Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fracking PSA by Bloggers Inspiring Change

For the past few weeks, I have been following a couple of my blogging friends - Lee Allport of MySentimentExactLee and EntertainmentExactLee, and Marianna Nichols of Mariana - on their newest project. They have started a grassroots environmental cause blog called Bloggers Inspiring Change.

Bloggers Inspiring Change is just what the name describes - bloggers who are trying to spread the word on various environmental and health hazards. The website currently trying to spread the word about the dangers of fracking.

What is fracking you ask?

Hydrolic fracturing (fracking) is a method of natural gas extraction that requires drilling into shale deposits. Millions of gallons of water mixed with harmful chemicals are then blasted underground to break up the deposits, resulting in pockets of natural gas.

After reading the description, you may be wondering what would make this process harmful. The chemicals that are used in this process are being introduced to our groundwater. The drilling penetrates the Aquifer, which is where our groundwater comes from. At least 650 of the chemicals used are known carcinogens. Not only that, but because the shale is radioactive the waste water produced by fracking is radioactive.

There are other environmental issues linked to fracking. Head over to Bloggers Inspiring Change for the full story. There is a lot of great information there to educate yourself on the issue.

I would like to share with you a PSA that my good friends Lee and Marianna put together along side some pretty well known names. In this PSA you will find Raphael Sbarge from Once Upon A Time and the very well know Ed Begley Jr. Below the video you will find a press release from the group.

Please take the time to educate yourself on this issue. Before my friends started this venture, I had no idea what fracking was, or how it would impact our lives and environment. I am a huge proponent on leaving my children with an environment that will be a healthy and safe place for them to live their lives. Fracking is not the answer.

Bloggers and Celebrities Unite to Educate Public On the Effects of Fracking

Participants Include Ed Begley Jr, Raphael Sbarge, Lee Allport, Marianna Nichols, Nichol Haskins, Jackie Pletsch, and The Mom Bloggers of ErieRising.com

(Los Angeles, CA August 21, 2012)- Bringing together the voices of actors and celebrities such as Ed Begley Jr. and Raphael Sbarge with bloggers and online influencers, BloggersInspiringChange.org and ErieRising.com have created a PSA to help educate the public on exactly what fracking is and how it can harm their communities.

“Fracking is a method of natural gas extraction that has the potential to poison our families. However, few people even know it’s happening, and that means there is something wrong with this situation,” said Lee Allport, Creator of BloggersInspiringChange.org.

"I'm so happy to be a part of the initiative," said Raphael Sbarge, an actor and founder of the environmental awareness organization Green Wish. "Fracking is of great concern to those of us in the environmental movement, so it's so wonderful to take part in a grassroots effort led by many of those most directly affected by the practice. These are the voices that need to be heard."

Beyond this PSA, BloggersInspiringChange.org and the various participants ask that viewers at home get involved in fighting fracking in their communities by writing to your elected officials or supporting organizations such ashttp://www.ecowatch.org.

The PSA can be viewed online here http://youtu.be/qX8OBdiWyz8. For additional information on Bloggers Inspiring Change, please visit http://www.bloggersinspiringchange.org and to learn about how fracking has affected people by visitinghttp://www.erierising.com

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