New York City’s clean water supply is currently being threatened by a method of natural gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing. Community organizations are racing to prevent the reckless endangerment of local ecosystems and communities -- the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland and a NYTimes series are raising public awareness, even in the face of the looming expiration date of the temporary moratorium preventing fracking in the state.
With the Governor telling us again that the fracking decision for New York is weeks away, it's time to reserve your seat on the bus for a big anti-fracking rally taking place in Albany onJune 17th.
New York stands at a crossroads; this is our moment to decide the course of history.
Here is the information:
WHAT: New York Crossroads: An Anti-Fracking & Pro-Renewables Rally
WHEN: Monday, June 17th, 12pm-3pm
WHERE: Rally and March in East Capitol Lawn, Albany, NY
TRANSPORTATION: Sign up for Buses here.
SPEAKERS & PERFORMERS: Natalie Merchant, Arun Gandhi, Sandra Steingraber, Lois Gibbs (and more to be added soon!)
On Wednesday, June 17, 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor, where she has stood as our nation’s symbol of freedom ever since.
On Monday, June 17, 2013, citizens from across New York—from Long Island to Niagara Falls—will arrive in Albany to demand freedom from dirty energy, calling on Governor Cuomo to reject fracking and lead the nation in constructing a renewable energy economy here and now in New York.
At this march and rally, the anti-fracking movement will, for the first time, join with business leaders, faith leaders, health professionals, elected officials, farmers, and youth to demand the renewable energy jobs that our families and communities want and deserve. New York is at a crossroads. In one direction: more ruinous dependency on dirty, dangerous fossil fuels. This path requires we blow apart the bedrock of our state and inject it with toxic chemicals. Providing only temporary, dangerous jobs, it leads to accidents, explosions, poisoned water, polluted air, contaminated food, public health disasters and climate catastrophe. This road chains us to the past and ransoms our children’s future. Running in the other direction is the road to renewable energy based on wind, water, and sunlight. This path leaves our communities unfractured and provides long-term, safe jobs to New Yorkers. This path creates an infrastructure that will not cost us the water we drink, the air we breathe or the health of our children. This path will make New York a leader in energy independence and, once more, a beacon of hope for the world. This path is the one we demand because our lives literally depend on it.
Governor Cuomo has said, “We will not allow the national paralysis over climate change to stop us from pursuing the necessary path for the future.”
We agree. Here in New York, where we have watched our subways fill with seawater and witnessed Hurricanes Irene, Lee and Sandy wash away our communities, we now call on our governor to reject the climate-destroying practice of fracking and take aggressive strides towards a 100% renewable energy economy.
On June 17th, we invite people from every corner of New York State to gather at the State Capitol in Albany. Here, we will stand united to demand that Governor Cuomo reject fracking and blaze a trail to a renewable energy future.
Join us for this historic event as we rally in the East Capitol Lawn and march in the streets surrounding the Capitol building.
The moment of power is now!
What: New York Crossroads: Rally to Stop Fracking and Demand Renewable Energy
When: Monday, June 17th, 12pm-3pm
Where: Rally and March in East Capitol Lawn, Albany, NY
Transportation: Sign up for buses here
Sponsored by: New Yorkers Against Fracking, Food & Water Watch, Frack Action, Catskill Mountainkeeper, NYPIRG, Citizen Action of New York, Environment New York, United for Action, Citizens Environmental Coalition, Alliance for a Green Economy, Sierra Club-Atlantic Chapter, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Save The Southern Tier, and many more!