DVD" Groundswell Rising" Protecting Our Cildren's Air & Water
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GROUNDSWELL RISING shows how fracking has contaminated drinking water and jeopardized health and quality of life. Homeowners near wells suffer from respiratory ailments and property devaluation. Reina Ripple, of Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, chronicles mounting ailments related to fracking. A former industry employee shows skin lesions and edema obtained while working with fracking waste.
Grassroots efforts have achieved bans, moratoriums, and referendums on fracking. Stanford University Professor Mark Jacobson paves the way forward globally with his Solutions Project for 100% renewable energy. Transcending the genre of environmental film, GROUNDSWELL's passionate stories inspire and empower.
Grade Level: 7 - 12, College, Adults
US Release Date: 2014 Copyright Date: 2014
R E V I E W S
"Groundswell Rising provides an invaluable, up-close view of the horrible impacts of hydro-fracking on drinking water and everyday life and of the opposition to fracking that has erupted in affected areas. The movie is especially effective in demonstrating the intrusive, life-shattering impact of fracking on family life and how the victims of fracking have banded together to fight this assault."
– Michael Klare, Professor and Director, Program in Peace and World Security Studies, Hampshire College, Author, The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources
"Viewers of Groundswell Rising feel the anguish of communities experiencing health problems caused by contaminated water, air, and noise pollution from fracking. Luckily, the film does not end there. We see these communities band together to fight against powerful energy companies, as the film highlights the importance of activism on a local level. Ending with a rousing montage of protests against fracking and a list of milestones in the anti-fracking movement, you'll leave the film feeling angry but inspired to take action. The film would work well in courses focusing on the environment, social movements, politics, and public health."
– Dr. Elizabeth Cherry, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Manhattanville College
"This film takes viewers to the place where emotional trauma and health impacts experienced by fracking-zone residents and hard facts presented by leading experts meet. It deconstructs the oil and gas industry's rhetoric and shows us what shale energy development really looks like...The film will generate lively discussion in environmental studies and current affairs courses at the college and high school levels."
– Dr. Anna Willow, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, The Ohio State University
"Groundswell Rising captures what is happening in the communities where fracking has occurred and how it has spurred a call to action. This film puts into perspective the importance of seeking alternative sources of energy for a healthy environment for the future, and engenders us to think about the long term impacts that fracking has on our natural landscapes."
Sara Rinfret, Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Montana, Co-author, US Environmental Policy: A Practical Approach to Understanding Implementation
"Groundswell Rising lets us hear the stories of individuals throughout the United States who have experienced the unwanted effects of natural gas production. They are surprised by the industrial invasion around them, and they are even more surprised to become environmentalists."
– John Copeland Nagle, Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame, Author, Law's Environment: How the Law Shapes the Places We Live
"Besides the incredible information on fracking's detriment to our health it is also a great look into what it is like to live in a town with fracking in the backyard. This film should be watched by everyone on the side of industry and those considering leasing their land to the gas companies. Plain and simply, it's the human side of this debate."
– Mark Ruffalo, Actor, Activist
"Will get your blood going and your mind racing about how we can pull together to defend our communities from gas drilling and its crushing infrastructure."
– Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director, Delaware Riverkeeper Network
"Provides such a good balance of the stories of impacts and the victories of average people who took on the industry and government and won that it leaves you feeling hopeful and rarin' to go. Can't wait to start showing it."
– Karen Feridun, Berks Gas Truth
"This is a powerful film. Industry propaganda continually dismisses these people. They are invisible and this film helps us see them."
– New York Assemblywoman, Barbara Lifton
"Your film blew me away. It was spot on, and I loved it while sobbing through half of it. Your -film is so professionally done, so hard hitting, so scientifically well researched. It is a primer for people to organize around, who find that their towns are being stolen and their children's health compromised. You guys did an amazing job of depicting this civil war within our country."
– Liberty Godshall
"Groundswell Rising picks up the story of resistance to fracking in Pennsylvania and New York where Josh Fox's Gasland left off, a telling look at people's building rage."
– James William Gibson, Professor of Sociology, California State University - Long Beach, Author, A Reenchanted World: The Quest for a New Kinship With Nature