How does Sane Energy Project roll? It’s about the relationships we build with you. That comes first. When we stand with you in our movement, we stand knowing we are building bonds for life. You’re the people we want to build the world with. And this is reflected in our organization, and the network of communities we work with. We treat everyone who works with us as a family member. We believe in taking pause when times get tough to listen and reflect with each other, and running hard when the work requires it. We know it is not easy to face the climate crisis, but we know that our work is the remedy to despair.
Our work together paved the way for New York State to put fossil fuel giant Exxon on trial in October 2019. The trial revealed that its executives knew their product would warm our atmosphere so much that Earth would not be able to sustain life. They ignored their own climate scientists 40 years ago who predicted we would be exactly where we are today: In a major global crisis leading to a planet unfit for organized civilization.
This is why Sane Energy Project continues to grow our community-based action to halt what harms us and engage in healing actions for the water, land, air and inclusive governance systems. We know the failure of these companies translates to hurricanes that continue to devastate island nations and waterfront communities, and the unequal aid that creates a growing rise in death tolls.
We know that the fires raging in the Amazon Rainforest destroys the lungs of our planet Earth, while fossil fuel backed politicians ignore the Indigenous leadership who offer generations of knowledge and solutions rather than extractive businesses that provide short-term profit for a few. We know clean, freshwater shortages threaten the many communities that face industry bullying and neglect from elected leaders that are compromised by those very industries.
We know the development of fossil fuel infrastructure poisons our air, soil, and water and the lives who depend on all three for their health.
We know New York State’s current political landscape has proven moveable with enough grassroots political pressure. We saw New York become the nation’s first state to ban fracking and set an administrative goal to lead on climate solutions. 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 are within reach of achieving our goals to a 100% renewable and equitable state.
Our work extends to our neighboring states when we block cooperation between NYS and 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.