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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