MEDIA ADVISORY

May 10, 2016

Contacts: Razz Gormley, Frack Free Colorado, (484) 431-3377

     Micah Parkin, 350 Colorado, (504) 258-1247

Bill McKibben To Join Hundreds in Colorado to Say No to Fracking

Echoing Protests to Break Free from Fossil Fuels Around the World, Colorado Says No to Fracking our Communities and Public Lands

DENVER, CO – On May 14th, protestors and community members will converge in Thornton to call for an end to fracking developments that threaten local neighborhoods and schools, and accelerate dangerous climate change. They will be joined by renowned environmentalist, author, and journalist Bill McKibben, and Jonny 5 of the band Flobots. This protest is part of the global platform to Break Free from fossil fuels, a coordination of independently-organized actions in over two dozen countries across six continents to keep fossil fuels in the ground and promote clean renewable energy.

This protest is the second of two in Colorado that are part of the Break Free platform. On May 12, there is an action in Lakewood, CO protesting the Bureau of Land Management auction of public lands for fossil fuel extraction.

These mounting actions illustrate the urgency felt by mountain strong Coloradans about the extensive and sickening damage brought by fossil fuel extraction and climate change, and their readiness to participate in nonviolent civil disobedience to protect their homes and families.

What: Break Free Colorado: Frontline Fracking Defense

          Renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben to join hundreds in protest

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7:00am MST

Where: Thornton, CO. Park and ride a shuttle from the Wagon Road Park n’ Ride, 600 West 120th Ave. Westminster, CO 80003. Exact location to be posted morning of May 14: co.breakfree2016.org

Who: Residents and activists from Colorado, and surrounding states; Over 35 organizations including: 350 Colorado, 350.org, Be the Change U.S.A., Boulderites Ban Fracking, Center for Biological Diversity, Clean Energy Action, Climate Culture Collaborative, Coloradans Against Fracking, Coloradans Resisting Extreme Energy Development, Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate Colorado Community Rights Network, Colorado Ocean Coalition, Colorado People’s Alliance, Colorado Rising Tide, Community Climate Courage, Denver Catholic Network, Earth Guardians, Eco-Justice Ministries, Energy Action Coalition, First Seven Design Labs, Food and Water Watch, Fort Collins Sustainability Group, Frack Free Colorado, Greenbeerfest, Green Party of Colorado, Greenpeace, Indigenous Environmental Network, Indigenous Peoples Power Project, Lush Handmade Cosmetics, North Metro Neighbors for Safe Energy, Owe Aku International Justice Project, Pledge to Resist, Protect Our Loveland, The Ruckus Society, Rainforest Action Network, SolutionsVoyage.org, Wild Earth Guardians, WILD Foundation, Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking.

Why: Along with all of the surrounding Rocky Mountain West, Coloradans are actively fighting the fossil fuel industry on all fronts: in courts, at the ballot box, and in neighborhoods, demanding a stop to the onslaught of fracking wells, oil fields, mines, and the harm they bring to communities and the landscape. The urgency to act has been amplified by recent moves to undermine Coloradans’ ability to express their will democratically, including the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to deny local authorities the right to regulate fracking. Coloradans are working to protect themselves with two remaining tools: peaceful direct action and two Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking ballot initiatives that would 1) give local communities constitutional authority to pass local bans and moratoria on fracking and 2) create 2,500 foot setbacks for fracking from any home, school, park, or waterway.

Media availability: Organizers and spokespeople are available for interviews both before and after the actions

Visuals: Solutions Voyage Community Fair with Fossil Free booths, workshops, kids activities and group art; 300 Days of Sunshine BREAK FREE! aerial photo and march; large arts wind turbines and fracking rigs; a Pedal-Powered-Party bike PA system; community-painted murals, banners, signs, and more!

Images: Images of the protest will be available for media. The URL will be included in upcoming press releases.

Hashtags: #KeepItInTheGround, #BreakFreeCO, #MountainStrong

Background: The rapidly growing “Keep it in the Ground” movement is heeding the call of the world’s scientific community to demand that fossil fuels must stay in the ground to avert catastrophic climate change. This movement is working to end all new fossil fuel development including mining, fracking, drilling, pipelines, and related infrastructure that locks in further carbon pollution. This is a global movement working for a rapid, just transition to a 100% clean energy economy.

For more information, visit the action’s website at: co.breakfree2016.org

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