We need a bold response on fracking. We need you.
I’m from Scranton, Pennsylvania, a city under siege by fracking, so last week when I heard President Obama give a full throttled endorsement for natural gas, I winced. And based on the flurry of activity on Facebook and in blog posts, I know I wasn’t the only one alarmed.
Don’t get me wrong, President Obama’s commitments on climate, Keystone XL and reducing pollution from coal are a big step forward — but we cannot truly address the climate crisis and transition to a clean, just energy future by embracing false solutions. We need a U-turn on fracking, and it needs to start now.
Our pressure pushed President Obama to lead on climate and rethink Keystone XL, and now we must push back on fracking and make it clear that we demand a just transition away from ALL dirty energy to a clean energy economy.
In the coming weeks we’re going to ramp up our organizing to do just that, but for this to be successful we’re going to need a massive movement led effort.
Here’s how our plan is developing:
Thousands of us commit to join the movement against fracking and push the Obama Administration to change its course.
Starting next week, we host screenings of the new documentary Gasland 2 so our friends and neighbors learn about the dangers of fracking and join the fight to stop it. Josh Fox’s first film, Gasland, woke up the nation to fracking, and Gasland Part 2 has the ability to shake us further.
We stand behind leaders in impacted communities by joining escalated actions across the country -- communities across the country are facing fracking now, and drilling is even proposed on dozens of campuses across the country. It's outrageous and we've got to support the student leaders and community members leading these fights to protect their campuses and communities.
We come together this fall and make Power Shift 2013 most powerful mobilization in history against fracking and fossil fuels -- and to make that happen we needs thousands of people to commit to come to Pittsburgh ready to dig deep, strategize, train and take bold action. President Obama needs to see thousands of us in the streets taking action against the fracking industry, and feel our pressure.
Incredible organizing against fracking is already happening across the country. A true grassroots movement has emerged to fight this deadly industry, and it’s time for all of us to step up and join them.
Young people and the partners of Energy Action Coalition have been a critical part of the fight. From the Indigenous Environmental Network fighting to stop fracking on Fort Berthold Reservation, to the Sierra Student Coalition helping win the first ban on fracking in Pittsburgh, and the Energy Justice Network convening the first national anti-gas network meeting at Power Shift 2011.
Fracking has gone too far. Where I’m from in northeast Pennsylvania, and across the country, our water has been poisoned, our homes and workers are exposed to toxic chemicals, it’s setting off earthquakes and causing cancer. It needs to stop. I hope you’ll join me in standing up for my community and communities across the country to end this travesty.
Check out the trailer for Gasland 2 and sign up to host a screening with us: