Monday, August 20, 2012

September 22: Join the Global Frackdown Day of Action

On September 22 Alliance for Democracy joins the growing coalition in the Global Frackdown Day of Action calling for a global ban on fracking.

Join this growing and powerful people’s movement to ban fracking not just in the U.S., but world-wide. This is one big step toward environmental and climate justice that will help secure national and international peace and freedom now and for future generations.

Alliance for Democracy is one of many hundreds of partner endorsing organizations. Sign on here as an AfD chapter, member network, or as an individual. Encourage your union, professional organization, community group or faith group to sign up too.

As a partner organization, we’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Have local events featured on the Global Frackdown website with a link to our website and each scheduled event
  • Increase media attention locally by tying the local event to the global day of action
  • Have sample materials for use on the day of action, including: a media advisory template, events page to track registrations, and editable flyers 
  • Create a powerful counter-narrative to the “dirty” energy industry’s PR by having coordinated, unified actions across the world.

Start now to plan a dynamic community action for September 22 
This could be a film screening, a potluck where participants can take photos with signs opposing fracking, a petition-signing to send to local and state legislators, or higher visibility events like constructing a fracking rig in a public space, coming together to make a human sign… just use your imagination. We’ll post your event to the AfD website and Facebook page.

Have a house party and show Gasland the award-winning documentary by Josh Fox. By the DVD on Amazon and use this Home Screening Tool Kit.

Go beyond the call to ban fracking by promoting solutions like Oregonians for Renewable Energy: OREP and the use of feed-in tariffs to jump start locally produced renewable and job creation at the same time. Print out OREP’s “Democratizing the Grid: A Sustainable Energy Future for Oregon”  brochure and distribute at you local September 22 event.

Educate your community on the impact of “dirty fuels” on the environment, public health, and global warming, and the renewable energy alternative now being pioneered by OREP, by requesting that your local public access TV station play these interview programs of leading activists on Populist Dialogues, available for free broadcast through PEGMedia.

This Global Frackdown will focus international attention to the oil and gas industry’s pro-fracking propaganda. Natural gas fracking IS NOT green energy. And with U.S. consumption down due to conservation, fuel-efficient vehicles, and a glut of natural gas that has reduced profits in the U.S., the rush to increase natural gas production in the U.S. is not for “energy independence,” but for export requiring thousands of miles of new pipe and rail lines to the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific with huge terminal complexes planned for Washington and Oregon. Why subsidize “dirty” oil, gas and coal? Why not subsidize a sustained transition to true, green renewable energy, now?

In this “Viewpoint” web exclusive, Josh Fox, environmental activist and director of “Gasland,” talks about fracking and his new “emergency film,” The Sky is Pink about the impact of fracking on NY state, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo is considering allowing fracking in just a few counties.

Suggested reading
“Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating the Frack from the Fiction” by the Pacific Institute, Oakland, CA, is an excellent source for detailed information, charts and maps on the threat of natural gas fracking to our fresh water resources and health materials take.

“Scientists Tell Senate Panel: Climate Change Is Here and Disaster Costs Will Be Huge” 

“Common Sense: Banning Fracking at the Local Level”

Go to the Fracking Action Center for:  “How Much Do You Know About Fracking?,” “Why Ban Fracking?,” “Hazards to Drinking Water Aren’t the Only Reasons,” “Ready to Ban Fracking?,” “Your Efforts to Grow the Movement are WORKING,” and much more.

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