John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and their son Sean have launched a celebrity coalition campaigning against drilling techniques in the natural gas industry which could cause the contamination of water sources across America.
The mother and son team decided to rally environmentally-aware stars to protest the use of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, which critics claim can poison nearby water supplies with chemicals, after hearing about plans to drill near their home in New York.
Their new website, ArtistsAgainstFracking.com, has gained the support of actors including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore, musicians such as Lady Gaga, producer Mark Ronson and The Strokes, and other celebrities like spiritual guru Deepak Chopra and author Salman Rushdie.
Now Lennon and Ono are urging fans to visit the page to learn all about the controversial practice and join their fight.
Launching the website on U.S. TV show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday (13Jul12), Sean explained, "When the (natural gas drilling) companies showed up in upstate New York, it sort of like propelled us, it was like a fire under the tush (bottom) and we suddenly felt we had to do something. We put together this coalition called Artists Against Fracking. The website is on (sic) right now... We've got 120 artists... a lot of people, artists like MGMT and people like Beck to Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt... and we got Lady Gaga. So we put this site together and if you want to go to more serious links... then it's like a porthole."
Lennon then joined host and comedian Jimmy Fallon to perform a cheeky protest song about preserving Mother Earth, with lyrics such as: "People don't care what they're fracking today/They'll frack anything that gets in their way/And when they're done fracking, they'll frack something else/I got one thing to say, 'Go frack yourself!'"
Ono participated by swaying along to the music and holding an inflated globe labelled 'Mother Earth' as she shouted out, "Don't frack me! Don't frack me!"
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