When the crafters of the Declaration of Independence affirmed "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" as inalienable rights, they could not have known that private industry practices like fracking would one day pose grave dangers to the holders of those rights. Our guest today on Sea Change Radio, Maya van Rossum, asserts not only that protection from these dangers should be understood as inalienable, but that environmental protections should be explicitly named in our constitution.
During the 2016 presidential race, many environmentalists found it disheartening that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump actually seemed to agree on the expansion of fracking in the US. Some of us were wondering if the fight had been lost. That's why it's so encouraging to see good journalism persisting in the face of general indifference. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to Neela Banerjee of Inside Climate News, who recently wrote an article chronicling the travails of one small, vulnerable western Pennsylvania family.
by Rebecca Adamson, Native American economist, Founder and President, First Peoples Worldwide
“The fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline has implications beyond the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. It is a fight for everyone who wants clean air, clean water, and gender equality. As governments increasingly prove incapable or unwilling to protect these things, citizens are turning to the market and the market is responding.”
Earth Day is an annual celebration of the environmental movement—an earnest reminder to take stock of our progress, celebrate our successes, and lament our losses.
Many people take time on birthdays and holidays to reflect on the year gone by. As a dedicated environmentalist, Earth Day is a benchmark for me—a moment in time to pause and think critically about the headway we’ve made and setbacks we’ve experienced in our quest for sustainability.
On October 24, top Hollywood talent gathered at the Warner Bros. studio lot for the 25th annual Environmental Media Awards, a yearly awards show recognizing film and television that increase public awareness of environmental issues. FOX's The Simpsons collected the seventh award in the show's history for an episode exploring the issue of fracking.
Last week I met a young man who is about to major in environmental engineering. When he found out I blog about climate change, his first question was, “Is it already over?”
Clearly he intended to be provocative. But it was an interesting question from someone about to enter the environmental field. He wanted to talk about solar arrays in space and space elevators. Both are ideas that would in part alter the sun’s radiation, preventing it from warming earth.
When we think of the potential dangers of fracking for natural gas, what may come to mind is the dramatic image of flaming tap-water. But the prospect of methane released in the hydraulic fracturing process goes beyond contaminated ground water to include poor air quality and accelerated climate change. Researchers have struggled to accurately measure how much methane is released through fracking, and studies vary widely in their findings.