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News Advisory: NY Statewide Event to Honor 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Advocates release letter supporting NY's investment in the environment and public health infrastructure, bond act

(Albany) This year's NYS Earth Day advocacy day, focusing on New York State's policy role in safeguarding the environment, will be held virtually on April 22nd from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Honoring the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, two dozen advocacy organizations representing different aspects of environmental protection are hosting an event with discussions with the state's Environmental Conservation Committee Chairs, the Department of Environmental Conservation (which marks the 50th anniversary of its creation on April 22nd as well), and more. Over 200 people have registered to participate as of Monday morning.

Click HERE to register.

The coalition will be releasing a joint letter recognizing the changes that have been made since 1970 and New York's leadership ahead of federal requirements. The letter will call for maintaining support for the Clean Water Infrastructure Act, the Environmental Protection Fund, and to honor the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by ensuring the Restore Mother Nature Bond Act reaches voters in November.

Wednesday, April 22nd

  • 1:00 - 1:30 News Conference - Advocates will discuss Earth Day, the joint letter, and reflection on 50 years of progress. Reporters who register in advance by replying to this email will be able to ask questions directly.
  • Speakers:  MC Roger Downs, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Jessica Ottney, The Nature Conservancy;; Cecil Corbin-Mark, WE ACT for Environmental Justice; Andy Bicking, Scenic Hudson; Liz Moran, NYPIRG
  • Video with Tom Jorling, former DEC Commissioner
  • 1:30- 1:50 Conversation with Executive Staff and advocates including Kathy Curtis, Clean and Healthy New York; Cecil Corbin-Mark, WE ACT; Andy Bicking, Scenic Hudson
  • 1:50-2:10  Conversation with Senator Todd Kaminsky, Environmental Conservation Committee Chair and advocates, including Patrick McClellen, NY LCV; Karen Miller, Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition; and Jeremy Cherson, Riverkeeper
  • 2:10-2:30 Conversation with Assemblymember Steve Englebright, Environmental Conservation Committee Chair, and advocates, including Kate Kurera, Environmental Advocates and Robin Dropkin, Parks & Trails New York

Video interviews with additional leaders and luminaries will be shared. As part of the effort, recorded interviews with over 15 policymakers from the NYS Assembly and Senate will be available via YouTube.

Organizations hosting the event are:

  • Adirondack Council
  • Alliance for Clean Energy New York
  • Audubon Society
  • Arbor Hill Development Corporation
  • Catskill Mountainkeeper
  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • Clean and Healthy New York
  • Environmental Advocates of New York
  • Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition
  • Green Inside and Out
  • Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition
  • New York Climate Reality Chapters Coalition
  • New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
  • New York League of Conservation Voters
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • New York Public Interest Research Group
  • New York Sustainable Business Council
  • Parks & Trails New York
  • PUSH Buffalo
  • Riverkeeper
  • Save the Sound
  • Scenic Hudson
  • Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
  • WE ACT for Environmental Justice


For immediate release: April 20, 2020

Contact: Bobbi Wilding, 518-708-3875

John Sheehan;; 518-441-1340

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