Thousands of people across five continents took part in last year’s Global Frackdown and this year’s is shaping up to be an even more impressive show of solidarity. On October 19, individuals and activist groups in communities around the world will gather to raise their voices and tell their local elected officials that they want a future lit by clean, renewable energy, not dangerous fossil fuels. So far, over 200 events are planned in 19 countries. The movement to ban fracking has grown strong and wide over the past year, but it needs your help to keep the momentum going!
So, you want to get involved in this monumental, world-wide day of action to protect your community from the harmful effects fracking has on air, water, health and public safety? Simple. Host a Global Frackdown event! We’ll give you the tools; all you need is a bit of creativity and some fire in your gut.
Global Frackdown events should be educational, and should build your local movement against fracking. They should also be fun! The more people we have as part of our movement, the more power we will have to stand up against the oil and gas industry’s global pressure to increase gas development — so let’s get to it. Here’s how you can organize a successful Global Frackdown event in your community.
- Don’t try to plan the event by yourself. Recruit a friend to help you.
- Register your event on our website so nearby members of your community can join. You can also get people to join your event by posting an event listing in your local newspaper, on social media or by handing out flyers.
- Visit our website for materials and talking points.
- Target your local elected officials. Their job is to listen to constituents. If you need help on who to target, contact us! E-mail kkiefer(at)fwwatch(dot)org.
What does a Global Frackdown action entail? That’s ultimately up to you, but we have some ideas to get you started.
- Collect Petitions. Set up a table at a local farmers market or school event, host a potluck at home with your friends or host a film screening (see number 3). These are all fun, simple ways to collect signatures for a ban on fracking and converse with those around you about the issue. Petition signatures are a direct way of showing local officials that your community supports the movement to ban fracking. When you have finished collecting, send them to us and we will help you deliver them to your local decision makers.
- Make a Human Sign. Time to get creative and be visible! What do you want to tell your local officials? Choose a public space and either spell a message with actual people or have them hold up individual letters. This is a great way to get kids involved with some poster board and markers. Decide ahead of time when and where everyone should meet. And, don’t forget to take pictures!
- Host a film screening. Gasland and Gasland II are compelling films about fracking that will inform your community and spark discussion after the film. To request a copy, email kkiefer(at)fwwatch(dot)org. You can host a private screening at your home or reserve a space and invite your community. College campuses or community and arts centers are great. Tell your elected officials about it, collect petition signatures and be sure to check back with us after.
- Host a rally. What better way to make your concerns heard than by shouting them? Gather your community and together tell your elected officials what you are fighting for by holding a rally in a public space outside his or her office. Are you fighting for clean water? Clean air? Safe food? Safe communities? Get your friends involved by asking them to create signs and come up with a few chants. Make sure to bring petitions, take photo and video and have fun! Download our toolkit for sample chants and other materials.
- Don’t forget to spread the world (and the photos) on the web. Visit our social media guide for how to connect with the Global Frackdown online. Or, send your photos to kkiefer(at)fwwatch(dot)org and we will share them. Social media is a great way for you to keep us updated on your event and to also tune in with other events around the world. Most importantly, it is a way to make the movement heard.
Since last year’s Global Frackdown, the movement has passed more than 336 measures against fracking in communities across the United States. Bulgaria and France have upheld bans. The Netherlands and Czech Republic have passed moratoria. South Africa and Ireland have delayed fracking. Communities in other countries have mobilized to pass local legislation. The second annual Global Frackdown is less than two weeks away. Join us!