Letter from Yoko Ono to Governor Andrew M Cuomo, 56th Governor of New York State, 4th July 2012.

Dear Governor Cuomo,

This is July 4th, an important day for all of us to think of our beautiful country and be proud of it. Strange, I did not think that I would end up writing this letter to you today, but that’s how it’s working out.

I want to ask you a question. How Green Is Our Valley? I’ve been in this country since 1935, and for the most part loved every minute of it. When the youth of today talk about this country as if it was theirs, I have an urge to say – listen, kiddo, it’s not yours yet! It belongs to people like me and my generation who fought hard to make this a beautiful and healthy country. What did we do? We went through a lot…The San Francisco earthquake, the second World War, the detention of Japanese Americans, Korea, Vietnam, Black Tuesday, the list goes on. Through thick and thin, we never lost the love we have for this beautiful, beautiful country. Why? Because of the American idealism: justice for all! There’s not another country in the world that was built on such idealism.

Right now, some people are trying to make easy money, and meanwhile ruin this country’s future, by a thing called ‘fracking.’ It is clear to everybody in this city, and certainly most everyone in the state, that by doing this our beautiful natural green valleys of New York will be devastated and ruined forever. Nothing is worth doing that.

It will immediately make the pure water we have now in this state become dirty and poisonous. Many adults and many children will get cancer. The ones who have means will get out of the State. There could even be a string of class actions suits against the State of New York and its agencies. New Yorkers will only be too glad to join in the demand for reparations. The heavy legal cases will go on until the next century and more.

There is another scenario available to us. We, under the wise decision by you, our Governor, can get together to protect the State and even the whole country from being ruined. Like what the governor of Vermont, our next door State has done: leading America into a sustainable future based on renewable energy.

Our Governor, and possibly the future President of the United States, we are counting on you. You will only have to say “no more fracking in our State.” That’s all. It’s as simple as that. We will then make this State and the city connected to it, into a model of sustainability, with technologies and policies to produce clean energy and live in an enlightened land. Many wealthy people who are now thinking to flee from the potential disaster, will come back to join our model of a future for the world to visit and perhaps emulate.

We need your wisdom and leadership to make this happen. Please say YES to life, and NO to Fracking. Thank you.

A proud resident of New York State,

Yoko Ono Lennon
New York City
4th July 2012


The following is a list of artists who have joined our Artists Against Fracking so far.

Find out more about Artists Against Fracking at http://ArtistsAgainstFracking.com.

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9 Responses to Letter from Yoko Ono to Governor Andrew M Cuomo, 56th Governor of New York State, 4th July 2012.

  1. Wow, wonderful article. I would love to share my own experience to help you all out. One of my daughters spent a year with another agency doing little to nothing in the way of bookings or even castings. Within a month of switching to mystarkid, they had her booked for a spring print ad campaign for a major national retailer. You can

  2. Peter Rowe says:

    Dear Yoko – its nice to see someone concerned about the environment. I reada little and I do not fully comprehend what fracking actually is though perhaps it is worth a short video outlining it. Keep up the good work and I look forward to maybe seeing something. PS A few politicians have done some interesting things over the years – some of which is good and so perhaps – THEY should consider it- as you said – it only takes the work of ONE.

    YOU think its nothing, the power of One –
    Its that line of distinction between something and none
    Its that voice like the wind that gets things so well done
    Yes its all about you , You are the voice – the power of the sum

    Yes theres a Governor that sits there up top
    A little persuasion could change things… a lot
    Its not Rocket Science – we’re not stupid or dumb
    Tis you who can change things – you are the One

    Just a simple piece but I thought thats basic but more importantly I would suggest a video would make it that much easier as even I don’t fully know what fracking is. – and no I doubt you’d need these lyrics but hey feel free to play with any of them . Cheers Peter

  3. vickvick says:

    everybody would love to live in peace with oneself in a surrounding that is safe.

  4. Genia Wells says:

    Even though I am a baby boomer and Christian-John Lennon just wanted everyone to get along. Remember with your elders is wisdom, listen to them. We should all have the common grouond of peace and love.

  5. Paulette Graf says:

    Thank you for this extraordinary statement and the support of all of the signatures. May it wake up those who would otherwise sleep through their own demise.

  6. Crudo says:

    Thanks for making awareness of this most important issue soar, Yoko!

  7. Bosko Katic says:

    Dear Yoko, Thank you for such a powerful letter. It is always assumed by many on the right that Artists are freaks and that we can’t love this country! Wearing their flag lapel and taking PAC money does not make them more of a patriotic person than me! I am a 100 % disabled American Veteran who has given his body for this country, but I spread the message of Peace always. I respect Veterans for Peace and support them, wholeheartedly. I do not live in New York , but I support the cause against Frackinig! I live in Las Vegas, NV which I know you have visited because of THE LOVE SHOW! Hard to imagine that they used to explode Atomic Bombs in above ground Testing not far from here. I can not tell you how many people died because of the effects caused from radiation and feel sorry for The Down Winders in Utah! Well Yoko in closing I just send you my respects and thank you for saying YES to Life!…………………YES!

  8. Yoko, on behalf of all of us Working Class New Yorkers, Thank you.

    Barbara Ricci, Publisher of The Westchester News

  9. BIA says:

    An attitude of awareness, responsibility and love for a country, a city and the life. Everyone wants to live in a world with less pollution and violence. Congratulations Yoko!!!

    ♥ Peace and Love ♥

    i ii iii


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