Coltura launches the no-gasoline movement in California
On December 6, 2017, Coltura launched the No-Gasoline movement in California. Similar to the No-Smoking movement, the No-Gasoline movement raises awareness of the harm to public health of driving gas and diesel vehicles, and calls for a transition to cleaner alternatives.
The launch took place in Menlo Park at a private gathering of members of environmental organizations, electric vehicle enthusiasts, city and county governments, physicians, high-tech companies, the arts, religious organizations, student groups, utilities and sustainable design experts.
Matthew Metz, Coltura’s founder, shared the history of the no-gasoline movement, from its beginnings as a cultural movement through performance art in Seattle, through its evolution to include the policy goal of phasing out sales of new gas and diesel vehicles by 2030.
Janelle London, Coltura’s co-executive director, who also chairs Menlo Park’s Environmental Quality Commission, read the proclamation officially launching the movement in California. “California has always led the country on environmental issues,” she said. “Now it’s time for it to lead the movement to phase out gasoline vehicles in America.” She explained that gasoline causes damage and destruction along every step of its lifecycle, from drilling to extracting to transporting to combusting. She noted that cleaner electric vehicles are already viable for many drivers today, and will be for many more in the next 3 to 5 years with lower battery prices, increased vehicle selection, longer ranges, and faster and more ubiquitous charging infrastructure.
Stacey Geis, managing attorney at EarthJustice in San Francisco, said, “It was great learning more about Coltura and the work they are doing to show all of us why the future is electric cars and how we can all be a part of this inevitable future. As both a citizen and as an environmental lawyer, I look forward to working with Coltura and all Californians as we show the country how you get to a gas-free, zero-emissions world sooner than we ever thought possible.”
Assembly member Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) plans to introduce legislation in January prohibiting registration of new gas passenger vehicles in California starting in 2040. “We support Assemblyman Ting’s bill,” said Ms. London, “it’s just that we believe the gasoline phase-out can and must start ten years earlier.”
Anti-Gasoline Mural Unveiling In Seattle
Congratulations to Craig Cundiff, the winner of Coltura’s Fall mural contest. His mural, “My Child, Our Air,” will be dedicated on November 11, 2017 at 3 p.m. at 969 S. Nebraska St. (Vale St. side). The 70’ x 30’ mural will serve as a physical marker of the burgeoning No Gasoline movement. The mural is located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, sandwiched between two freeways and suffering some of the worst air quality in the Pacific Northwest.
The unveiling will be held as part of the Georgetown Art Attack, and will feature State Rep. Zack Hudgins, and a showing of Coltura’s Gas Trap. Thanks go to the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for its assistance in sponsoring the contest.
Futurama Exhibition at Seattle Design Festival - September 8 @ 3PM
Coltura is collaborating with the Austrian-based NGO Smarter than Car and the design firm DLR Group to show Smarter than Car's research and design project Futurama Redux - Urban Mobility After Cars And Oil. Coltura will display some of its gasoline-themed art in conjunction with the show.
The event is part of the Seattle Design Festival 2017.
The motto of this year’s Seattle Design festival is POWER providing an inspiring context for the Futurama Redux project. Fossil fuels have powered our lives for more than 100 years and society is now depending on this power. Nothing has more grip over our daily lives than the abundance and availability of cheap fossil fuels. Futurama Redux - Urban Mobility After Cars And Oil dissects this underlying paradigm of urbanism. To design human settlements within the carrying capacity of our planet, fossil fuel power must be replaced by renewable power. Futurama Redux challenges us to live powerfully, without using fossil fuels.
Futurama Redux is an urban research and design project led by the think tank Smarter Than Car that investigates the future of mobility beyond the use of fossil fuels. The project opens a creative space to develop visions and articulate pathways for context-sensitive post-carbon transition.
Join The EVolution -- September 9th @ 10am
Get plugged in at Drive Electric Week in Seattle.
Interested in never paying for gas again?! Have questions about electricity-powered cars or bikes? Join us September 9, 2017 at Denny Park from 10 AM to 2 PM to learn how to amp up your ride!
You’ll have the opportunity to test drive a plethora of electric vehicles and see what all the fuss is all about! With you behind the wheel, you’ll see the benefits an EV can bring: a quieter ride, instant power, and lightning-quick steering response. This year will showcase several models of electric vehicles, such as the Nissan LEAF®, Kia Soul EV, Hyundai Ioniq and Tesla Model X. Plus there will be enthusiastic and savvy EV owners and industry experts on hand to help you kick the tires and answer any questions.
Vehicles you can test drive:
-- Chevrolet Bolt EV
-- Ford C-Max Plug-In Hybrid
-- Ford Fusion Energi
-- Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid
-- Kia Soul EV
-- Polaris Firefly
-- Polaris GEM
E-bikes you can test ride:
-- Seattle E-Bike
-- Rad Power Bikes
-- Clean Republic's Hill Topper Electric Bike
Who is going to be there (we'll update this list as we go):
-- Broadband TelCom Power
-- King County, Washington Government
-- MC Electric Vehicles
-- Paramount Motors NW
-- Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
-- Puget Sound Solar
-- Seattle E-Bike
-- SemaConnect EV Charging Stations
-- Washington State Department of Commerce
-- Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
Learn more here: wwcleancities.org/washington-drives-electric/
Coltura Gas Trap at Roundhouse Theater -- September 10 @ 2PM
Join Coltura as it makes its Canadian stage debut of The Gas Trap at the famous Roundhouse Theater in Vancouver.
Gas Trap at Portland Courthouse Square JUL 2017
Using public art to drive environmental activism, Seattle's award-winning anti-gasoline nonprofit will present its Portland debut of The Gas Trap, a 25-foot-high inflatable, kinetic sculpture stage and live performance piece that calls attention to the harm—and death—caused by our individual and collective use of gasoline. Conceived by Coltura founder Matthew Metz, designed by Seattle artist Samaj, and fabricated by the inflatable specialists Seattle Design Nerds, The Gas Trap performance is written and directed by Portland native Alyssa Norling and will be performed by Aly Norling and Grace Orr, Northwest theatre and movement artists who use the endless possibilities of public art for social change.
Coltura's Gas Free Concert Featuring Industrial Revelation
America’s leading gasoline opponent Coltura produces the first-ever No Gasoline Concert - a landmark cultural event where all musicians and their gear will travel to and from the event without using gasoline. Concert features musical performances from fusion super group and Seattle-favorites, Industrial Revelation, jazz duo Bad Luck, and solo cellist Lauri Goldston. Come enjoy great music, and get there without using gasoline.
June 30, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
All band and audience members arrived without use of gasoline.
THE GAS TRAP
Using public art to drive environmental activism, award-winning anti-gasoline nonprofit Coltura took to the streets on June 2 to present The Gas Trap, 25-foot-high inflatable, kinetic sculpture stage and live performance piece that calls attention to the harm—and death—caused by our individual and collective use of gasoline. Conceived by Coltura founder Matthew Metz, designed by local artist Samaj, and fabricated by Seattle’s inflatable specialists, the Seattle Design Nerds, The Gas Trap performance is written and directed by Cornish graduate Alyssa Norling and will be performed by Alyssa Norling and Grace Orr, Seattle-based theatre and movement artists who use the endless possibilities of public art for social change.