From the fracking fields in Kern County to urban oil drilling in Los Angeles, too many communities are suffering from the effects of the oil industry on their health.
The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), an independent body of high level scientists, released an independent study last July highlighting some of the public health dangers of fossil fuel production. They even recommended creating human health buffer zones for people living near oil and gas operations to keep them from getting sick, but so far the Governor and the rest of our elected officials have failed to take action.
That’s why this exciting forum, “Drilling Down into Health Impacts: the Effects of Oil and Gas on California’s Communities” is bringing together individuals from impacted California communities, along with legislators, health professionals and scientists.
We’ll hear personal stories about the challenges that come with living next to toxic drill sites and fracking wells, and learn the science behind those experiences. We’ll come away with a clear idea of what is really happening in those fields. It’s worse than we thought.
We need to engage and build power with communities and elected officials to combat the oil industry’s stranglehold on our health and democracy. Educating ourselves at this Sacramento forum is an important step in that direction. Together we can end these destructive practices.
DONATE: If you can’t come to Sacramento, you can still participate. The oil industry spent $22 million lobbying our California elected officials last year. That’s why your help is crucial. Please help us pay for the Health Forum, as well as take video and provide a livestream that evening. We need to give science a voice louder than the money of the oil and gas industry! Donate here.
Our speakers will be:
• Martha Dina Argüello – Exectuive Director of PSR Los Angeles
• Sandy Navarro – Project Coordinator for Esperanza Community Housing
• Rodrigo Romo – Kern County Resident and Activist
• Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, FAAN – Founding Member of Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Professor of Public Health, University of San Francisco
• Seth Shonkoff, PhD, MPH – Executive Director of PSE Healthy Energy
Light refreshments will be served.
Photo: Sequoia Elementary School in Shafter, CA. (Credit: Brooke Anderson Photography)
Sponsored by Rootskeeper, Breast Cancer Action, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Environmental Health, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environment, Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles. Co-sponsors are: Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment, Movement Generation, SEIU USWW, Idle No More, United Native Americans, Sustainable Economies Law Center, Movement Rights, 350 Bay Area, System Change Not Climate Change – Sacramento Chapter, and Sunflower Alliance.
Monday, April 18th, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1300 N Street, Sacramento 95814