New York Bans Fracking

New York Bans Fracking
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Argument for "Boots on the Ground."

On July 13th, I boarded a bus with a mess of other Fracktivists to help protest the Cove Point LNG Project.

This fight is important. We are fighting a potential LNG port of our own. PEC-NYC has run itself ragged warning people about the dangers of these ports (water pollution, terrorist targets, methane emissions contributing to climate change, and the need to *stop* fossil fuels infrastructure to name a few...). We know why it's a problem. We know why off-shore wind power is the fuel of NYC's future.  But what can we do about it? Sometimes, it comes through letters--like the one we're writing to Governor Cuomo! 

But sometimes, we just need to turn out in numbers. Sometimes we need to put our boots on the ground. Sometimes, being one more body in the crowd is the greatest thing we can do.

Over 1,000 people from up and down the East Coast gathered to protest LNG ports and demand green energy. 
Here are a few more photos from the day:

A speaker directly affected by the BP spill in LA.

It's me! Yup. Rocking the PPD shirt again.

Reverend Yearwood and "drinking water" from Dimmock, PA--an area affected by Fracking--the same fracked gas headed to these nasty LNG ports.

The line of people winding around the park, heading to the FERC building.

 You may wonder if one more person can make a difference, but nothing draws a crowd like...a crowd. Without words, arguments, letters, fine print or bullet points--so many bodies marching through the streets and crying out for various parts of the same whole: a new, green world. The image makes an impression like no other.

For me, there are few things more exhilarating than sweating for what one believes in. Friendships formed with strangers as we donate a few hours of our weekend toward calling attention to that in which we believe. It's real. It matters. It counts.

With that being said, mark your calendars for Sunday, Sept. 21! March with PEC-NYC in the People's Climate March in NYC.

My new friend and marching buddy, Nydia for the Grannies for Peace Brigade! 

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