By Matt Smith
Thank you for playing an important role in Moving Bergen! On Saturday we put our demands for climate action into motion, first by biking and then by sharing information on how we can begin moving towards a safe climate future. To put the day in context, we were one of over 2,000 Moving Planet events from 175 countries who came together to let our leaders know that a global climate movement is rising.
In addition to thanking you all for contributing to Moving Bergen, we wanted to share an important date with you.
Ban Fracking Rally October 21st—In a few short weeks, the 4 Governors of NJ, NY, PA and DE along with President Obama will decide whether or not to allow natural gas companies to begin Fracking for Gas from 20,000 well sites along the banks of the Deleware River. This is a BIG deal. 13 million of us, including 5 million New Yorkers, 3 million Philadelphians, and 2 Million New Jerseyans rely on the Delaware Water Shed for our pristine drinking water - and by shooting millions of gallons of water mixed with toxic chemicals into the land around the Deleware Basin, the oil and gas industry will be risking a massive environmental crisis our densely populated region is ill-equipped to handle.
Thankfully, there is a final public hearing in Trenton NJ before this vote takes place, and thousands of people will be in attendance to tell our leaders that it unacceptable to risk our precious natural resource in the pursuit of more profits for oil and gas companies (haven't Exxon and Halliburton earned enough already?!?!). We can and will influence this decision if we show strong enough opposition at this hearing. Please let us know if you are interested in attending as we're partnering with Food and Water Watch NJ to organize several buses from Bergen County down to the hearing on the 21st.
Please share this important date with your family, friends, and neighbors, and we
look forward to continuing our local fight for a safe and just planet.
Matt Smith on behalf of 350.org Wyckoff