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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 2012
Hundreds of Youth Vote Leaders Converge on Albany to Demand Governor Cuomo Ban Fracking
Bill McKibben, Josh Fox & Sandra Steingraber to Keynote Youth-led Power Shift New York Conference
Monday March & Rally To Call for Green Economy, Not Dangerous Fracking
Albany, NY - Hundreds of youth vote leaders will converge in Albany this weekend for Power Shift New York, to demand Governor Cuomo ban fracking and build support for a clean energy economy.
Power Shift New York keynotes, which are open to the public, include acclaimed environmentalists and political leaders, including:
Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org
Josh Fox, Director of Gasland
Dr. Sandra Steingraber, recipient of the Heinz Award for the environment
Dominic Frongillo, the youngest elected Town Councilor of Caroline, NY
Hosted by the Green Umbrella: NY Youth for a Just and Sustainable Future, the conference will focus on building a movement to ban fracking and bring in a clean energy economy.
“Thousands upon thousands of people have called on Governor Cuomo to ban fracking, and at Power Shift NY we’re bringing those voices together” said J. Reed Sterbeger, a lead organizer of the Green Umbrella, “hundreds of youth vote leaders are coming together to demand Governor Cuomo stand with us to ban fracking, and join us in supporting innovative measures to build a clean energy economy here in New York.”
The conference will close with a major march on the Capitol to demand Governor Cuomo stand with the youth vote by banning fracking, and supporting ambitious measures to bring in a clean energy economy.
WHO: Hundreds of youth vote leaders, and environmental and political leaders including Bill McKibben of 350.org, Josh Fox, Director of Gasland, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Heinz Award Winner, Dominic Frongillo, young elected official from Caroline, NY.
WHAT: Major mobilization and conference of youth vote leaders working to banfracking and bring in the clean energy economy.
WHEN: Friday-Monday, April 27-29. March and rally is on Monday morning.
WHERE: The majority of the conference will be held at Hotel Albany, 40 Lodge St
Friday and Saturday keynote addresses will be held at Grand Street Community Arts Center, 68 Grand Street, from 7-9 PM.
Monday’s March & Rally is beginning at Riverside Park at 10AM and will finish out at West Capital Park at 12 PM with speakers until 2.