Here are some important actions you can take this week:
This Wednesday, August 22nd, Governor Cuomo will host a policy summit in New York City, which appears to be a step forward as Cuomo explores a possible 2016 presidential run. This event happens as Governor Cuomo is moving forward with his reckless plan to lift New York’s fracking ban, which he is expected to announce as early as Labor Day. This policy summit is an important opportunity to publicly confront the Governor.
We need to make sure he gets the message that if he wants the support of New Yorkers who care about their environment and the safety of the water they drink when he runs for president in 2016, he needs to stop moving forward with plans to Frack New York. Join the rally to urge Governor Cuomo not to frack New York, outside of his NYC policy summit. Sign up for the gathering at the upcoming policy summit here!
Transco/Williams, a large multi-national corporation, is planning to build a high-pressure gas pipeline through Gateway National Park! The ‘Tranco/Williams Rockaway Lateral Pipeline’ will carry “Fracked” natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in upstate New York.
It will tunnel under Breezy Point, Riis Park and Jamaica Bay, through precious wetlands, bird sanctuaries and fishing grounds, and continue under Flatbush Avenue surfacing at the Kings Plaza Shopping Center at Avenue U. Sign on to the petition to say no to fracking in the Gateway National Recreation area.
The River Fund is coming up on their “Back To School” backpack distribution. They will be gifting backpacks filled with school supplies to the kids in their program: Street Relief-Rufus King Park, Jamaica; Client Choice Pantry, Richmond Hill; and Under The Board Walk, Coney Island, Brooklyn. They are still in need of several hundred backpacks.
A Canadian company is asking the USDA to approve a genetically engineered (GE) apple that will not brown when exposed to oxygen. We all know that if you slice an apple and let it sit out for a while, it starts to turn brown, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. In fact, aside from a color change, brown apples are no different from their uncut counterparts, but now we have an overly high tech solution for a non-existent problem.
These new genetically engineered apples are so ridiculous, that even apple trade organization and apple growers are opposed to them. We need to tell the USDA that consumers all over the country agree with the apple growers: we don’t want to see GE Apples in our supermarkets!Learn more and sign on to the letter to the USDA!