Worldwide Actions Call for Clean Energy in 'Global Frackdown'

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Worldwide Actions Call for Clean Energy in 'Global Frackdown'

“All over the world people are rising up to say, ‘Instead of fracking for ever dirtier fuel, it’s time to tap the endless energy of the wind and sun,’” said Bill McKibben

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Andrea Germanos, staff writer

At hundreds of actions across dozens of countries on Saturday, people are raising their voices as part of the second Global Frackdown to say "no" to the polluting practice of fracking, "yes" to a low-carbon economy fueled by clean, sustainable energy.

“All over the world people are rising up to say, ‘Instead of fracking for ever dirtier fuel, it’s time to tap the endless energy of the wind and sun,’” said Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, one of the organizations participating in the "Frackdown."

Organizers expect roughly 250 coordinated actions across over 25 countries.

Adding his voice of support is Josh Fox, the director of the highly-acclaimed movie Gasland and Advisory Board Member for Americans Against Fracking, who notes that "the movement for a ban on fracking is truly worldwide."

“From every perspective, be it water and air contamination, global climate change or the health of our democracies worldwide, we need to break from the past" and move towards a clean energy future, stated Fox. 

“In January, President Obama promised to take ‘bold action’ on climate change, but his plans to accelerate drilling and fracking will only exacerbate the problem," stated Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, the organization that initiated the event.  "It’s time for him to be a leader on the global stage and reject fracking as many communities around the world have already done.”

Organizers say the movement to ban fracking is not only global; it's building.

"Oil and gas industry, take notice," Hauter writes in the article "Five Reasons to Join Us for the Global Frackdown" with actor and anti-fracking activist Mark Ruffalo. "Our movement is growing and won't be stopped."

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Twitter users are following the actions in real-time:

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