“…if we don’t stop burning oil and coal, the Big Apple will be cooked.”

The Yes Men, “New York Post,” September 21, 2009, p. 1 (2009.76.3)

The Yes Men, “New York Post,” September 21, 2009, pp. 2-3 (2009.76.3)

It’s Coming!
City report says extreme storms, flooding, deadly heat waves coming soon if we don’t make changes fast.

It’s official. It’s getting hot down here. And if we don’t stop burning oil and coal, the Big Apple will be cooked.

According to a high tech study commissioned by a concerned Mayor Bloomberg and generously funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, climate change caused by human-created greenhouse gases is threatening the health, livelihood and security of New Yorkers—especially those who take the subway to work.

The New York City Panel on Climate Change, led by an elite team of NASA scientists and climate experts from Columbia, CUNY and Rutgers, has concluded that unless carbon emissions are drastically reduced all over the world, New York faces dangerous increases in temperature (up to 7.5 degrees), extreme weather (hurricanes and intense storms) and sea level rise (as much as 4.5 feet)…

On the personal level, we need to drive less, and use bikes and public transport instead. We need to buy local food at farmers’ markets instead of stuff flown halfway across the world, and we need to make sure local farmers have all the incentives they need to sell food to us cheaply. And of course we need to produce our own energy by installing solar panels on top of our buildings, so that we stop using coal-produced electricity (we’ll save money besides). But most importantly, we need to put pressure on government—local, state and federal—to convert our entire energy systems to sustainable sources like solar and wind… (2009.76.3)

The Yes Men, “New York Post,” September 21, 2009, pp. 4-5 (2009.76.3)

The Yes Men, “New York Post,” September 21, 2009, pp. 6-7 (2009.76.3)

The Yes Men, “New York Post,” September 21, 2009, pp. 12-13 (2009.76.3)

“SPECIAL EDITION” NEW YORK POST from The Yes Men on Vimeo.

New York’s favorite tabloid got a face-lift of sorts one day before the city hosted a major UN summit on climate change. Distributed by over 2000 volunteers throughout New York City, an eco-conscious but otherwise pitch-perfect replica of the New York Post, created by a coalition of activists including the Yes Men, was handed out across the city as a wake-up call to action on climate change.

Although the 32-page Post is a fake, everything in it is 100% true, with all facts carefully checked by a team of editors and climate change experts. The cover story (“We’re Screwed”) reports the frightening conclusions of a blue-ribbon panel of scientists commissioned by the mayor’s office to determine the potential effects of climate change on the City. That report was released in February, 2009, but received very little press at the time. Other lead articles describe the Pentagon’s alarmed response to global warming (“Clear & Present Disaster”), the US government’s sadly minuscule response to the crisis (“Congress Cops Out on Climate”), China’s alternative energy program (“China’s Green Leap Forward Overtakes US”), and how if the US doesn’t quickly pass a strong climate bill, the crucial Copenhagen climate talks in December could be a “Flopenhagen.”

The paper made its debut on the same week that Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon was to push 100 world leaders to make serious commitments to reduce carbon emissions in the lead-up to the Copenhagen climate conference in December, 2009. Ban has said that the world has “less than 10 years to halt (the) global rise in greenhouse gas emissions if we are to avoid catastrophic consequences for people and the planet,” adding that Copenhagen is a “once-in-a-generation opportunity.” theyesmen.org

Global Climate Strike, 20-27th of September 2019, with more than 4638 events in 139 countries on six continents.

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