Media Advisory, October 28, 2015

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“Ditch and Switch” Panel to Explore How California Can End Fracking, Embrace Clean Energy

BERKELEY, Calif.— Stanford University scientist Mark Jacobson will join Center for Biological Diversity climate law expert Kassie Siegel in Berkeley on Thursday for a discussion on how and why California must halt fracking, move away from dirty fossil fuel extraction and quickly embrace a clean-energy future.

The discussion will be moderated by Strela Cervas, co-director of the California Environmental Justice Alliance, and the event will be cohosted by the Center and more than 30 allies

What: Ditch and Switch: Discussion explores how California can end fossil-fuel extraction and embrace 100 percent wind and solar.

Who: Stanford University scientist Mark Jacobson and Center for Biological Diversity climate law expert Kassie Siegel.

Where: The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley.  

When: Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.

RSVP: To reserve a seat, RSVP here.

To avoid climate change’s worst dangers, most fossil fuels must stay in the ground. Yet Californians live in the country’s third-largest oil-producing state behind Texas and North Dakota.

As the environmental movement increasingly works to halt fossil fuel extraction, scientists are closing in on a pathway to meet our energy needs with 100 percent wind and solar energy. Siegel and Jacobson will discuss the need to address both the production and consumption side of oil and gas extraction. 

Jacobson is professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University and director of its Atmosphere and Energy Program. Jacobson’s research focuses on how wind, water and solar power can be scaled up in cost-effective ways to fulfill our energy demands. In 2011 he cofounded The Solutions Project, a group that combines science, business, and culture to develop and implement science-based clean-energy plans for states and countries.

Siegel is director of the Center’s Climate Law Institute. The Center is a founding member of Californians Against Fracking, the statewide coalition of more than 200 groups working for a ban on fracking and other extreme extraction, an immediate end to all oil and gas production near homes, schools, hospitals, and a rapid phase-out of all fossil fuel production in California.


The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 900,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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