By Justine Moonens and Andrea Vasquez
Yesterday we went to a very interesting event called “Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground: the International Movement to Ban Fracking.” This was a very educational session to understand what fracking is, how it is done, and what is its impacts on health, food systems, water supply, and ecosystems are. The panellists were Bill McKibben (350.org); Joaquin Turco (Argentine Workers’ Central Union -Autonomous); Sandra Steingraber (EcoWatch, Author of Living Downstream); Wenonah Hauter (Food and Water Watch and the moderator Kassie Siegel (Center for Biological Diversity). They shared striking facts, stories, and ways to go forward with the audience.
Here is some information about fracking before you watch the video. This term indicates the extraction of fossil fuels that are contained in the bed rock. The mechanism used is called hydraulic fracturing, basically it is breaking rock with high water pressure. Millions liters of water are used just to frack one well. Fracking water contains toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, ethylene glycol, mercury and many others (we mention some because we know that most of you remember your chemistry classes!).
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