Column: Why Mark Ruffalo is going green

2df9d6643ef027b0a8fe3c3cfcc119db

When I was asked to come on as guest editor of Metro’s environmental issue, I was grateful but mostly surprised. I had never thought of myself as much of an environmentalist, and I didn’t imagine myself as any kind of journalist, unless perhaps I played one in a movie. So I think it might be of some interest as to how exactly I got here.

About two years ago my wife, Sunny, and I made a radical decision to leave the hustle and bustle of the city and move to a small farming town on the Delaware River about two and a half hours away from NYC. Although our intention was to live the simple life, we landed smack dab in the middle of one of the ugliest environmental fights our generation has had to face — hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in our watersheds. 

Hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) in the Delaware River Basin and across New York state could easily contaminate my family’s well water — and New York City’s drinking water. The process is extremely risky, and across the country it has led to water contamination so severe that people can literally light their water on fire. And it’s easy for the gas industry to get away with contamination, because they’ve hustled our politicians into exempting them from our most basic environmental protections, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.

But for three years, a strong movement has grown to fight the gas industry. I have joined up with thousands of citizens on the Internet, at rallies and in the halls of Albany. And recently I started a new campaign, WaterDefense.org, to bring the message to an even bigger audience. It’s just crazy to me that our society would allow our precious clean water to be destroyed — just to produce more dirty fossil fuels. It’s time for a real renewable energy, now not later.

That’s why I’m here writing to you now, as an unlikely environmentalist.  This journey is what steered my editorship here with Metro. Please enjoy.


Metro does not endorse the opinions of the author, or any opinions expressed on its pages. Opposing viewpoints are welcome. Send submissions to letters@metro.us.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

Rock legend Neil Young files for divorce after…

The legendary Canadian rocker Neil Young has filed for divorce from his wife of 36 years.

Local

FDNY debuts new fire simulator for blazes at…

The New York City Fire Department christened its newest, state-of-the-art, custom-built simulator at its training academy on Randall's Island Tuesday.

Local

Bronx cop saves baby who stopped breathing

A Bronx police officer is credited with saving the life of a 2-month-old baby who stopped breathing Tuesday morning. Police Officer Johnny Castillo, 38, was…

Local

Brewer celebrates Women's Equality Day with voter pledge

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer celebrated Women’s Equality Day Tuesday by pledging to register at least five women voters before the Oct. 10 deadline. Brewer…

Movies

Review: The uneven 'Life of Crime' mostly gets…

Elmore Leonard's "The Switch" becomes the new indie crime dramedy "Life of Crime," with Jennifer Aniston as a kidnapped woman whose husband won't pay up.

Movies

Review: Pierce Brosnan gets a cut-rate Bond knockoff…

Pierce Brosnan tries to reclaim his glory days with the spy thriller "The November Man" but instead gets a sad DTV-style ripoff with lame action.

Gossip

Ariana Grande addresses Big Sean dating rumors

Now that Ariana Grande and Big Sean were caught on camera holding hands, she has something to say.

Entertainment

QUIZ: How many English words do you actually…

Are you as smart as you say you are? Are you a word nerd? Take this quick vocabulary test to find out if you're a true wordsmith. Good luck.

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

NFL

Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.

Sports

Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at…

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at top, Nationals climb

Parenting

Lure your baby to sleep with Maroon 5…

These new renditions of "Moves Like Jagger" and "Payphone" are Maroon 5 like you've never heard them before.

Wellbeing

Who is having the most orgasms?

  Single lesbians report having orgasms more often than heterosexual women but both gay and straight men still come out on top of the climax…

Home

Jonathan Adler shares his tips for a great…

Jonathan Adler took a break from boogie boarding at his beach house to tell us how to keep that Labor Day party festive.

Travel

Most popular Labor Day weekend destinations

Priceline.com released its Top 20 destinations for the end of summer, including Labor Day weekend. If you’re heading to any of these spots, expect a…