Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon Launch “Artists Against Fracking” on The Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Show

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:

Abena Koomson
Adam Greene
Alec Baldwin
Amanda Palmer
Amy Ryan
Anne Hathaway
Anthony Edwards
As Four
Beastie Boys
Ben Perowsky
Bill Frisell
Bill Migliore
Bonnie Raitt
Brazilian Girls
Carrie Fisher
Charlotte Kemp Muhl
Chris Maxwell
Cibo Matto
Cindy Sherman
Conor Oberst
Corn Mo
Dan Fogler
Darren Aronofsky
David Byrne
David Crosby
David Fiuczynski
David Geffen
David Lang
David Sitek
Deborah Eisenberg
Deepak Chopra
Devendra Banhart
Donald Fagen
Dustin Yellin
Fred Armisen
G Tom Mac
Gene Ween
Glen Hansard
Gotham Chopra
Graham Nash
Gregg Bissonette
Gregg Rolie
Greta Seacat
Gwyneth Paltrow
Harper Simon
Ingrid Sischy
Irina Lazareanu
Jackson Browne
Jake Hoffman
Jamie Saft
Janet Feder
Jeff Koons
Jenny Scheinman
Jesse Harris
Jimmy Fallon
Joe Tomino & Dub Trio
Joe Walsh
Joel Hamilton
Joel Rafael
John Cameron Mitchell
John Zorn
Jonathan Marc Sherman
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Josh Fox
Julian Lage
Julian Lennon
Julianne Moore
Justin Bond
Karen Elson
Katelan Foisy
Kim Gordon
Kronos Quartet
Kyoko Ono Cox
Lady Gaga
Le Tigre/Kathleen Hanna
Lee Ronald
Lenny Kaye
Leonardo DiCaprio
Liv Tyler
Lowell Boyers
Malcolm Ford
Marina Abramovic
Mario Batali
Mark Rivera
Mark Ronson
Mark Ruffalo
Martha Colburn
Martha Wainwright
Medeski, Martin and Wood
Meredeith Monk
Michael Pollan
Mike Watt
Nadia Dajani
Natalie Merchant
Nels Cline
Nico Muhly
Nicole Bonelli
Noah Ememerich
Patti Smith Group
Peter Coyote
Polyphonic Spree
Quest Love
Ralph Gibson
Richard Page
Ringo Starr
Roberta Flack
Rosario Dawson
Rufus Wainwright
Salman Rushdie
Sandra Brandt
Scissor Sisters
Scott Amendola
Scott Harding
Sean Ono Lennon
St. Vincent
Stephani & Warren Haynes
Steve Lukather
Steve Shelley
Susan Sarandon
Sxip Shirly
Talia Lugacy
The B-52′s
The Flaming Lips
The Present
The Strokes
Thomas Bartlette
Thurston Moore
Tim Robbins
Todd Reynolds
Todd Rundgren
Tony Shanahan
Uma Thurman
Vernon Reid
Wallace Shawn
White Out
Will Bernard
Yo La Tengo
Yoko Ono
Zooey Deschanel

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