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Hydrofracking is on the brink of a huge expansion. Now is the time to take action. For your community to get involved takes awareness and knowledge. We encourage you to educate your friends and neighbors about hydrofracking by organizing a community event.
Gasland is a powerful documentary that asks the question, “Is fracking safe?” Josh Fox, the director, was offered a drilling lease for his land. In the film he travels the country to find an answer to this question. One of Fox’s first stops is Dimock, Pennsylvania where residents are able to light their drinking water on fire because it has been contaminated with natural gas.
For a public screening, you need to purchase the right to show the film. Jews Against Hydrofracking has obtained the right to show the film 100 times. We can give you permission if you register your event.
The quickest and easiest way to get a DVD of Gasland is to purchase it on Amazon ($10-15).
The Gasland House Party Guide includes ideas for planning and publicizing your event and for engaging participants in action on the spot.
Download our Gasland Jewish Discussion Guide.
Carbon Nation is a film about how we can meet America’s need fore energy without fossil fuels. It is an upbeat, optimistic film. You will meet a wind farmer in Texas and scientists producing jet fuel from algae.
Renewal is a film about people of different faiths who are taking action to protect our planet. A Jewish segment portrays how Teva Learning Center and Adamah inspire children and young adults by combining environmental education with Jewish tradition. On the topic of fossil fuels, the film contains a moving segment on how Evangelical Christians are bearing witness to the destruction of Appalachia due to mountaintop removal coal mining – an extreme method of fossil fuel extraction that poses similar risks to hydrofracking.
Ask your rabbi to speak about hydrofracking or offer to speak yourself. Ideas for sermons can be found on our Jewish Perspectives page.
Before they leave the room, be sure to let participants in your event know what they can do. There are different opinions about hydrofracking. Some people think government should ban hydrofracking completely, others believe that a moratorium on drilling should be implemented until hydrofracking is properly regulated, and others advocate stiff regulations to protect health and safety. Participants can advocate for any of these positions if you provide the following materials:
- Ask participants to take out their cell phones and enter the phone numbers for the Governor of your state and the White House. Call and leave a message now and pledge to call once a week.
Provide paper and stamped envelopes pre-addressed to your Congressperson, Senators, Governor, and President Obama. Bring along model letters and recent article on hydrofracking to help participants write their letters.
- Find out if participants have attended or have children who attend a Jewish summer camp. If so, they can write their camp director and board president to let them know they are concerned about hydrofracking and ask if the camp has been approached to lease land for drilling.
- Ask participants to volunteer to spread the word by offering to give a talk at a synagogue service, arrange a similar event for another community group, host a house party to show Gasland to friends and neigbors, etc.
- Circulate a sign-in sheet so that the day after your event you can send participants a thank you note with links to local organizations involved in the hydrofracking issue.
- There are new developments every day. Before your event be sure to check the websites of local organizations involved in the hydrofracking issue to find out what is happening in your area. You may want to share information about proposed laws and regulations, and opportunities to participate in petitions, hearings and rallies in your area.
Be counted among the Jewish communities that are mobilizing to educate and advocate against hydrofracking. These communities have already participated by showing Gasland, or holding another event about hydrofracking.
- Eden Village Camp (August 7, 2011)
- Temple B’rith Kodesh, Rochester New York (October 16, 2011)
- Temple Shalom, Aberdeen NJ (November 29, 2011)
- Kolot Chayenu, Brooklyn NY (December 4, 2011)
- Town & Village Synagogue, NY NY (December 1, 2011)
- Ansche Chesed, NY NY (January 14, 2011)
- Monmouth Reform Temple, Tinton Falls NJ (February 5, 2012)
- Germantown Jewish Centre, Philadelphia PA (February 15, 2012)
- Society for the Advancement of Judaism, NY NY (March 3, 2012)
- Or Hadash, Fort Washington PA (March 18, 2012)