October 11th, 2018

COMMUNITIES FROM SIX CONTINENTS TAKE ACTION AGAINST GAS AND FRACKING

GASTIVISTS AND FOOD & WATER EUROPE @Gastivists, @FoodWaterEurope

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COMMUNITIES FROM SIX CONTINENTS TAKE ACTION AGAINST GAS AND FRACKING

On and around October 13th, over 80 groups from six continents will stand together in a united fight against the gas, fracking and plastics/petrochemicals industry for the Global Gasdown-Frackdown Day of Action.

Dozens of actions are planned across North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania.

Different groups and organisations show the many ways in which gas and fracking harm the environment, air and water quality, communities’ health and the climate, with a multitude of activities; Anti-fracking debates in Peru, a protest against a planned LNG terminal in Germany and a stunt against plastic pollution caused by hydrocarbons in the UK, actions in Indonesia against gas drilling, a health impact webinar series,  an anti-fracking carnival in the UK and rally against fracking in Western Australia, are just some of the events of this year’s Global Gasdown-Frackdown. It connects the international fights against gas and fracking, demanding real climate solutions – our communities and our climate cannot afford another generation of fossil fuels.

One of the actions taking place is an event informing about socio-environmental impacts of fracking in Monterrey, Mexico. Teresa Garza, from Movimiento en Defensa de la Madre Tierra y de la Vida says: “I’ve seen the reaction of those who find out what fracking is and what it means. It is impossible to be indifferent. I think information is a good first step to fight against this horrid activity. I am happy to be near a serious and responsible organization that works with networks with in countries supporting citizens participation in forums such as this.”

“Having a global Gasdown-Frackdown shows we’re not alone. That other people as well are putting up a fight for what they love- be it their land, water, health or the climate. And that’s always encouraging” says a spokesperson from NoTAP Belgium, protesting against TAP a planned mega pipeline carrying gas from Azerbaijan to the EU.

In Brussels, several environmental NGOs will meet to show unity against gas. “The recently published IPCC report shows the urgency of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees and the need to phase out all fossil fuels, coal, oil and gas. We can’t afford to keep burning gas if we want to preserve a planet liveable for future generations. This action day, uniting different struggles across the world is a strong sign of resistance and hope”, says Frida Kieninger from Food & Water Europe.

Communities across the world are suffering from aggressively imposed gas infrastructure. Local democracy is often overruled, land rights dismissed, water sources poisoned and the environment polluted. This is under the false pretence that gas is a climate solution, a ‘bridge fuel’. However, when the entire supply chain is taken into account, it is no cleaner a fuel than oil and coal.

On and around October 13th, communities across the world are taking action, demanding a fossil-free future and real solutions.

GASTIVISTS AND FOOD & WATER EUROPE

Frida Kieninger

Food & Water Europe

+32 487 24 99 05

Kjell Kühne

Gastivists

+52-1-9671053425

Notes:

Website for Gastivists:https://gasdown-frackdown.org/

Website for Food & Water Europe: https://www.foodandwatereurope.org/

 

Food & Water Europe is the European programme of Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit organisation based in the United States. Food & Water Europe champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people and advocate for a democracy that improves people's lives and protects our environment. https://www.foodandwatereurope.org
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