This year’s People & Planet Summer Gathering offered space for activists to engage with and help lay the foundations for the new Unconventional Fossil Fuels Campaign to be launched in the academic year 2013/14.
Much work will be done over the next year; developing effective strategies, nuancing our aims and building campaign links.
Another vital component in this process of campaign development involves getting yourself and others up to speed with the issues around shale gas and other forms of unconventional fossil fuels.
Far from an exhaustive list, below are some links to videos on fracking of mixed length to get started with and to share:
The Sky is Pink, A taster ahead of the release of Gasland II, Dir:Josh Fox, (18:34) 2012
Fracking: Things Find A Way, Short animated film by US NGO Earth Justice, concentrating on water pollution, (02:05) 2011
Dr. Ingraffea facts on fracking, lecture: Ingraffea speaks from the viewpoint of scientific, technological and engineering fact. (1:45:08), 2011
Keep an eye out for Unearthed: The fracking facade (2012). This great short film was being streamed on YouTube but has now been pulled, presumably so it can be released on DVD. This film is really good in the way that it systematically debunks the central claims by industry that fracking is a safe, established technology. Sad to see it’s no longer freely available but hopefully it will be on release soon.
No fracking film listing would be complete without reference to Gasland by Josh Fox (2010), arguably the most influential campaign film to be released this decade. Dogwoof, the film’s UK distributors, are hot on recuperating the licence fee for screenings – so keep an eye on your local Co-operative branch who are holding a number of free community events across the UK. To attend Derby’s screening on the 23rd July 14:00, please contact Tanya on Tanya.firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to have a say in what People & Planet’s new climate campaign should look like, or want to get involved in drawing up potential avenues for funding or maybe even get stuck into some serious policy research – get involved today.
Fracking and unconventional gas is in its infancy here in the UK. We have the opportunity to learn from experiences in the US and to stop the extraction of extreme energy before it really gets going.