We need Sane Energy --- Kim's story!
It has been the biggest honor of my life to serve as the Program Director for Sane Energy Project.
I grew up in many locations around the Northeast. Born in Detroit, then off to Oneida and Onondaga Co's in New York State, Erie Co in Pennsylvania, and then spent my formative years in Chester Co, PA. I have lived most of my adult life in Brooklyn, NY.
When I heard about the negative effects on fracking to people I knew in PA, it was deeply upsetting. Here comes the polluting industry, yet again, ready to mill over people I love to make a buck.
I was living in NYC, and the Spectra Pipeline was proposed to come to town. Since I knew what was happening on the other side of the pipeline, I had to stop it. This was during Occupy Wall St. when the air of revolution was ripe in New York City and around the world. We built our resistance to that pipeline with some of the best friends I consider my closest family today.
At the time, I worked as a 3d CAD modeler for different industries in fashion. I was a graduate of Tyler School of Art, and was thrilled to be working using skills from university. I loved my work, yet, every day, after work, I found myself down in Zuccotti Park talking about the environment and climate and the links to capitalism with like-minded folks.
As the fight against Spectra heated up, it became more apparent to me what the important work of my life needed to be. I met SO many other communities fighting compressor stations, drilling, frack waste dumping, water theft for drilling... and these people were the greatest teachers of my life. I still work with all of them to this day. We are here to build the action at the state level to stop the development of fossil fuel infrastructure and to move rapidly towards 100% renewable energy.
New York State’s current political landscape has proven that it is moveable with enough grassroots political pressure, like we saw with the nation’s first state to ban fracking, and an administrative goal to lead on climate. Yet, with the continued expansion of fracking infrastructure, and stall on community-owned renewable energy, our organizing work continues.
Sane Energy Project laser focuses on New York State to build the political power we need to set an example for the nation to build a regenerative economy. We know we are within reach of achieving our goals to a 100% renewable and equitable state, and also caring for our neighboring states by blocking cooperation with the fossil fuel industry. We have a clear distinction from other organizations because we build deep relationships with communities across the state to connect our stories and build our collective power.