Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon have put up billboards, run a TV ad and presented petitions in opposition of fracking, now they’ve recruited celebrity friends including Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the new video to their song “Don’t Frack My Mother,” which debuted last summer on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
The song is the latest entry in their Artists Against Fracking campaign to persuade New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo not to allow gas companies to use hydraulic fracturing in New York state to extract natural gas trapped deep within underground rock.
The video intersperses shots of Lennon, Ono and actors and musicians, also including Maggie Gyllenhaal, SNL‘s Fred Armisen and members of the Strokes, Wilco and the Black Keys, with statistics about fracking and drilling. As Lennon pleads, “Please, don’t frack my mother,” Ono interjects, “Don’t frack me!”
Cuomo last fall postponed a decision on fracking until February, but the state missed a procedural deadline last month that will further delay efforts to finalize regulations on hydraulic fracturing. Missing the deadline required the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to re-propose the regulations, and allow 45 days for public comment.