Hosted by Water Ways and Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Illick's Mill, 100 Illicks Mill Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18017, United States
Want to learn how the oil and gas industry impacts communities, the environment, and politics, and how you can be part of the solution
fighting to protect our land, water and public health?
Join the Water Defenders monthly meeting for a unique workshop with Water Ways, a design collective, working through a series of illustrations telling the story of water and the natural gas industry in PA, NJ and the surrounding area. They will hold a special role-playing game that will unravel the multi-faceted story of how the fracking industry impacts communities, ecosystems, and politics, while the resilient resistance fights for our future.
All are welcome! Come out for socializing, pizza, and #cleanwater advocacy! Feel free to bring a side dish or dessert. May we suggest cookies?
Water Ways Fracking Game
Each participant will be given a character to embody throughout the game. You will be a resident of River Town, where there is a pipeline proposed to be built under the town. You'll participate in a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the situation! FERC (The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) will be there, as will River Town's very own mayor. Experts will inform residents as to the infrastructure, risks and uses of natural gas, followed by an open forum. Whether you're a biologist, a construction worker, a single parent or a college student, everyone has something at stake in this decision. Come voice your opinion and try to sway your neighbors!
In their interactive presentations, Water Ways discusses fracking, the Marcellus Shale, politics in Pennsylvania that support the industry, resistance to this industry, cultural context and oppressive systems, and visions for the future.
The Delaware River Watershed, spanning four states -- Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware -- continues to face new and ongoing challenges every day including erosion, flooding impacts, industrial development, and fracking pressures. By working collectively, residents of the watershed can have a real impact, and improve the water quality and habitat for present and future generations.
Here in the Lehigh Valley, the Sierra Club is building a grassroots network of Water Defenders to advocate for protecting the Lehigh River and its tributaries. Be a part of the movement! Come build advocacy, outreach and leadership skills, explore your local waterways, and connect with other water defenders in your community.