October 27, 2016
Media Advisory | October 25th and 26th, 2016
Contact: Carina Daniels | 510.847.1617
Actor Mark Ruffalo Arrives Tuesday to Standing Rock to Support Pipeline Fighters
Delivers Solar Panels on Trailers
Holds two press events in North Dakota
October 25 and 26
Fort Yates, N.D. – Actor Mark Ruffalo, co-founder of The Solutions Project, is coming to North Dakota this week to join Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, the largest gathering of indigenous nations in modern American history united to protect the water and life on the land. Native Renewables CEO Wahleah Johns, a Navajo leader, and Ruffalo will present solar trailers to the Standing Rock Sioux tribal elders to enable critical activities at the protest site.
At 11 am on Wednesday, October 26, Ruffalo, Solutions co-founder Marco Krapels, Johns, and tribal elders will hold a press conference and deliver the solar trailers at Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock. The actor will also participate in a panel discussion the night before at the Prairie Knights Casino on Tuesday, October 25th at 8pm.
The trailers were built by Navajo Nation Leaders and financed by non-profit Empowered by Light, which brings renewable energy technologies to improve lives and the environment.
Ruffalo is an outspoken critic of the fossil fuel industry for economic, health and environmental reasons. In New York, Ruffalo joined advocates in their efforts to win a statewide ban on fracking – the first in the country. Instead of increasing production of dirty fossil fuels, Ruffalo and The Solutions Project advocate increased production of clean energy, citing dramatic cost reductions and Stanford research that shows every state and country around the world can be 100% powered by existing clean energy technology.
“100% clean energy for 100% of the people is not only possible, it is inevitable,” Ruffalo said. “The question is whether we move quickly enough to avert the worst impacts on our water, land, people and climate. Or do we allow projects like this pipeline, which we know from experience will leak, explode, pollute and poison hundreds of waterways and acres of pristine land.”