Local citizens against fracking to descend on Albany

New Paltz community members will join thousands of New Yorkers at a huge rally in Albany on Monday, June 17 to oppose fracking and support renewable energy.

New Paltz community members will join thousands of New Yorkers at a huge rally in Albany on Monday, June 17 to oppose fracking and support renewable energy.

On Monday, June 17, join Maurice Hinchey, Pete Seeger, Natalie Merchant, Lois Gibbs and over 100 organizations from across the state at noon on the East Capitol Lawn in Albany to demand freedom from dirty energy. They will be pressuring Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject fracking and to lead the nation in constructing a renewable energy economy in New York. For those wishing to participate ($20 bus fare or car pooling), links are available from nyagainstfracking.org/take-action/ny-crossroads-rally/.

“New York stands at a crossroads,” says Miriam Strouse of the New Paltz Climate Action Coalition. “We can build a renewable energy economy or destroy our irreplaceable land and water. It’s time to do the math, switch from fossil fuels to renewables and change course before we risk catastrophe for life on earth.” Strouse cites the recent report that our atmosphere has just reached 400 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 — and the need to return to 350 ppm to stabilize the climate.

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The New Paltz Climate Action Coalition meets at 5 p.m. on Thursdays at Village Hall.

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