Climate Activists Turn Up the Heat on NY Gov. Cuomo With Sit-In

Dozens of young New Yorkers on Wednesday are occupying the Manhattan office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo to demand he reject fossil fuel money.

“We’re here fighting for the people that we love and the places we call home,” said one of the activists with the Sunrise Movement, the youth-led group behind the action.

 
Specifically, the group is asking Cuomo to sign the “No Fossil Fuel Money” pledge, a vow to “not take contributions from the oil, gas, and coal industry and instead prioritize the health of our families, climate, and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits.”

The New York sit-in is part of the Sunrise Movement’s Heat Week campaign—a slate of actions aimed at confronting “Big Oil’s corruption of our democracy.”

“We’ll send a message loud and clear” to politicians, says a call-to-action, “take a stand and drop Big Oil, or we’ll replace you with someone who will.”

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