Make Polluters Pay Event

On October 15, 2020, NYPIRG and our partners, NYRenews and NY Youth Climate Leaders, held a very special Zoom event with New York Attorney General Letitia James. Grassroots advocates, climate advocacy partners, and our keynote speaker discussed how to #MakePollutersPay for the environmental and climate destruction that they have caused.

This digital assembly of the people, viewed online by over 200 virtual attendees, offered participants the opportunity to learn how we can hold corporate polluters responsible for their actions — through the legal system, through policy, and through organizing. We discussed:

  • The Attorney General’s work fighting back federal environmental regulatory rollbacks and pursuing environmental polluters;
  • The different policies at play in New York State that can hold climate polluters accountable; and
  • How we can organize together to win!

For decades, the fossil fuel industry and others have misled the public about their role in causing the climate crisis and in polluting New York's air and water. As New York looks to clean up this pollution, protect natural resources, and combat climate change, it should be polluters footing the bill.

For more information about this campaign, or to get involved, please contact us. Thank you!

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Assembly report confirms attorney general's findings that Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women  (WXXI, November 22, 2021)
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Gov. Hochul’s Penn Station revamp being planned in secrecy, watchdogs say  (New York Post, November 18, 2021)
Group Calls On Governor to Modernize Bottle Bill  (Hudson Valley Press, November 17, 2021)
Group advocates for larger bottle deposit  (Mid-Hudson News, November 16, 2021)
Ethics regulators rescind Cuomo book deal approval  (Spectrum News, November 16, 2021)
JCOPE rescinds approval of Cuomo book deal  (CBS 6 Albany, November 16, 2021)
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Hochul is urged to expand New York bottle bill, report says  (Staten Island Advance, November 13, 2021)
Cost of Cuomo scandal: Where could taxpayer money go and how much?  (ABC News 10, November 12, 2021)
NYPIRG: Update Bottle Bill After 40 Years  (Hudson Mohawk Magazine, November 11, 2021)
Local Advocacy Groups Submit "Bigger Better Bottle" Bill to Gov. Hochul  (WICZ Fox 40 Binghamton, November 10, 2021)
Advocates call on Hochul to expand NY's Bottle Bill  (WBFO-FM, November 10, 2021)
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