Tell Governor Brown: Ban Fracking Now
Sacramento – January 6, Sierra Room, California Environmental Protection Agency Building, 10th and I streets, 3–7 p.m.
Public hearings on the draft environmental impact report:
Oakland – December 10, Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th St., 4-8 p.m.
Learn more about California fracking and our "Fracking Pollutes California" billboard in Los Angeles. If you can't make it to any of the hearings but live in California, take action online now.
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• Dec. 4-8: “Gator in the Bay” Everglades Educational Project (FL)
The “Gator in the Bay” is a 250-foot-long floating art project — a much-larger-than-life floating alligator meant to draw attention to the conservation of the Florida Everglades. Last year the enormous head of the Gator, mounted on a barge, appeared in southern Florida’s Biscayne Bay during Miami's annual Art Basel show, a famous international show of modern and contemporary artwork.
This year the artist, Lloyd Goradesky, has arranged for the Miami Yacht Club to host the entire Gator in the Bay — that is, the head on the barge plus a body composed of photographs taken in the Florida Everglades — during the Art Basel. It’s expected to grab even more media attention than last year, with planned events such as ribbon-cutting ceremonies featuring city mayors and local sports celebrities. A five-day educational event will involve a wide range of groups and individuals concerned with Everglades conservation — including the Center.
We’ll be there to showcase our work to save Florida species, from the Cape Sable seaside sparrow to the Florida panther, as well as our commitment to addressing and fighting local threats, from unsustainable human population growth and development to sea-level rise and climate change.
From December 4–8, the Center will have a table and volunteers at the Miami Yacht Club to help educate the public about Everglades conservation — and to show the public how the Center is a part of it. The Gator in the Bay educational experience is free and open to the public.
If you’re in the area during the show, please visit our table — it’s a must-see.
Where: Miami Yacht Club, 1001 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132
When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
On Tuesday, December 10, the Oregon State Land Board is meeting in Salem to consider selling off roughly 3,000 acres of the Elliott State Forest.
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California is on the precipice of ramping up fracking for dirty, carbon intensive shale oil. At the same time, we purport to be leading the fight against climate change. So Californians are rising up to say no to fracking, and nationwide, environmentalists and social justice advocates are rising up in record numbers to stop coal. At the same time, the 21st century clean-energy revolution — embracing improved energy efficiency, solar and wind power, and electric vehicles — is gathering speed. What lies between? Can replacing coal with natural gas “bridge” the nation to clean energy? Can California frack for shale oil and fight climate change at the same time?
New data says “no fracking way.” Join renowned Dr. Anthony Ingraffea to discuss the threats posed by oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing to our water, our air, and the global climate.
This event is free, but RSVP here.
When: Wednesday, December 11. Doors open at 7, talk begins at 8.
Where: David Brower Center
Sponsored By: Earthworks, 350.org, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Environmental Health, Clean Water Action, David Brower Center, Friends of the Earth, Physicians, Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy, Californians Against Fracking
Learn more about fracking in California.
Anthony Ingraffea, P.h. D., P.E., is the Dwight C. Baum Professor and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow in the College of Engineering at Cornell University, where he has taught since 1977. He is also director of the Cornell Fracture Group and co-editor-in-chief of Engineering Fracture Mechanics. Dr. Ingraffea performed R&D for the oil and gas industry from 1984 through 2001 and is one of the most prominent national experts on the risks to water supplies from hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas. He has been outspoken about the need for sound independent science on the impacts of oil and gas development, and for stronger protections for people and the environment. In 2011, Dr. Ingraffea, along with research partner Dr. Robert Howarth and actor Mark Ruffalo, was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people of the year for his work exposing shale oil and gas impacts and shaping the debate on fracking.
The California Coastal Commission is meeting in San Francisco, giving us a golden opportunity to directly urge them to halt dangerous offshore fracking. Hazmat suit clad activists bearing surfboards will deliver a letter signed by more than 75 organizations across the state calling on the Commission to halt offshore fracking. Bring your surf or boogie board and we’ll bring you a hazmat suit.
When: Thursday, December 12 at noon
Where: Radisson Fisherman’s Wharf, 250 Beach St., San Francisco, CA 94133
Learn more about fracking in California.
Bats in North America are in grave jeopardy. Foremost among the threats they face is white-nose syndrome, a new fungal disease that first showed up near Albany, New York, in 2006. It has since spread to nearly all of the eastern, southern and midwestern states, and it's moving rapidly across Canada as well. White-nose syndrome is pushing several bat species to the brink of extinction, which could have ripple effects on farms, forests and human health.
Want to know more — and learn how to help? Wildlife biologist Mollie Matteson, a conservation advocate at the Center, will talk about why bats are important and the multiple threats to these amazing animals' survival — including not only disease, but pesticides, climate change and large-scale wind energy. Mollie's presentation is part of the North Branch Nature Center's Naturalist Journeys Slide Show and Lecture Series.
When: 7 p.m.
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Amphibians around the world are disappearing, and nearly a third are threatened with extinction. To better understand and conserve these animals, scientists need more information on their locations. And what better way to get the right info from around the globe than through people like you?
Fimmaker Josh Fox galvanized the world against fracking with his film Gasland. Now, he's doing it again with the sequel Gasland II — but this time, he's targeting another level ofcontamination due to fracking: "The contamination of our democracy through the intense influence of oil and gas corporations on our political system.
"The result," says the film's website, "is every bit as shocking as the first film."
Learn more about the Center's campaign against fracking.
Penguin photo by Michael Van Woert
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