A diverse mix of celebrities, scientists and non-profit leaders joined forces yesterday to host a rally and concert on Capital Hill in Denver to protest fracking, a technique used to release oil and gas from deep below the Earth’s surface. The Frack Free Colorado rally featured speeches and performances by Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers, actors Daryl Hannah and Mariel Hemingway, the band Elephant Revival and many others.
“In these times of crisis, we must stand up for each other and our life support systems by doing all we can to speak up for true energy independence and energy security with regionally-based, clean renewables,” said actor and activist Darly Hannah.
Sandra Steingraber, an acclaimed ecologist, cancer survivor and author of Living Downstream, spoke of the negative health effects of fracking. “I see the courthouse is lit up in pink. I assume that’s for Breast Cancer Awareness. If we want to prevent cancer, we must stop fracking.”
Steingraber also spoke about the importance of coalition building and discussed her work with New Yorkers Against Fracking, a coalition of more than 180 local, regional and national groups. She said that advocates have managed to keep the New York’s fracking moratorium in place, despite heavy pressure from the oil and gas industry.
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Frack Free Colorado is sponsored by Patagonia, Prana, Black Diamond, New Belgium Brewing Company, Backpacker’s Pantry, Vibrant Planet, Conscious Global Leadership, The Invisible Spark, Sierra Club, 1% for the Planet, Lighthouse Solar and Backbone Media. The event’s co-organizers include Water Defense, Artists Against Fracking, Food & Water Watch, Clean Water Action, CREDO, etown, Rock the Earth, East Boulder County United, Wilderness Workshop, Erie Rising, The Mothers Project, Adams County Unite Now, Earth Guardians, Boulder County Citizens for Community Rights, Out Health Our Future Our Longmont, Mass Current and What the Frack?! Arapahoe.