It's time to get down with the Global Frackdown!
MoveOn members have been leading tremendous grassroots campaigns to fight fracking in 43 states—organizing for a moratorium on fracking in California, fighting fracking pipelines in New York and Kentucky, stopping fracking mines in Minnesota and Illinois, and more.
There's so much work to focus on locally that it can be easy to forget that we're part of an amazing community of organizers and activists around the world fighting for a future with clean water, clean air, strong communities, and a liveable climate.On Saturday, October 19, "fracktivists" in more than 20 countries on 6 continents will rise up in action during the Global Frackdown—an international day of action to ban fracking and to protect our water, air and climate from the fossil fuel industry's assaults.
All sorts of creative actions are in the works—rallies in Belgium and France; a "No Frack Zombie Walk" in Buffalo, New York; a bike tour of fracking fields in Culver City, California.
Can you bring the Global Frackdown to Inwood by hosting a local action on Saturday, October 19?
You could gather petition signatures at your local farmers market, organize a speakout targeting your governor to ban fracking, or plan a flashmob—whatever inspires you and whatever will help grow the movement in New York. It's going to be fun, it's going to have an impact, and it's going to feel great, knowing that the movement in New York to stop fracking and its impacts is in solidarity with movements in Australia, Ireland, Mexico, and South Africa.
And we're making it easy for anyone to host an action. Once you register your event, we'll help out by providing a Global Frackdown event guide created by our friends at Food & Water Watch, by connecting you with other Global Frackdown event hosts to brainstorm creative ideas, and by recruiting local MoveOn members and allies to join you. And if we find out that someone near you is also planning a Global Frackdown event, we'll put you in touch with each other.
By joining with allies across the state—and across the world—on a single day, we'll focus our resources so that our message to ban fracking is heard load and clear. But we need your leadership in Inwood to make this big.
Can you host an event on Saturday, October 19 in Inwood as part of the New York Frackdown?
Here are some creative ideas we've already heard about for the Global Frackdown:
- Find out where local decision-makers will be on Saturday, October 19, and be there to greet them with signs and a crowd of people. That's what New Yorkers will do when Governor Cuomo—who's set to make important decisions on fracking in New York—speaks at an event in Manhattan on the day of the Global Frackdown.
- Remember the Pepsi Challenge? Do a Fracked Water Challenge at your local farmers market, your college, or other public venue to earn media attention and educate the public. When you offer passers-by a glass of water alongside a list of the chemicals used in fracking, they might think twice about drinking that water—driving home the inherent public health risks that come along with fracking.
- Gather a few friends and hit a busy commercial neighborhood, with a goal of signing up 10 local businesses on to a letter calling for a ban on fracking in New York.
Thanks for all you do.
–Victoria, Manny, Mariana, Bobby, and the rest of the team
P.S. Be sure to check out the Global Frackdown website to learn about the events happening around the globe, to access materials, and to spread the word on social media. Then, sign up to host an event in your community!
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