Historic coalition tells world leaders to say Au Revoir to Fracking ahead of global climate summit in Paris
Media advisory for November 3
Food & Water Watch kicks off series of events calling for a ban on fracking at rally outside the White House Tuesday
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, November 3, at 12 p.m. EST, Food & Water Watch, joined by over 1,200 groups worldwide, will launch a series of worldwide events telling leaders that fracking and associated extreme fossil fuel extraction must not be a component of any international climate agreement. Participants at the events across the U.S. and around the world will deliver to policymakers a historic letter signed by over 1,200 groups worldwide, signifying the broadest demonstration calling for a ban on fracking to-date.
At the kick-off event on Tuesday in Washington, participants will rally outside of the White House to deliver a letter targeting President Obama, urging him to keep fracking off the table, keep fossil fuels in the ground, and move to a 100 percent renewable energy future at the United Nations’ Paris Climate Conference, or COP21, next month.
“President Obama should go to Paris as a real Climate Leader in Chief,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “The only way he can show true and necessary leadership during the negotiations next month is to stop facilitating the greenwashing of fracking and to do everything in his power to move our nation quickly towards a renewable and energy efficient future.”
The Global Frackdown letter is signed by over 1,200 international, national, state, and local organizations, including over 700 organizations based in the United States.
What: Rally urging President Obama not to endorse fracking as a “climate-friendly” solution at the global climate summit in Paris this December through the delivery of a letter signed by over 1,200 organizations who oppose fracking as a climate solution.
When: Tuesday, November 3 at 12 p.m. EST
Where: The White House
- Bill Snape, Center for Biological Diversity
- Darcey O’Callaghan, Food & Water Watch
- Erich Pica, Friends of the Earth
- Julia West, Fossil Free American University
- Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., Hip Hop Caucus
- Marianne Comfort, Sisters of Mercy
- Betty Richardson-Robin, National Nurses United
Visuals: Nearly 100 people will gather outside the White House with banners, signs, art pieces, and other creative visuals.