Justicia Nacional Climática, un encuentro que busca preparar a los sectores más vulnerables frente a los efectos del cambio climático. Elizabeth Yeampierre, directora ejecutiva de Uprose, indicó que este fenómeno “está afectando a nuestras comunidades y va a tener un impacto desastroso en esta generación”, razón que motivó el encuentro.

    True Climate Justice Puts Communities of Color First

    The day before the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC, Preyton Lambert—skinny, dreadlocked and sporting black-frame glasses—was getting hustled on a boulevard near the National Mall. Another boy restrained his arms, before throwing him to the ground. His cheek pressed against the pavement. Two girls recorded the encounter on their phones as a crowd looked on.