New York City, home to 8.6 million people, is already experiencing the brunt of the climate crisis. Six years ago, Hurricane Sandy flooded the city, destroying 650,000 homes and leaving 7.5 million people without power, a devastation New Yorkers still remember vividly today. But this city, known for its tenacity and resilient diaspora communities, is not giving up.
Communities are organizing on the ground to pass the Climate Mobilization Act through City Council, to fight the Williams Pipeline, and pushing for a statewide level to pass the Climate and Community Protection Act. New York City, home to the United Nations Headquarters, can be a pivotal climate game changer and carries the responsibility to amplify local grassroots movements, fights, and successes at a global scale.