I'm Josh Fox, director of the films Gasland and Gasland 2.
In 2008 my family's home and my neighbors' homes came under siege by the gas industry, which was buying up leases left and right to start fracking all over the Delaware River Basin. I've experienced first hand the devastation that fracking brings.My two documentaries, Gasland and later Gasland 2, became award-winning films precisely because they called out the fracking industry for its lies and put a face on the millions of Americans at risk—along with our environment and global community—because of the largest domestic fracking campaign in history.
Traveling all across the U.S., I witnessed the destruction that drilling and fracking brings to communities, to public health, and to the environment. Water so contaminated it lights on fire, air so polluted it causes multiple health problems, and communities overrun by this destructive industry.
And along the way, I've seen that our only way out is to organize—to rally together, to petition our elected officials, to get out into the streets.
That's why I'm very excited about MoveOn's new initiative to support the fracking movement at its heart, and why I hope you'll apply to be one of 50 MoveOn #FrackingFighters.
Applications are due this Tuesday, December 3, at 10 p.m. local time—so don't wait any longer to apply.
You can also help by forwarding this email to friends or family who might be affected by fracking. Or click here to share this opportunity with folks in your network on Facebook. Nearly every state is touched by some part of the fracking process, and the climate change caused by the fossil fuel industry truly affects us all.
If you're selected as a FrackingFighter, you'll receive a $500 grant to use for your campaign, a toolkit of materials like banners and clipboards, and training from experienced organizers. And you'll join a network of grassroots leaders fighting fracking across the country—from the oil fields in California and Texas, to the gas fields in Pennsylvania and Colorado, from the Midwestern dunes being mined for the silica sand used in fracking, to the New Jersey and North Carolina neighborhoods threatened by pipelines and export terminals that would transport fracked gas.
I had the pleasure of working with MoveOn members to screen Gasland 2 at movie parties coast to coast earlier this year—and I've since met MoveOn members across the country who are educating their neighbors, lobbying their elected leaders, and earning media coverage to put an end to fracking.
In my town, after years of meetings, letters, and phone calls, we won. This summer, the two biggest gas companies fracking in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, announced they were canceling all leases and backing out of fracking in our county.
It's only the start of what our movement can make possible. We need more victories like that across the country—and you can be part of it by applying to be a MoveOn #FrackingFighter before the deadline at 10 p.m. this Tuesday, December 3.
Thanks—and good luck,
P.S. La solicitud para #FrackingFighters también está disponible en español aquí: http://moveon.org/frackingfighters/solicitud/index.html?source=email. Please forward this email to friends and family or click here to post about #FrackingFighters on Facebook, so that we can reach even more people with this exciting opportunity. Applications are due this Tuesday, December 3, at 10 p.m. local time.
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