It's been a really busy week. We showed the film, Dear Governor Cuomo, at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY on Tuesday 2/12. The talks given after the film, by the filmmaker Jon Bowermaster and Patti Wood, from Grassroots Environmental Education, were highly informative. Coincidentally, on Tuesday, there was a small win on the New York anti-fracking side, as the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) determined they need more time to examine the SGEIS Fracking health impact study before moving forward with drilling in the state of NY. However, things are far from certain--it's just a short delay. New York still doesn't have a ban on fracking.
It's important that we keep the pressure on.
As Michael Green says, "It's not too late for New Yorkers to take action and tell the governor not to repeat the past mistakes...with fracking. Write Governor Cuomo, tell your state Senator and Assembly member, and write a letter to the editor. Add your voice to the millions of New Yorkers who want to put our health and environment before the fracking industry's rush to profits." Call Governor Cuomo and tell him to Ban Fracking Now: 518-474-8390.
Meanwhile, on the Climate Change action front, we've filled two busloads of people from Stony Brook University and other locations on Long Island, and we're headed to DC on Sunday, 2/17, to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline and Climate Change at large. The protest is hosted by Sierra Club and 350.org, along with many other environmental organizations, including Coalition Against Nukes and No Nukes NIRS.
We want President Obama and our politicians to hear our voices loud and clear. It's time to change our energy policies to truly renewable ones--wind, solar, geothermal, and it's time to make massive and systematic changes in our transportation and production systems in the U.S. and the world. We cannot continue to exploit our environment as we have been and hope to survive. Earth first--not profit for corporations. Climate Change is already upon us, so we really have no time to lose.
Act, speak up, change how you live. There is no time to lose.
My heart breaks for the future ones, but I'm not sitting on my hands or closing my eyes. Please join me and the 20,000 or more who feel the same.
We'll be marching for the earth and the future generations.
If you want to join a Climate Change rally this Sunday, you don't have to go to DC. Please see this exhaustive list of protests taking place all over the U.S. in Michael Lerner's piece in Tikkun. You can rally for the planet on 2/17, from just about anywhere.