Pledge to Protect the Delaware River Basin
Happy New Year! The Pledge of Resistance is live!
The Pledge is a beautiful document, a tool for building the resistance against fracking, and an expression of personal and political commitment to protect this giant, vital, unique watershed and all its communities. Please read it and sign it now.
Here, beyond what is contained in the Pledge itself, are extra reasons to sign it, to protect the Delaware River watershed — all 17 million people in all four states, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware — from all aspects of fracking:
Sign the Pledge because…
Because the River is irreplaceable. It is a living community, not just a “resource” for frackers to use to blow up bedrock to extract a volatile, dangerous, explosive, climate-killing fossil fuel — methane — that we do not need.
Because the air pollution created by fracking, from truck traffic to compressor stations, is so bad it turned pristine Wyoming air into Los Angeles-level smog.
Because the toxic fracking waste is stored in open, plastic-lined pits — and they leak. Every day.
Because the jobs are dangerous, sometimes deadly; mere boom jobs, far fewer than the industry claims. And every dollar spent on fracking is a dollar not spent on jobs in energy conservation, renewables, and the transition to a sustainable society.
Because future generations deserve a chance at clean air, clean water, streams that are swimmable and fishable, and good health. We can’t let them frack our farms, forests, and foodsheds.
Because at least 40% of Marcellus Shale fracked gas will be exported as LNG to increase the profit rate, unless we stop it.
Because much of the fracked gas is feedstock for chemical-based fertilizer and much of it is used to manufacture plastics, including wasteful plastic bags, which choke our oceans and poison precious creatures including sea turtles and sea birds.
Because climate change is here: 2012 was the warmest year on record. Record droughts, fires and superstorm Sandy showed us what “extreme weather” means. The Arctic sea ice melt is significantly worse than scientists predicted. Glaciers have shrunk more in the past 10 years than they have in the past 100 years. Sea level rise is underway.
Fracking accelerates climate change, from the felling of trees and extreme truck traffic, diesel generators, venting, flaring, compressor station emissions, and methane migration to leaks from gas processing plants and pipelines.
Because nonviolent action has meant success in many historic struggles, from abolition of slavery to women’s suffrage; from decent conditions for workers to respect for lesbian, gay, transgendered and bisexual people. E-petitions are not enough!
Because the Pledge of Resistance helped build a strong movement against the U.S. military interventions in Central America, as well as a movement of compassion for those Central Americans fleeing the U.S.-backed dictators and death squads. The Pledge of Resistance already has a meaningful historic, spiritual and political legacy.
Won’t Our Government Protect Us?
We hate to say it, but the Obama Administration is as wrong in its embrace of fracking as any of the U.S. presidents were who were on the wrong side of all the human rights struggles mentioned above. We can’t count on him, his administration, the EPA, DEP, or any other agency to protect us. We are our own protectors.
We know the Obama Administration and all our governors can change their position on fracking, and we know they won’t change until we convince them to. So let’s convince them this year.
Sign and Share the Pledge
You can also join the Pledge Facebook page here and help make it go viral.
If 2012 was the Year of the Meme, let’s make 2013 the year we used social media — low-budget, high-impact social media — to boost commitment to protect our environment. Please share the Pledge after you sign it!
Environmental justice is a human rights issue.
Often this struggle is inconvenient, uncomfortable, and difficult. Sometimes it’s even tedious. But signing the Pledge is easy.
And then think hard and long about what you are willing to do to honor your pledge. Please get your affairs in order, in case you need to be away from home for a bit.
We’ll be inviting you to take many actions this year to protect the Delaware River Basin and all watersheds from high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, with all its life-cycle impacts. Please be ready!