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August 19th, 2013

The Top 7 Things You Can Do to Protect Our Nation’s Treasured Lands

By Mark Schlosberg 

If you’ve been following our blog closely over the past few weeks, you know that the Obama Administration is pursuing plans to drill and frack for oil and natural gas on federal lands. But these lands are our lands, and include many treasured national parks that would be severely affected by nearby fracking activity. Moreover, although President Obama is considering moving ahead with fracking in order to combat climate change, drilling and fracking for oil and gas will actually exacerbate that problem. 

The deadline for public comments is August 23, and so far, Food & Water Watch and its allies have collected hundreds of thousands of petitions from concerned Americans who know that fracking should occupy no place in our nation’s energy future. 

The next few days are going to be key in historic effort to protect our parks, water, air and communities from this toxic, senseless practice. There are plenty of ways you can help. 

Join the Movement to Ban Fracking1.) Sign this petition to President Obama and the Bureau of Land Management. 

2.) Hop on this conference call with Mark Ruffalo and others on August 20 to hear next steps for the campaign, and even more ways to get involved. 

3.) On August 21, call President Obama at 1-888-660-2594, and tell him: “Fracking threatens the air we breathe, the water we drink, the communities we love and the climate on which we all depend. Don’t pursue policies that promote fracking and the export of natural gas. We need to ban fracking now!” Show your support by signing up for the event. 

4.) Check out these great images from our friends at the Post Carbon Institute and share them on your Facebook wall. 

5.) Swap your Facebook banner out for this one. While you’re at it, you can also change your profile picture

6.) Donate a sliver your social media feed to the cause on August 21 by signing up for this Thunderclap

7.) If you’re going to be in Washington, D.C. on August 22, swing by Lafayette Square and to tell the Obama administration that fracking will not help combat climate change, and will actually make it worse. 

We know we’re up against some mighty powerful foes. The oil and gas industry has deep pockets and lobbying heft. But we have something they don’t–sound science and common sense. The facts are on our side, and it’s just a matter of time before our nation’s leaders get hip to what you already know: that fracking is inherently unsafe, and that we can’t rely on regulations to protect our communities and vital resources. We need to ban fracking now! 

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