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Ordinary people doing extraordinary things... together!!!

Our mission is to use our time, resources, and life skills for two immense objectives: to protect our democracy and to end the era of fossil fuel and plastic. Third Act Upstate New York mobilizes elders for Third Act’s nationwide campaigns and we partner with climate and democracy groups throughout New York State on regional and local actions and events… and, we make “good trouble” of our own.

Third Act Upstate New York is in the NY Renews coalition and on its steering committee.  We are also active in the Renewable Heat Now coalition and partner with the NY Pubic Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) to advance climate legislation.

Third Act Upstate New York is in partnership with the Chautauqua Institute and The Civics Center on projects that promote intergenerational storytelling and participation in the electoral process.

We know that absolutely everyone has a role to play. That is how a movement works, and it is what a movement means.

Action plans – including those mentioned below – are developed within one of these three “action groups”:

1) Fossil Free Finance: engage in actions directed at the mega-banks and other financial institutions to stop funding the money pipeline to fossil fuel ventures and climate chaos; lend support to DivestNY campaigns directed at the NYS Common Retirement Fund and the NYS Teachers Retirement Fund; and, lead workshops and support groups on how to prevent bank deposits, credit cards, property insurance premiums, and investments from being used to finance the fossil fuel industry.

2) Democratize Energy: engage in actions to speed the transition from fossil fuel burning to clean renewable energy; urge the Legislature and Governor to fully fund and implement our landmark Climate Act; collaborate with Beyond Plastics to end pollution from the production, usage, and disposal of plastics; collaborate in climate advocacy before the Public Service Commission and other agencies; and, disseminate information about federal and state incentives for households to transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy.

3) Uplift Democracy & Voting: engage in actions to protect the integrity of democratic processes; promote student-led voter education and registration drives; mobilize Third Actors and their communities to elect environmental and pro-democracy candidates, with a particular focus on congressional campaigns in critical Upstate New York swing districts; host intergenerational storytelling workshops embracing climate justice and uplifting democracy.

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