About the Wind 100 Rally:
WHO: Wind Energy Supporters, Special VIPs, and you!
Will you join Matt at the finish line and call on Governor Cuomo to make offshore wind a reality in 2014? Be there at 7pm on the Long Beach Boardwalk at 80 West Broadway (map), outside the Hotel Allegria. We'll have food trucks, a fun atmosphere, live entertainment from bands like J and the 9's and NOHC, and speakers like the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign's Mary Anne Hitt, Roger Clayman from the AFL-CIO, Catherine Bowes from National Wildlife Federation, and Senator Dean Skelos. They and a thousand others will be there. Will you?
In 2012, I saw the devastation that Superstorm Sandy wrought on Long Island, the place that I live and love. Since then, I've been working to make sure that New York does our part to create a clean energy future so we won't have to suffer the full effects of climate disruption.
But the same geography that threatens our coastal communities also provides us with one of the best climate solutions -- offshore wind.
Earlier this year, an offshore wind developer proposed building New York's first offshore wind farm that would power as many as 120,000 Long Island homes.
Governor Cuomo can seize this opportunity for New Yorkand lead our state and nation forward to invest in one of the nation's first offshore wind farms 30 miles off the coast of Montauk Point. New York's investment in our first offshore wind farm is the first step to a new clean energy frontier.
This is our chance to make a difference.
That's why, on June 14th, I'm running 108 miles from Montauk Point to Long Beach to raise awareness of the historic opportunity for offshore wind off New York's coast. I'll be running from Montauk -- 'The End' -- to make it clear, we're at the end of the climate debate, the end of dirty fuels, and we're moving towards a new renewable energy beginning for offshore wind in New York.
Matt Kearns is a native Long Islander, Sierra Club volunteer, and experienced runner.
Matt began volunteering two years ago as the Sierra Club ramped up its renewable energy campaign in New York. Matt quickly took leadership joining the Long Island Group’s executive committee, organizing a bus to the Forward on Climate Rally in DC in 2012, and helping move offshore wind forward.
Matt has always felt that key to the Sierra Club’s success is inviting supporters to use whatever skills they have to protect the environment. For Matt, that means bringing his love and skill of running to bring attention to offshore wind. After months of consideration, Matt found the perfect opportunity to make the connection.
Early this year, it was becoming clear that a decision could be made this year to invest in New York’s first offshore wind farm, 30 miles off Montauk Point. To make this a reality though, Matt knew we needed to show Governor Cuomo that Long Islanders are ready for wind. He offered to run from Montauk Point to Long Beach, site of another proposed wind farm, in one day, and the idea of Wind 100 was born.
Working with Sierra Club staff and volunteers, Matt wanted to use his run to bring attention to offshore wind but also make it clear that he’s not alone in his support. That’s why we’re asking you to join Matt and hundreds of New Yorkers in Long Beach as we call on Governor Cuomo to make 2014 the year New York invests in offshore wind.
About the Run
On June 14th, Matt Kearns, a Long Island native and Sierra Club volunteer will run 108 miles across Long Island in a single day to call for an historic investment in offshore wind power.
The route will start at the iconic Montauk Lighthouse, weave through areas ravaged by Superstorm Sandy and end at the beloved Long Beach Boardwalk (above).
The run will highlight the urgent need to address climate disruption and the opportunity to build one of America’s first-ever offshore wind farms with projects proposed 30 miles off the coast of Montauk and 15 miles out from Long Beach.
Matt will start his run before dawn on June 14th ending that evening as he crosses the finish line at a rally expected to draw at least 1,000 people – one of the largest crowds assembled for a single issue on Long Island. The event will feature prominent speakers from the Sierra Club, volunteer leaders, local elected officials, celebrities, athletes and musicians.
Sierra Club Long Island Group
New York Public Interest and Research Group
Sustainability Institute at Malloy
Long Island Jobs with Justice
United for Action
North Fork Environmental Council
Renewable Energy Long Island
National Wildlife Federation
National Resource Defense Council
Long Island Progressive Coalition
Center for Working families
New York League of Conservation Voters
Citizen’s Climate Lobby Long Island
Environmental Defense Fund
Vision Long Island
Social Justice Committee, UU Congregation at Shelter Rock
Long Island MoveOn.org