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Global Frackdown sees thousands unite against dirty energy

Global Frackdown

Global Frackdown Bugaria, Courtesy of Цвети Павлова‎, Facebook, 2014

In over 250 events across the world, thousands of anti-fracking activists from more than a dozen countries joined together this weekend to call for a ban on the dirty energy technology.

Organised by Food & Water Watch, the day of action saw activists mobilise all forces in an effort to protect air, water, climate and communities from fracking.

The a coalition of hundreds of groups worldwide who took part on the protest also sent a letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him to reject fracking as part of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.

The event was the 3rd Global Frackdown since 2012.

Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch Executive Director said:

Across the globe a powerful movement is emerging that rejects policies incentivising fracking natural gas as a bridge fuel to a sustainable energy for all must stimulate energy efficiency and renewable energy programmes, not foster fracking for oil and gas. The hundreds of Global Frackdown events mark the growing consensus that fracking should be banned.

From Bulgaria to Lithuania from the UK to California, the weekend saw people come together across the world to protest the expansion of fracking.

In the UK, activists in London – one of many anti-fracking protests in the country – transformed a HSBC bank in the centre of the city into a mock drilling rig to highlight the bank’s role in financially supporting fracking companies.

Meanwhile in Alice Springs, Australia protesters swamped Snow Kenna Park to raise concerns about the potential impacts of aquifers.

It was one of four rallies that took place across the Northern Territory, while others also took place across Australia.

In Bulgaria activists took to the streets of cities across the country over the lack of transparency over oil and gas exploration, while in Ohio, US protesters aimed to raise awareness against the practice of dumping fracking waste.

Anti-fracking protesters used the day to call for a ban on shale exploration across many US states. 

The day of action highlights the widespread and growing opposition across the world to fracking, over concerns about its potential health impactswater contaminationmethane leakage and the threat of earthquakes.

Shale gas is not the answer. Mounting scientific evidence shows that fracking is not only inherently unsafe for both public health and ecosystems, but that fracking may actually drive global warming more than conventional fossil fuels due to methane leakage association with the process.

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