September 2014: SeaChange – Mare Liberum with 350.org

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This September, 350.org and Mare Liberum partnered on a series of events around extreme energy and water as commons, to coincide with the annual UN high-level meeting here in New York City.

The initiative is called SeaChange – think of it as part protest, part art project, and an adventure all around.  We all live downstream, is our motto, and we’re building a fleet of hand-made, human-powered vessels as a protest against irresponsible forms of energy.

We are organizing a series of consciousness and momentum-building events all along the Hudson River, gathering a flotilla of DIY protest-boats between Troy and New York City, inviting others to build new boats, and journeying down the Hudson as a fleet of activists, artists, thinkers, and makers.  We’ll be stopping ports of call along the Hudson and organizing cultural events and dinners with local groups engaged in activism and advocacy campaigns against extreme energy.

These events will deal with various extreme-energy issues which affect the environment, both in NYS and beyond, including fracking, fossil fuels, and nuclear energy, and will include talks and workshops, campouts and dinners.

Once all the boats are down in NYC, we plan to get them on the waterways in a visible way during the UN meeting, including bringing local boat clubs to take part in a circumnavigation of Manhattan.

If you’d like to get on board the project, we’d love to have you at our second planning brunch on Sunday, February 23rd.  If you’re not in New York City we’ll have a conference Skype set up for you to listen/join in.  You can also join the seachange list (seachange-l).

Follow the project on tumblr.

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