‘Dear Governor Cuomo’ fracking protest film to be shown

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua and SUNY Fredonia Academic Community Engagement Center will be co-sponsoring a showing of “Dear Governor Cuomo” on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at 58 W. Main St. (Route 20) in Fredonia. Free refreshments will be served.

“Dear Governor Cuomo” is a concert protest film that explains in clear terms the environmental, economic, and health risks of fracking. The film, which combines music and message, was written and directed by Jon Bowermaster and filmed under the direction of Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker, Alex Gibney. It features Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, along with environmental biologist Sandra Steingraber. The musicians include former Chautauqua County resident Natalie Merchant along with Joan Osbourne, Dan Zanes, the Felice Brothers, the Horse Flies, Citizen Cope, Medeski Martin and Wood and many more. More information on this film is available at www.dear-governor-cuomo.com.

Environmental justice is the focus of one of four Social Action Ministries of the UUCNC. The quality of water in the local region is the focus of this year’s environmental social action ministry. Fracking is a particular concern because of its potential to impact the purity of the local water sources. The other three Social Action Ministries include economic justice, peace and LBGTQ.

The Environmental Justice group will also be hosting Shale expert Cornell Professor Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, professor of engineering at Cornell, on Feb. 26. The location is TBA.

The SUNY Fredonia Academic Community Engagement (FACE) center promotes campus and community collaboration in the areas of civic engagement, sustainability, service learning and community-based research. More information about SUNY FACE can be found at www.fredonia.edu/face/.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua is a liberal religious community devoted to promoting individual spiritual development, working toward peace, liberty, and justice in the immediate and global communities, and providing companionship on life’s sacred journey. Worship services are held each Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Grange Hall, 58 W. Main St., Fredonia. Call 679-7944, visit www.uucnc.org, or visit www.facebook.com/uucnc for more information.