130+ Artists Including Leonardo Dicaprio, Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Lady Gaga, Zooey Deschanel, Yoko Ono, The Strokes, The Flaming Lips, Beastie Boys, Beck call on Governor Cuomo to ban fracking.
Artists Against Fracking next to put spotlight on Senate Forum on DEC/Gas Industry Collusion.
On Friday, July 13, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon launched Artists Against Fracking on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (view clips at http://j.mp/OzuTlj ). Artists Against Fracking is an initiative of musicians, actors, and other artists to build awareness of and stop fracking. The initiative came together quickly as a response after it was leaked to the New York Times on June 13 that Governor Cuomo is considering lifting the moratorium on fracking in New York.
The web site www.ArtistsAgainstFracking.com, features the artists’ names, information about fracking, and directs people to email and call Governor Cuomo to tell him to ban fracking. The site also directs people to find more information and to get involved with New Yorkers Against Fracking, Frack Action, Food & Water Watch, Gasland, and THE SKY IS PINK. The artists will utilize their broad reach through social media to educate about fracking and activate people to take action. Between them, they have over 40 million followers on Twitter and Facebook.
Artists already a part of the initiative include Alec Baldwin, Beastie Boys, Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Fisher, David Byrne, Julianne Moore, Lady Gaga, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, MGMT, Sean Ono Lennon, The B-52′s, The Flaming Lips, The Strokes, Uma Thurman, Wilco, and Yoko Ono. The list of over 130 artists came together in just a couple of weeks, and many more will be signing on as Artists Against Fracking grows.
As the website states, Artists Against Fracking’s aim is to ban fracking and “For the world to embrace sustainable living and develop renewable energies through economically-viable alternatives to fossil fuel.”
Yoko Ono said, “It’s time for action. Give ourselves sustainable energy without destroying our land, our States, and our country.”
“We are glad to have our artist allies in the music and film industry join the majority of New Yorkers in calling on Governor Cuomo to ban fracking. The gas industry may have millions to spend on lobbyists and PR campaigns but ultimately New Yorkers don’t trust Big Oil and Gas to frack our communities. The artists, actors and musicians who have joined Artists Against Fracking will use social media to change the course of history. Governor Cuomo should heed the call of concerned citizens to ban fracking and make New York State a world leader for a renewable energy economy,” said Julia Walsh, Campaign Director of Frack Action.
“It’s exciting to see so many in the entertainment industry taking a strong stand against fracking. These artists know what so many New Yorkers across the state know: fracking is inherently unsafe. The Cuomo Administration should listen to these and other voices across the state and ban fracking in all of New York,” said Alex Beauchamp, Northeast Region Director at Food & Water Watch.
In addition to continuing to grow, build awareness, and activate people to take action, Artists Against Fracking will utilize their broad social media reach to put a spotlight on this week’s Senate Forum on the outrageous DEC/gas industry collusion. After the Environmental Working Group revealed inappropriate collusion and a cozy relationship between the gas industry and the DEC on the SGEIS and fracking regulations (http://j.mp/M61x32 ), the Senate Democrats have called a public forum for this Wednesday, July 18th in NYC to investigate the extent of the collusion, ethical impropriety, whether the DEC’s review adequately considers all science and issues, and resulting validity of the fracking study and regulations.
The current list of artists is as follows:
Charlotte Kemp Muhl
G Tom Mac
Joe Tomino & Dub Trio
John Cameron Mitchell
Jonathan Marc Sherman
Kyoko Ono Cox
Le Tigre/Kathleen Hanna
Medeski, Martin and Wood
Patti Smith Group
Sean Ono Lennon
Stephani & Warren Haynes
The Flaming Lips
Yo La Tengo
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