Activists Deploy "Global Warming Beach Patrol" on Cape Cod and Area Islands

"Yes to Wind" Activism Gains Momentum

Media release - September 5, 2005
Intensifying efforts to bring clean energy to Cape Cod, Greenpeace’s Global Warming and Energy Campaign rolled out "a global warming beach patrol" at area beaches this weekend. Patrol members planted signs in the sand, reading, "Danger, Beach Threatened By Rising Seas & Global Warming, Say Yes To Wind For The Cape and Islands" to warn of the threats posed by rising sea levels to area beaches. The patrol also distributed flyers, Frisbees, buttons and T-shirts to beachgoers in support of the proposed offshore wind project. Meanwhile, on the water, two boats unfurled banners that read "Global Warming Beach Patrol: Say Yes to Wind Power."

"Saying 'yes' to wind power is a choice to preserve the Cape and promote safer, cleaner energy choices," said Greenpeace Campaigner Chelsea Harris. "By supporting the most significant renewable energy project in New England, we can prevent additional oil spills and reduce local air pollution which will improve the quality of life for residents and tourists alike," Harris said.

The patrol visited beaches on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard over the Labor Day weekend to highlight the benefits of the proposed offshore wind project. The wind farm will provide 75 percent of the area's energy needs without spewing asthma-causing pollution or adding to the growing threat of global warming.  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that global warming impacts to the coast of Massachusetts alone may cost between $490 million and $2.6 billion to repair. This estimate reflects the cumulative cost of sand replenishment to protect the coast from an expected 20-inch seal level rise by 2100. Global warming impacts also disrupt marine ecosystems, affecting the breeding and food sources of marine animals and significantly increase the growth of "red tides" that are linked with the deaths of marine mammals and fish species. For over thirty years, Greenpeace has campaigned to protect the world's oceans. The wind farm offers a solution to some of the most challenging problems impacting oceans as a result of global warming.

In coming weeks, Greenpeace's ship, the Arctic Sunrise, will make its way to the East Coast of the United States where Greenpeace will be promoting solutions to global warming including proposed wind farms in Cape Cod and Long Island. Greenpeace's visit to Cape Cod, Massachusetts is part of Project Thin Ice - Going the Distance to Stop Global Warming. Ship stops include Boston, Hyannis, Provincetown, Nantucket, Woods Hole, New York, Long Island and Miami.


Photos available at: http://usaphoto.greenpeace.org/capewind/beachaction/

Other contacts: Chelsea Harris on the Sound at (202) 258-1653 or Jane Kochersperger at (202) 415-5477

Exp. contact date: 2005-10-05 00:00:00