October 24, 2013
The No Dirty Gold campaign calls on retailers, from large department stores to small businesses, to sign the “Golden Rules,” pledging to commit to more responsible metals sourcing. Thus far, 94 retailers have signed on to the Golden Rules, and the list continues to grow. This is one of a series of occasional interviews in which we ask retailers about why they signed the pledge and how they work to implement the Golden Rules in their business. Note that the views expressed by retailers do not necessarily reflect the view of Earthworks.
By Lauren Pagel
October 22, 2013
This weekend, Earthworks Eastern Program Coordinator, Nadia, and I attended Power Shift, a gathering of thousands of students and young people dedicated to fighting dirty energy and promoting a just transition to a clean energy future.
Over 6,000 people gathered in Pittsburgh, PA for 3 days of inspiration and education, followed by a march through the streets calling for an end to our dependence on fossil fuels. Fracking was a huge part of the discussion at Power Shift this weekend, with many impacted community members profiled as part of panel discussions and events.
October 21, 2013
On October 19, citizens all over the world came together to call for a moratorium on fracking, as well as other oil and gas stimulation activities that threaten human health and the environment.
In California, recently passed SB4 aims to regulate this kind of oil and gas development. But with Global Frackdown, citizens are instead calling for a moratorium on fracking -- perhaps because the track record of state enforcement across the country has shown state regulation is tantamount to no regulation at all. So with their call for a moratorium, communities are demanding their health be protected as a first priority, ahead of corporate profits.
October 18, 2013
When fracking happens there are documented impacts to people and the environment:.
- Federal government has both failed to respond and has actively walked away from these impacts.
- State regulators are guilty of malfeasance.
- Documentation of harm is denied and kept secret.
This pattern repeats itself all across the United States and the globe.
October 17, 2013
El 20 de septiembre del 2013, el gobernador de California, Jerry Brown, firmó la ley sobre normas para el fracking, la acidificación y otras técnicas de estimulación de pozos, las cuales no eran reguladas. Earthworks inicialmente apoyo la ley, presentada por la Senadora Fran Pavley, ya que existía una escasez de leyes básicas para proteger al público de la producción de petróleo por formas no convencionales. Earthworks retiro nuestro apoyo después que modificaciones al ultimo momento, pedidas por la industria petrolera, lograron restringir la ley, y redujeron su efectividad para la protección de la salud pública y el medio ambiente.