Activists and Faith Leaders Gather to Bear Witness Against Fracking

Nov 15, 2012

On Thursday, November 15, a group of about 25 people huddled in the cold at Grand Army Plaza with candles and signs. We were one of a number of vigils taking place all over the state – faith leaders and witnesses in the fight to stop fracking in New York State. Muslim, Christian, and Jewish faith leaders spoke out about the need to succor the earth, to stand strong against this assault on the planet, and not be swayed by the false rhetoric of “energy independence.” The only path to true energy independence is through energy sustainability: from renewable solar, wind, and water.

Martha Cameron from Brooklyn For Peace’s Climate Action committee made these points:

We have just witnessed the biggest hurricane on record — more than three times the size of Katrina. At the same time, over half of the contiguous United States is still in drought. The scientists tell us that both of these events are the result of climate change and we can expect more of the same in the future.

Yet we have just been through an election where there was no mention of climate change, and now all the politicians, including our newly reelected president, Barack Obama, are crowing about the United States as a net exporter of fossil fuels.

Yesterday, in a bipartisan voice vote, the House passed HR 2606, which will permit a new high-pressure pipeline carrying fracked gas through Gateway National Park, Jamaica Bay, and the Rockaways — an area of our city that has just been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Putting a gas pipeline and regulating station in an area this vulnerable to storms, floods, and fires is insane. Yet not a single politician voted against this bill.

We do not have time to wait on our so-called leaders. We must become the leaders of this struggle.

We must stop fracking because we must stop climate change.

There is no other option because we do not have another Earth.

Things You Can Do Today

1. Call President Obama at 202-456-1111 and urge him to veto HR 2606. For more on this issue see

2. Call Governor Cuomo at 1-866-584-6799 and urge him to ban fracking in New York State.

3. Get active with the Climate Change committee.
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