Religious Leaders Oppose Fracking – Rally

Thousands of protestors gathered in the muggy heat of Washington, DC for the first-ever nationwide anti-fracking demonstration recently, held by coalition group Stop the Frack Attack, reports Catherine Woodiwiss at ClimateProgress. Leaders from Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Buddhist traditions, demonstrated the increasing solidarity of religious and secular activist groups when it comes to protecting the environment. “As persons of faith, and no particular faith, we gather to be protectors of this fragile planet,” said Rev. Bob Edgar, head of Common Cause. “So we are called to care for the earth – to stop fracking.” Some faith-climate activists within traditionally conservative denominations have coined terms like ‘creation care’ in the hopes of building broad consensus among environmentally-concerned religious groups along the political spectrum. But for groups like the Shalom Center and the Interfaith Moral Action on Climate (IMAC),  the severity of health issues and ecological damage associated with fracking necessitate taking a stand.  Ted Glick, an IMAC leader, says “From huge greenhouse gas emissions, to high levels of chemicals and water mixing and pollution levels … People see this as an incredibly basic human rights issue.”


Stop the Frack Attack: Religious Leaders Kick Off Nation’s First Ever Anti-Fracking Rally In DC  Posted: 31 Jul 2012 07:37 AM PDT by Catherine Woodiwiss


About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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