In this post, we read, listen, act, and reflect on November's topic: fracking. This article has been adapted from our sustainability newsletter, so please sign up for it to stay in the loop.
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🎯 Action step 1 of 4: READ — Let's start by looking at a few articles together.
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Anyway, back to fracking -- I picked it as this month's topic for two reasons:
Alexandria is the co-founder of ENERGYminute, a movement which seeks to enable people to access complex information and depolarize challenging subjects. She's super impressive; you can read more about her here.
So, say hi to Alexandria, and let's see what she says about fracking.
If you need some more convincing to read the full post, here's some snippets. If you're curious to learn more, the post has all the sources linked to it.
Read the full blog post here - it's only 4 minutes long and is a fantastic overview of fracking.
🏁 Checkpoint: This is the end of action step 1 of 4: READ.
🎯 Action step 2 of 4: LISTEN — we'll watch a short video or listen to a podcast to further expand on our topic.
In 2014, the Center on Poverty, Race, and the Environment put out a video to appeal to then-governor of California, Jerry Brown, to stop fracking in the state.
Last section, we talked about how Fracking isn't entirely the bad guy, so... what's their deal?
Well, the effects of climate change and environmental destruction have outsized impacts on communities of color.
Alexandria Shrake's interview from last week answered a lot of our questions on if fracking itself was "good" or "bad", but as she said, it's a complex issue. Now it's time to hear from the people most affected by fracking in Kern County, California, where 75% of the state's oil is produced.
The fracking situation in California has since improved. Current governor Gavin Newsom supported a fracking ban and imposed regulations prohibiting oil and gas activity in close proximity to schools. However, it's unclear how committed he is to preventing destructive methods of oil extraction.
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🏁 Checkpoint: This is the end of action step 2 of 4: LISTEN.
🎯 Action step 3 of 4: ACT — Now it's time to do something. Let's go!
These actions focus on investing in a renewable, clean future. As we learned through Alexandria Shrake's interview, fracking is partially responsible for an emissions reduction and to eliminate it completely, we have to shift our economy away from fossil fuels. Cheers to starting small right now!
🏁 Checkpoint: This is the end of action step 3 of 4: ACT.
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🎯 Action step 4 of 4: REFLECT — what can you commit to? What fresh perspectives can we look at?
Before we get into your answers, f you are spending the holidays with family, here's an excellent podcast episode on how to talk to your family about climate change. It's ~30 min and talks about how a Republican congressman's son got him to care about climate. The episode and a 6-step plan with resources are available here.
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THREE | Finally, if you sent in some fracking questions or want to learn more, find some answers below from our fracking expert Alexandria Shrake. You can also sign up for ENERGYminute, her all-things-energy newsletter or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the answers to the questions below, you can find a Google Doc by Alexandria here.
Before we wrap, a lovely note from Alexandria to all of us:
"I'm so glad to be part of Soapbox Project's journey. There are no simple solutions to complex issues, but we can build relationships and connections to advance decarbonization in an equitable way for all people, especially vulnerable populations. I welcome peoples feedback, questions, and comments at email@example.com."
I know 100% more about fracking now than I did a month ago. Neat!
🏁 Checkpoint: This is the end of action step 4 of 4: REFLECT.
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