Sometimes the things we humans do are so mind-bogglingly short sighted, it makes you question whether we really could have evolved by natural selection. Case in point: The 62,000 tiny pieces of plastic per square kilometer that are floating in the Hudson River, getting mixed up with fish food and potentially slowly, slowly making its way up the food chain into our own bodies.
It’s been 6 months since NYC’s historic Climate March brought 400,000 people to the streets to demand climate action. So what have those climate activists been doing to build on that incredible momentum?
As it turns out, quite a bit.
Remember the congestion pricing plan that was floated by the Bloomberg administration back in 2008? It had its critics and it had its flaws, and it ultimately died a death in the State Assembly, in no small part thanks to Sheldon Silver’s opposition. But it is a new day, a new administration, and Move NY has proposed a new congestion pricing plan (read the full plan here).
Things have changed a lot in the past seven years, obviously. But have they changed enough to transform our transportation system?
Did you know that today marks the beginning of the largest annual human migration? Today, the Lunar New Year celebrations begin for Chinese populations all over the world, and in China alone, 2.8 million people who live away from home will travel across China to visit their families for the beginning of the fifteen day holiday. All together, one sixth of the world’s total population will be celebrating the beginning of the Year of the Sheep. Or Goat. Or Ram.
The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit research and education organization, just released its New York Solar Jobs Census. The district-level Census found that New York’s solar industry employed 7,284 New Yorkers in 2014 and added nearly 2,100 solar jobs over the previous year. New York’s 40% solar industry employment growth allowed it to move to 4th in rankings of highest number of solar jobs by state. Solar employment in New York grew nearly 40 times faster than the state’s employment growth rate of 1.1 percent during the same period.
Vote for Brooklyn’s worthiest local food heroes in Edible Brooklyn’s award contest honoring the farmers, food non profits, restaurants, “food artisans” and merchants who have contributed the most to Brooklyn’s fascinating food culture.
And we’re pleased as punch to see Solar One pals Brooklyn Grange Farm and Eagle Street Rooftop Farm on the short list- good luck, you guys!
You can vote via a short survey here. Voting ends Sunday February 22 and the winners will be announced on Monday February 23.