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Hundreds of students, many holding placards bearing expressions like “There is no planet B” and “Listen to the cries of the world,” gathered outside the capitol.
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Youth-led climate strikes and marches took place all over the world today, putting out the call to politicians and businesses to address climate change. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was in Albany’s West Capitol Park.

Green New Deal forum at the Albany Public Library.
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In February, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey introduced a Green New Deal resolution: a set of proposed economic stimulus programs to address climate change and racial and social economic inequalities. Over the weekend, about 100 people attended a Green New Deal forum at the Albany Public Library.

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in Plattsburgh
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Among the stateside races, the contest for New York comptroller often gets little attention from voters. But there’s still lots of interest in the post itself as incumbent Tom DiNapoli faces three challengers.

New York is taking steps to accomplish Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of generating half of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
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Clean energy advocates are holding an informational forum tonight in Albany to share the potential benefits of group-purchasing electricity.

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Local officials are bringing their concerns about a proposed natural gas power plant in downtown Albany to power the Empire State Plaza to the governor.

Former EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck addressed the crowd in Academy Park across from Albany City Hall
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President Donald Trump's early June announcement that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord has been sharply criticized by environmental advocates  who have been organizing protests and demonstrations.

New York is taking steps to accomplish Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of generating half of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo's goal of generating half of New York’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030 has apparently caused some re-thinking on how to accomplish that goal.

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A broad coalition of lawmakers and environmental, faith and community organizations have joined forces to urge the New York State Comptroller to take action to fight climate change.

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Clean energy advocates are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers to ramp up plans for large scale renewable energy beyond the $1.5 billion over 10 years proposed this month by the New York State Energy Resource Development Authority.

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We can't stop climate change at this point, but we can reduce how devastating it will be. That’s according to a coalition of more than 70 environmental, faith and labor groups have launched a campaign on this Earth Day to require New York to transition to 100 percent clean energy by 2030.

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Long-time anti-poverty advocate Mark Dunlea became the face and voice of the Hunger Action Network of New York State, leading the activist group for 29 years. He's decided to step down and pursue another cause - Dunlea recently sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

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The Hunger Action Network of New York has new leadership.

Hunger Action Network, started in 1982, is a statewide membership organization of emergency food providers, advocates, faith groups and low-income New Yorkers whose goal is to end hunger and its root causes, including poverty, in New York.

Long time "frontman" for the organization, executive director Mark Dunlea, is leaving the agency after 29 years to work on climate change

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Across America, it is a week of dichotomy. For many, Thursday means a massive feast, but Thanksgiving also helps shed light on the 17 percent of Americans who struggle with food insecurity. Faith groups, low-income residents, anti-hunger groups, and Congressman Paul Tonko assembled today in Albany at Emmanuel Baptist Church for the annual Thanksgiving Action Against Hunger.

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A broad coalition of farming, conservation and environmental organizations are applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo for approving legislation that will strengthen the state’s local-food economy and protect New York farms.

The coalition is excited that Cuomo has approved food-related bills, hailing them as "good for farmers and consumers."  Mark Dunlea is Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State.  "The one we've been working on the hardest had been to get the state to begin to collect data on how much local food they were actually purchasing."

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Anti-hunger groups are calling on one of New York's U.S. Senators to block cuts to food stamps.

Anti-hunger activists have launched a statewide campaign urging New York Senator Chuck Schumer to vote against any farm bill that includes cuts in food-stamp funding. They also want Schumer to push to restore recent cuts.

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While the focus has been on the partial federal government shut down, another important piece of legislation, the federal Farm Bill, has also expired.  New York’s lead lobbyist for farmers is in Washington meeting with congressional representatives and their staffs trying to figure out what to do next.