The Fifth Global Frackdown, is an international day of action held on October 15 to challenge the oil and gas industry and ban fracking worldwide.
The global action demands from governments:
- An immediate ban without any exemptions of all types of fracking with regard to the research, exploration and exploitation of fossil energy sources. This ban should apply whether or not the fracturing occurs with or without chemicals, hydraulically or in other ways.
- A halt to the import and export of “fracked” fossil fuels and a cessation of infrastructure expansion to support this trade.
- A ban on the injection of the fracking waste as a disposal method.
- A revision of the existing mining laws. The revision must focus on ensuring the highest environmental standards and the participation rights of the public.
- A commitment to make the investments necessary for a quick and just transition to a 100% renewable energy future, so we can usher in the “Clean Energy Revolution” we desperately need to avoid the worst impacts of the climate emergency.
The time has come for all of us, in an unitedglobal gesture, to call on our elected leaders to ensure a sustainable future for our country, communities, and families.
Communities around the world are demanding a future powered by clean, renewable energy, not dirty, polluting fossil fuels. United, we call on our legislators to ban fracking, stop the import of fracked fossil fuels and consequently implement the needed measures for the clean energy revolution.
The oil and gas industry has spent millions of dollars on slick PR campaigns and high-profile lobbying efforts to buy the ability to extract fossil fuels from our communities and to expand the global Liquefied Natural Gas network with as little government oversight as possible, all while endangering and destroying our air, water, land resources and our climate. We can’t allow this to continue — our environment and our health and the future of the coming generations are too precious to be fracked.
We need to make sure that the COP21 agreement is just a start, and that we build on it and work to ensure that in its implementation, fracking for shale gas, tight gas, coalbed methane and tight oil, as well as other extreme fossil fuel extraction methods, are incompatible with climate stability.
That's why we also say "NO to the fossil fuel industry at the COP22" and demand that climate change denier lobbyists like ExxonMobil are being excluded from the talks in Morocco.
Since the first Global Frackdown we have made great strides. But our work is not over! As the oil and gas industry ramps up its public relations offensive, it is critical that our elected officials hear the concerns of their constituents. Fracking is an inherently dangerous practice that has far reaching effects.
Gas is NOT a bridge fuel to a LOW carbon economy.
It is a bridge to environmental destruction and a climate disaster."
Photos: Wikipedia (Gas flame) and Ana Carla Conceicao (beach photos)