Is cheap natural gas worth poisoning children? It’s a question we all need to answer truthfully. Especially when it comes from the mouths of children themselves.
I met Devon Haas at the Stop the Frack Attack rally in Washington, DC. She is a beautiful eight-year-old-girl who was out in the blazing heat with her sign, fully present to do her part to stop the insanity of fracking. She lives in Pennsylvania, where fracking is taking over at lightening speed. Accidents and spills abound, contaminating water and air. The gas industry will not own the contamination they are causing, but they do own the governor and the Department of Environmental Protection.
Devon makes clear the obligation we have as a society to stop the destruction of the planet and get serious about renewable energy. How can we do otherwise? How can we not do our part to make sure the water she drinks and the air she breathes are safe? We are the caretakers of their future, and the future is now.
Devon is currently involved in Kids of the Gulf, a documentary film in progress that features two kids – Devon and Devin – who are determined to have a positive impact in the Gulf coast region in the aftermath of the BP oil spill by telling the stories of the children affected by the spill. She is also the founder of Kids Army Worldwide , which connects tens of thousands of kids around the world together for environmental and social justice issues that matter most to kids today.
Hydraulic fracturing a.k.a. fracking is the current form of natural gas extraction that is sweeping the nation and the globe. It’s beyond toxic, poisoning people, ecosystems, our precious water supply and the air we breathe. Yet the gas industry has all the money it takes to drill away, passing on drilling’s heaviest costs to landowners, local communities and future generations. There are even legal gag orders on doctors in Pennsylvania and Ohio that prevent them from revealing to patients the specific chemicals showing up in their bodies as a result of fracking. Enough is enough!
The Stop the Frack Attack rally and march in DC is happening on Saturday, July 28th, 2012. It will be bursting with good people who want a safe and promising future for all. Let your voices be heard over the sound of the mighty dollar that has bought our elected officials. All rally details can be found at stopthefrackattack.org.
Here’s Barbie’s latest anti-frack rap, “Hit the Road, Frack.” She’s had it, too…