Josh Fox takes center stage |
to promote 100% independence from fossil fuels.
© 2015 Luke T. Bush
PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY – 3/8/15
Fervor was in the air on this Sunday afternoon.
The packed Plattsburgh State University lecture hall provided
Josh Fox and His Solutions Grassroots Tour the perfect setting to stir up
activism for renewable energy resources.
Josh, a filmmaker known for his anti-fracking Gasland documentaries,
coordinated the event. He and renewable
energy maven Tim Woodcock took turns to promote zero use from planet-damaging fossil
fuels. Music by Bethany Yarrow
(songstress) and Rufus (cellist) interspersed the event, songs about social
justice and equality.
he voiced his convictions to enthusiastic audience members Josh didn’t come
across sartorially as a mainstream preacher.
His clothing combo: worn brown boots, scruffy blue jeans, a loose gray sport
jacket over a black t-shirt, all topped off with a gray cap. Also his countenance: unshaven. (Well, skipping electric-razoring every day
does save on power usage.)
He pointed out how frackivists – activists against fracking
– helped to tamp proliferation of the eco-unfriendly practice. He mentioned that Governor Andy Cuomo had
banned fracking from New York State. (I
could argue that the Guv was trying to atone for the sin of killing the
Moreland Commission before it became more than a dog and pony show.)
The main goal of the Josh’s tour was organizing congregations
in local communities to share the faith in zero net energy.
The push was on to eschew all traditional energy sources
polluting the world, triggering global warming/climate change. Josh asked for volunteers to stand up and
come forward, people willing to work locally for 100 % renewable. Josh was building a grassroots movement,
community by community, to create positive outcomes like fractivism had
talked about the Sun, how solar panel farms could wean citizens from oil and
gas dependence. In the long run
renewable energy could save money as well as the planet.
|Rufus [L] and Bethany Yarrow.|
With a digital slide show Tim Woodcock explained various
ways that a home owner could fund the addition of solar panels such as a low
interest home improvement loan. The
financial aspect was doable.
News item: It’s said that Florida officials have banned the
terms “global warming” and “climate change” from all state government reports,
emails and other documents.
A future stop for Josh and his friends: the Sunshine State? Grassroots Solutions Tour members might have
to pack waders if they wait too long. Climate
change activists have stated that rising sea levels will invade Florida. Maybe we’ll see an inundation of biblical proportions.