Hey guys, so I found this website http://frack-off.org.uk/fracking-hell/ that is kind of an all in one source for the UK. First off, I like the play on words name – “frack off”. Second, the layout of the site is very easy to use, and they also have amusing titles for other subcategories. For instance, under the “Location” tab, there is a section called “Bad guys” which shows all of the exploration and production companies via Google Maps. They post news articles, blogs, have local group news postings, have a plethora of resource articles and links, and much much more. The best part is the Resource tab. What I really like about this section is the Top Films tab – it links a bunch of youtube videos that you can watch instantly and not just a list of movies that you would have to rent through Netflix or some website. By: Nathan Woo
This is the most recent article about anti-fracking I could find. http://www.ibtimes.com/three-colorado-cities-vote-favor-anti-fracking-measures-while-initiative-fails-broomfield-194-votes I looked for something recent because I think it’s the most relevant and the most inspiring; people are making a stand against fracking at this very moment and it’s working. In Colorado, they banned fracking for the next five years because the people are now aware of the dangers of fracking for their health and the environment. It’s not a really long term thing, but it’s a start. By: Shannon Lipp
I really like this article because it shows native people of New York rallying against fracking on their native land. http://honorthetworow.org/two-row-stands-in-solidarity-with-miq-maq-resistance-to-hydrofracking/ I feel like native Americans have been discriminated against for years and it is just horrendous that the fracking industry is trying to frack on the little indigenous land they have left. I also liked this article because it just provides great information for people that aren’t well informed about the act of tracking. http://frack-off.org.uk/fracking-hell/frontline/ This article aims to reach out to the public and address the dangers of fracking and who will be affected by it. By: Micheal Samson
I think this was a creative idea that developed into accessing and spreading information to spur citizen involvement. http://anoncentral.tumblr.com/post/21313960068/does-this-look-natural-to-you-fracking This is a recent article on the dispute between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Mi’kmaq First Nation in Elsipogtog, New Brunswick. This dispute demonstrated the r acism, state violence, and attacks on our water and the ecosystem. Anonymous has released supporting documentation, audio recording and photos, claiming to identify the officer’s unit of the incident. http://www.dailydot.com/news/anonymous-opfrackoff-racist-slur/ By: Stephanie Martinez
A group in Quebec, called La Campagne Moratoire d’une Generation (MDG or the One-Generation Moratorium Campaign) is devoted to stopping traditional and modern methods used for extracting polluting fossil fuels from being utilized by the energy industries in Quebec, especially on the St. Lawrence River. As organizer Philippe Duhamel describes in an article for civilResistance on opendemocracy.net, the individuals must pull together a strong but non-violent group in order to battle the incredible force of the companies involved and he asks, “What kind of organizing does it take to prevent countrysides from being turned into industrial wastelands drenched in fracking contaminants, dotted with methane-spewing drilling rigs and carcinogen-emitting holding ponds, criss-crossed by 24/7 trucking operations over pipelines running everywhere?” Here’s my link! http://www.opendemocracy.net/civilresistance/philippe-duhamel/civil-resistance-as-deterrent-to-fracking-part-one-they-shale-not-0 Each night, local folks were invited to a special event with local singers, skits, presentations and short movies, one of which was a participatory video made by local citizens. This is an inspiring story for several reasons. The first and foremost is the impressive results garnered from the 33 day peace walk. Another reason why this is a particularly cool form of civil resistance to fracking is because of the incredible creativity on behalf of the protesters. The incorporation of skits and paper mache props are especially interesting. Another cool factor was the community involvement with the participatory video for the city and the local singers. Building off of this research, I think that another way to protest the current situation in the energy industry would be to create a website (so that the domain is universal—the article described one of the chief challenges for the MDG being finding a way to unify the activists) and the website could feature artistic works that challenged fracking, such as videos of individuals performing beat poetry or monologues regarding sick family members, paintings and drawings of the desolate wasteland left behind by fracking, or stories about the dangers of fracking. By: Alexis Caligiuri
In the article, protestors gathered along the bridge and attempted to spread flyers and awareness about the destruction of fracking upon our environment. It interested me how not only did they simply show resistance by blindly attending the demonstration, but had attempted to publicize the negative effects of fracking to a wide scope of people. http://www.standard-freeholder.com/2013/11/09/seaway-bridge-closed-due-to-anti-fracking-protest The YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=921Qrd1R3bM showed the violence and out of control situation a fracking protest in New Brunswick had turned into. Protestors occupied the streets in front of fracking facilities for three weeks, until police began to pepper spray and shoot individuals. It was surprising how no one addressed the situation. Commentators reported the situation, and the story became viral through social media, but no action to further prevent the spread and continuation of fracking was mentioned. It was also pretty surprising how long some demonstrators blockaded the roads. They felt so strongly opposed that it would have been wrong to sacrifice any means of bettering their situation of water contamination and health defects. By: Sneha Patrachari
Here is a link to an article titled “Mi’kmaq Anti-Fracking Protest Brings Women to the Front Lines to Fight for Water,” which is basically about how a largely indigenous group of protesters in Canada facing off against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or RCMP. The protesters were largely a part of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society and had been camping on a worksite of “SWN Resources Canada” who is looking for shale gas. http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/11/10/mikmaq-anti-fracking-protest-brings-women-front-lines-fight-water-152169 I feel like this article nails the idea of social media as a huge part of awareness and protest because the article focuses on the initial image of an indigenous women kneeling and praying with a single eagle feather in front of her while facing a crowd of RCMP. The image unintentionally speaks to the idea that these corporations have the police on their side and those protesting are doing so despite the odds. I agree with many of my other peers in this sense–social media is what will help get the word out faster and most economically. By: Gabriella Cerezo
So I came across this website http://www.popularresistance.org/tag/fracking/ and it turned out to be very informative. I was amused on a compelling story about three members of a Mi’kmaq Warrior Society whom were held in custody for weeks without a trial because of the violent raid on anti-shale gas encampment. They are being charged with things they are not guilty of and sucks they are going through such situation when they just have good hearts and want to make a change for others. There’s a lot more information on other subcategories that I recommend everyone to look at. it’s a great resource article. On another note, something that can be done is maybe make a video and have it posted on every social network since everyone seems to be on such networks now a days and have it be forwarded to others and soon it will be known from everyone and will be causing a riot that the media will have to expose it and everyone gets to see the true colors of fracking. By: Yadira Navarro Landeros
Here’s a link to a news article about fracking protestshttp://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/21/new-brunswick-fracking-protests in New Brunswick. I’m pretty sure that we already discussed these particular protests in class, but one thing that this article mentioned that caught my eye was the fact that fracking isn’t always just a matter of wanting money vs. wanting to save the environment. It can actually involve whether or not people have some of their basic human rights. By: Joshua Ingersoll
This links to a news article about fracking bans being passedhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/06/colorado-anti-fracking-_n_4226712.html by vote in 3 cities in Colorado, while other cities are still uncertain over the election results. Apparently, one of the cities that passed the ban, Lafayette, is being sued by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association AND the governor of Colorado’s administration. Resistance Ideas: Well, this idea isn’t really a direct resistance, but setting up a charity for people who had to move due to fracking is something that isn’t talked about very much. Charities are usually only for the people in need of desperate help, so it probably wouldn’t generate too much money, but they catch attention better. People will become more interested in why such a charity exists and find out more about fracking. By: Christopher Mai
I found this video pretty interesting. http://www.popularresistance.org/video-one-man-stops-fracking/ Though it doesn’t go into much detail, the image of a single man standing up to huge corporations with grandiose machines was pretty profound to me. It reminded me of the man at Tiananmen Square, who potentially risked everything just for the sake of standing up for a cause he believed in.I think one of the foundations upon which resistance is built is knowledge. People cannot resist if they have no idea that fracking is even happening. The next step, as terribly superficial as it sounds, is getting money. Anti-fracking groups will somehow have to compete with lobbyists of big oil companies to buy legislation in Washington and in other countries around the world. Obviously, getting such huge amounts of money is no small task, but perhaps if more people knew about fracking, more people would donate. By: Zachary Moore
This website contains a video of News and also a list of pictures that people were protesting all around the world.http://rt.com/news/global-frackdown-fracking-protest-442/ I really like the way they used social media, which is twitter in this case to post public’s complaints to show how horrible the Fracking is. Also, the international wide protest shows that Fracking is a real problem for us in nowadays, and it’s not only one country or couple countries, it’s through out the whole world. Also, it showed real concerns from the people who lives around the Fracking area, which makes other people, like us, think about the real problem that could affect our daily lives. I like the way that connect the whole Fracking thing with social media. Ideas: we could make a song about how bad the fracking is and spread out all over the world, so that even though some people have never experienced Fracking, but they still know that Fracking is a bad thing, and we shouldn’t only thinking about ourselves. Also, we could ask some artists to draw some paintings about Fracking, like Graffiti Wall and etc. More than that, we could put out video or posters, Facebook pages and etc. By: Ming Yang
I found this awesome! Baldwin protest went directly to the source!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nnmk7Jnm5ow This is was really cool because I live really close to here! And to be honest I didn’t even know it was happening near my house that is really scary! I really like how these people really did something about it and tried to get the word out. I really like this quote! “I think our water supply is far more important, far more precious than any oil or gas that we can extract from the earth,” said Sally Hampton, Windsor Hills resident. “We can’t drink oil.”. I really like the grass root efforts because that is what I believe will really change things. They also have a video to discourage fracking. People actually making a difference I like that and they made a youtube video (link above)! I think however they need to spread the word and let people know about fracking and the danger it presents. Link:http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Fracking-Protested-California-Baldwin-Hills-Culver-City-Oil-Gas-158702185.html
By: Juan Paulo Paragan
I found three interesting website about the action against fracking.
The first one is the resistance in NY when NY decided to be fracked.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLEYtaEhO34 People there created a song to express their opinion against fracking.
The second one is the resistance in pepacton reservoir in NY state. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLV05eOlKgo A man is describing the damage caused by fracking and leading the people to show their angry toward fracking.
The third one is a website. http://www.dangersoffracking.com/You will see a drop of water. When you slide the bar in the right side, you will see the drop moving and the description and the damage of fracking will be shown.
The activism toward fracking has started for many years but the scale of fracking is still extending. People should definitely find a new method to get the energy instead of just banning the fracking! By: Changjuh Lei
I watched a video on youtube showing many residents in the UK protesting the fracking in the area via mass protest.1http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Cvr8N8k2vw I liked this particular form of resistance and video because it stands to show the resistance to the unsafe practice is growing. Also, the video was informative and showed protestors who were clearly upset for reasons they were aware of and even listed said reasons to reporters. I wanted to get more of the adult world aware of the problem. I was thinking of doing this in several ways, one of which involved my parents. For example, my mother works at Kaiser and I was thinking about making informational pamphlets to distribute to her coworkers that would explain fracking and the harm it’s doing, thereby raising awareness and recruiting more people to combat destructive fracking simultaneously. By: Kenneth Harary