Elected leaders from both political parties facilitated the fracking boom, that is impacting community health, water, air, and the climate on which we all depend, and we are calling on both the Democratic and Republican Parties to include a ban on fracking, environmental justice, keeping fossil fuels in the ground, stopping dirty energy, and a quick and just transition to 100% renewable energy in their platforms. We are holding a major action on the eve of the Democratic National Convention because Pennsylvania is one of the states that has been most impacted by the expansion of fracking. Harms in the state have been well documented. The convention will afford a national spotlight on these important issues and the need for our elected leaders – including President Obama and Governor Wolf, to take action. Also, with the national attention afforded by the convention and the presence of many key elected leaders there, it is a tremendous opportunity to bring the message of the need for bold action to these leaders and the public at large.
Fracking, also called “hydraulic fracturing,” is an extreme energy extraction method that involves injecting millions of gallons of water, sand and highly toxic chemicals underground at immense pressures to fracture subterranean rock and release fossil fuels. The process has been linked to earthquakes, drinking water contamination and serious human health effects in areas where it currently occurs.
In a sweetheart deal with energy companies negotiated by former Vice President Dick Cheney, fracking was exempted from major federal environmental laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act. Spills, leaks, blowouts and contamination from fracking are frequent. The process is far too risky to be adequately regulated. Also, fracking prolongs our dependence on fossil fuels, contributes to climate change and delays policies that will bring us truly clean energy.
A Clean Energy Revolution will look like the vast majority of United States citizens holding their government accountable to ending fossil fuels and supporting a swift, complete transition to an efficient and renewable energy future. There are many ways that people can engage in this revolution, from citizen lobbying to demonstrations and protests. Attending this march is just the first step to showing our government and the world that we will accept nothing less than a truly clean, renewable energy future.
Americans Against Fracking and Pennsylvanians Against Fracking are convening the March for a Clean Energy Revolution.The March for a Clean Energy revolution is being organized so those who are 501(c)(3)’s can fully participate. The March is a platform to educate the public and policy makers about the dangers of fracking and will not endorse, support, oppose, or coordinate with any candidate for public office. What we will be focusing on is using the spotlight on Pennsylvania to highlight the health, environmental, and community impacts of fracking and related activities, the need for the major political parties to recognize the realities and urgency of these impacts, and pressing our elected officials to take bold action to address these important issues. It is being organized by a broad coalition of organizations and grassroots groups from all over the United States. The full list of partners is available here.
We are lucky to have disability rights activists donating their time to help us make sure that we address as many accessibility issues as possible. We understand that accessibility for people with disabilities is a civil rights issue, and we are making this a priority as we organize this event. We now have two contacts dedicated to accessibility: firstname.lastname@example.org & español@cleanenergymarch.org.
In order to maintain everyone’s safety, it is important to be prepared for what the day provides us: weather, exercise, and a time-sensitive schedule. Bring a water bottle to fill-up at various water tanks that we’ll be providing, though we won’t provide the bottles themselves. Wear weather appropriate clothing, Philly can get really hot, wear a hat, sunglasses, and plan to bring some sunscreen. The March will take about two hours, wear comfortable shoes, and don’t forget to bring snacks. Feel free to bring a sign or poster in your efforts to support a Clean Energy Revolution!
If you want to support the march and can’t make it to Philadelphia, your organization can endorse the event & help spread the word. Individuals can sign on to get updates, news, and other pieces concerning the march here! There is an opportunity to donate, so that others can have a spot on a bus traveling to Philadelphia from their area, here!
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