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The fossil fuels industry, water justice, and climate change...

The fossil fuels industry, water justice, and climate change: The case of natural gas development in NC will be presented by Katie Hicks and Jenny Marienau at the Sunday, September 16th meeting of the Ethical Society of Asheville, 2:00-3:30 PM, held at the Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road in North Asheville (off Merrimon Avenue near UNCA). This presentation will explore the recent political and social debate around whether North Carolina should allow the natural gas extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” You will learn about NC’s shale geology, fracking’s impact in other states, and the current legislation in NC, along with a history of the collaborative network of grassroots social, environmental and rural advocacy organizations that have mobilized to keep fracking from impacting NC’s environment and human health. The presenters will also explore contributions of natural gas to global climate change in comparison with other fossil fuels, and the environmental and social justice implications of developing this resource. Katie Hicks is Assistant Director of Clean Water for North Carolina, a statewide organization working with communities for clean water and environmental justice and Jenny Marienau is NC Field Organizer with 350.org, a nonprofit building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. There will be a discussion period following the presentation. Following the meeting, there will be time for informal conversation. All are welcome!

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    A former member

    I appreciated how well the two presenters responded to someone clearly advocating the gas industry's position.

    September 22, 2012

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