In this week's Newsletter: Environmental justice: what it is and why you should care, David Koch steps down from the AMNH board, how noisy is your neighborhood and much more!
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Environmental Justice: The Link Between Poverty and Climate Change



Climate change is projected to have profound effects across the globe, but its effects are not distributed evenly, either at home or abroad. Poor communities and communities of color often have more truck routes, are closer to freeways, have more industrial zoning and less environmental enforcement than affluent, whiter neighborhoods. Across the globe, tiny island nations are being submerged as a result of behavior they largely couldn't participate in (the global fossil fuel industry), while parts of Africa, Asia and South America are being devastated to satisfy the consumer needs of people all over the world.

This video from Grist.org explains the impacts of climate change and the disproportionate effects it has on those who have the least. An ongoing example is the Flint water crisis in Michigan, which has poisoned a city of 100,000 people with lead contaminated water. Want to help out? Here's a link to five ways you can do just that, from the Huffington Post.

David Koch Leaves Board of American Museum of Natural History

After 23 years serving on the board of the American Museum of Natural History, one of the country's most prestigious science museums, billionaire businessman David Koch has stepped down. This decision comes after a nine month campaign to get the board to dismiss Koch, on the basis of the funding he and his brother Charles give to climate deniers. A letter to the board, signed by groups like the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, as well as dozens of scientists,claimed that a climate denier had no place on the board of a science museum. The movement to have Koch removed was started by the Natural History Museum.

While everyone has denied that the letter and campaign had anything to do with Koch's decision to leave (he claims he needs to spend his philanthropic time and money  on cancer research), it's hard to believe that the negative publicity didn't have any effect at all. You can read more at NYMag.com here.

Mapping the City's Noise Complaints: How Loud Is Your Block?

Loud music, construction noise, truck traffic, ice cream trucks- New York is a noisy city, but some noises are so annoying they get reported to 311, the city's general help and information phone line. Based on the complaints received in 2015, a group of programmers put together this neat interactive map that shows where and when complaints are the most frequent. You can see how your block compares to those around you- some blocks are definitely noisier than others.

Or, possibly, some people are more likely to complain than others. The number of calls doesn't necessarily correlate to the noise levels. Some people may be more tolerant of noise than others. Either way, this map is interesting a a lot of fun!
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Antifreeze 2016: A Gowanus Canal Conservancy Fundraiser
littlefield, 622 Degraw Street bet 4th & 5th Aves, Brooklyn, 7-11:55pm, $20-$125

Winter E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center (East Elmhurst)
Waldbaum Shopping Center,77th Street bet 30th & 31st Aves, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

Winter E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center (Ridgewood)
Rosemary’s Playground, Fairview Avenue bet Woodbine & Madison Sts, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

1/31
Winter E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center (Upper East Side)
92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue bet 91st & 92nd Sts, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

2/2
Behind the Meter: Energy Storage at Different Scales
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $10 general admission/$5 partner organizations

Post Paris COP 21 Business Climate
Baruch College, Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity, 151 East 25th Street, Room 750, between 3rd & Lexington Aves, Manhattan, 6-8pm, free

2/4
New York City Safe Energy Coalition Meeting
NYU School of Law, Furman Hall, 245 Sullivan St, Seminar Room 120, bet 3rd & 4th Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-9pm, free 
 
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