Sunday, September 23, 2012

Global Frackdown on Five Continents!

Fracking for oil and gas poses a direct and immediate threat to our drinking water, our health and our communities. But the oil and gas industry is ramping up its PR machine to try and convince the public and decision makers that fracking is safe. It’s time to fight back in our communities with a Global Frackdown!
There is a tremendous amount of organizing going on across the world to protect our water and our communities from fracking.
Together as a movement, in the past year we have:
  • Passed over 200 local measures across the United States to ban fracking (including state-level legislation in Vermont);
  • Stopped fracking in Bulgaria and France;
  • Pushed for moratoriums in multiple regions in Europe;
  • Obtained a moratorium on fracking in South Africa;
  • Defeated state legislation that would have expanded fracking;
  • Prevented plans to open the Delaware River Basin to fracking;
  • Worked to stop pipelines and facilities to export fracked gas from coast to coast.
The Global Frackdown will unite concerned citizens everywhere for a day of action on September 22, 2012 to send a message to elected officials in our communities and across the globe that we want a future fueled by clean, renewable energy, not dirty, polluting fossil fuels.
This Fall as the United States debates its energy future and the oil and gas industry escalates its public relations offensive, it’s critical that our elected officials – some of whom are running scared – hear the truth in a powerful way from their constituents. It’s time to expose the oil and gas industry’s propaganda for what it is. It’s time to hold our elected officials accountable. It’s time for a Global Frackdown!
Participants in the Global Frackdown will be organizing events in their communities to challenge decision makers to oppose fracking, united around a common mission statement calling for a ban on fracking and investment in a clean energy future.
Are you ready for the Frackdown? Sign up to endorse the day of action or join or host and event in your area.
About Fracking
Fracking, technically known as hydraulic fracturing, is a highly water-intensive and relatively new process that injects millions of gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals thousands of feet beneath the ground to obtain previously hard-to-reach oil and gas deposits. This polluting process is:
  • Endangering our drinking water supplies
  • Polluting our air
  • Releasing dangerous levels of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that can migrate into nearby wells, causing home explosions
  • Negatively impacting agricultural communities
  • Perpetuating our addiction to fossil fuels
Learn more about the risks fracking imposes on our water, air and communities.

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