Shale gas and fracking pose a direct and immediate threat to our drinking water, air, health, local communities and our climate. While the oil and gas industry try to convince the public and policy makers that the risks can be managed, we - the Greens/EFA group, the European Green Party, Friends of the Earth Europe, Food and Water Europe and HEAL - have decided to support the citizens in putting an end to this pro-fracking propaganda and make their voice heard even louder. It is now time to reveal the real truth about shale gas and fracking! We must stop investing in shale gas that would lock ourselves in another dirty fossil fuel cycle, and urgently promote and heavily invest in renewables and energy efficiency.
On Tuesday 18th September, a few days before the international day to stop fracking - the Greens and the three environmental groups launched their own information campaign, calling for a global frackdown, in Europe and beyond.
We organised an action against shale gas and explaining why this energy source is clearly neither a short-term nor a long-term solution.
Shale gas, a form of unconventional gas found in shale reservoirs, is now presented as being the new solution to our world's growing energy needs. However, despite the fact that more and more big businesses are pushing for the development of shale gas accross the world, its production poses serious threats to the climate, the environment and to local communities.
The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament joined by key European NGOs FOEE, F&W Europe and H & E want to shed light on all the irreversible impacts that could result from the development of this new energy source and call for a immediate ban on fracking and shale gas in Europe... and beyond.
This video is also available in English, French, Swedish and Polish on youtube, and all four above.
For more information and to download the leaflet in English, German, French, Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Romanian and Swedish visit the Stop Climate Change campaign page.
- Stop Climate Change campaign page
Photos from today's action
Green MEPs and anti-fracking activitists pose with fracking flavoured water outside the European Parliament