Update: 100 Artivists greeted Governor Andrew Cuomo in New York City to demand that he stop the Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility. Will you please help us create an even bigger Earth Day rally with more art, people and fun at his office next week?
Yesterday I joined 100 fracktivists in New York City to welcome Governor Andrew Cuomo. We descended on the Harvard Club, where the governor was attending a fundraiser, to let him know that it does not take an Ivy League education to know that fracked gas is bad for New York. It was an effective way to show him that while fracking is banned in New York, fracked gas from neighboring states like Pennsylvania and Maryland would be imported if Port Ambrose is constructed. If we truly stand with our friends who are fighting to end fracking in their communities, then we must say no to all fracked gas facilities.
We activated yesterday to tell the governor to veto the application for Port Ambrose and to commit to sane energy projects like wind and solar. But yesterday was only a dress rehearsal for the huge day of action we have planned for outside Cuomo's office next week for Earth Day. Can you please chip in to help us create more art dramatizing New York's desire to end our dependence on fracked fuels?
Cuomo agreed to ban fracking in New York only after months of activists following him to every event he attended like we did yesterday. Now, New York fracktivists want to take the next step and ban fracked gas, not just fracking wells, in the empire state. But to do that, we need to send Cuomo and Earth Day message he won't soon forget.
To dramatize the fact that Cuomo stands at a climate crossroad, we want to create some elaborate props, including puppets and interactive art displays for the public. This isn't just fun or decoration, it's part of how we show the governor and the public that we must choose between traveling a path to climate catastrophe, or paving a new road to our clean energy future. There's only one way forward for our planet: Governor Cuomo must veto Port Ambrose immediately.
Thank you so much for your support,
Anthony and the Artivists at Environmental Action
P.S. You can check out my email from last week just below.
We're descending on Governor Cuomo's Office this Earth Day with a message about our climate and fracking. Can you help us create interactive art dramatizing New York's choice to bust through our dependence on fracked fuels?
This Earth Day, a coalition of fracktivists and lawmakers is heading to Governor Andrew Cuomo's New York office to show him why he must choose renewable energy and clean air over fracked gas and climate chaos. To help him see this choice clearly, we're going to create an interactive art installation to mobilize people and show the governor we will not be denied.
Now picture this -- a huge Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) barge in the form of a pinata filled with miniature wind turbines and solar panels. Throughout the day multiple people will take turns hitting it until all of the turbines and solar panels fall out, sending the message that we are determined to bust through our dependence on fracked gas and ready to travel the renewables road . With your help we can make this picture a reality. Can I count on you to chip in $30 or more to help us celebrate earth day in smashing style?
The Port Ambrose fracked gas barge facility would be located off the coast of Long Island, and would be the first industrial project built in the region in 14 years. It would wreak havoc on the livelihood of fisherman, devastate recreational activities, create navigational hazards in one of the busiest ports in the country. Not to mention that a giant, explosive, fracked gas facility presents a national security risk to nearby airports like JFK and landmarks like the Statue of Liberty. To add insult to injury, it would block an area previously proposed for a wind farm that 90 percent of Long Island residents support.1
Governor Cuomo may have banned fracking in New York, but there is still more work to be done to keep fracked gas out of the state. We need to let the governor know that if fracking is not good for New York, then neither is importing fracked gas from our neighbors in states like Pennsylvania and Maryland. Make no mistake, we are at a climate crossroad and must choose right now between traveling a path to climate catastrophe, or paving a new road to a clean energy future. There's only one way forward for our planet: Governor Cuomo must veto Port Ambrose immediately. I can't think of a better day to deliver this message than Earth Day.
But to deliver a message that will be both memorable and undeniable, we're going to have to make our (Earth) day of action visual and picturesque -- kind of like the planet we're fighting to save. Please chip in $15, $30, $50 or $100 to help us celebrate Earth Day and send a message in style (did I mention we're trying to build a huge pinata?).
With your help we can bust through our reliance on fracked gas -- literally.
Thank You for taking action.
Anthony and the Artivists at Environmental Action
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