Earth Action is the legislative and advocacy arm of Earth Ethics. Earth Action, is a 501 (c) (4) organization.
Earth Ethics, Inc. Executive Director traveled to Paris in 2015 to be part of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris. She was able to meet with people from other States and Nations in discussions on how we can all become actively engaged in addressed climate change locally and globally. This work is ongoing.
Earth Action is working with numerous regional, national, and global organizations on the issue of climate change, including sea level rise, storm water, food security and numerous other climate change related issues. We are working for legislative change as well as the implementation of programs to address these issues.
Earth Ethics, Inc. is a part of a Gulf wide collaborative comprised of POC who work on environmental and social justice issues throughout the Gulf of Mexico. We work through outreach and education, expression through art, literature, and music as well youth building activities.
We are working to move our communities into alternative energy sources. We have started work on a toolkit that would provide communities with the information they need to build community campaigns and transition to sustainable, renewable energy sources. In addition, we are working in letter writing campaigns, direct action, and meetings with legislators to ensure that additional leases are not opened sold within the Gulf of Mexico.
Sabal Trail Pipeline
The Sabal Trail is a natural gas pipeline that runs 515 miles through the states of Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. The environmental impacts associated with this project is immense. But there aren’t just environmental impacts associated with this project, there’s nonhuman species and public health impacts as well. As Floridians, we know the uniqueness and beauty of our natural resources, this is why so many of us have chosen to live here, right? Well this project has the potential to impact thousands of acres of wetlands, our surface waters, springs, rivers, and drinking water supply. The risks outweighs any benefit they might be selling. And who are they? Duke Energy and Florida Power and Light.
The Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (the Compendium) is a fully referenced compilation of the evidence outlining the risks and harms of fracking.
The Compendium is organized to be accessible to public officials, researchers, journalists, and the public at large. In addition, the Compendium is complemented by a fully searchable, near-exhaustive citation database of peer-reviewed journal articles pertaining to shale gas and oil extraction, the Repository for Oil and Gas Energy Research, that was developed by PSE Healthy Energy and which is housed on its website (https://www.psehealthyenergy.org/our-work/shale-gas-research-library/).
For this fifth edition of the Compendium, as prior ones, we collected and compiled findings from three sources: articles from peer-reviewed medical or scientific journals; investigative reports by journalists; and reports from, or commissioned by, government agencies. Peer-reviewed articles were identified through databases such as PubMed and Web of Science, and from within the PSE Healthy Energy database. Our entries briefly describe studies that document harm, or risk of harm, associated with fracking and summarize the principal findings.
The studies and investigations referenced in the dated entries catalogued in Compilation of Studies & Findings are current through December 2017.
In our review of the data, seventeen compelling themes emerged; these serve as the organizational structure of the Compendium. Readers will notice the ongoing upsurge in reported problems and health impacts, making each section top-heavy with recent data.
The Compendium focuses on topics most closely related to the public health and safety impacts of unconventional gas and oil drilling and fracking. We also include in this edition a section on risks from fracking infrastructure that focuses on compressor stations, pipelines, silica sand mining operations, natural gas storage facilities, and, for the first time, the manufacture and transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Given the rapidly expanding body of evidence related to the harms and risks of unconventional oil and gas extraction, we plan to continue revising and updating the Compendium approximately every year. It is a living document, housed on the websites of Concerned Health Professionals of New York and Physicians for Social Responsibility. Read more about the process and scope of our work in the “About this Report” and the “Foreword to the Fifth Edition” sections of the Compendium.
Download the full report here http://concernedhealthny.org/Compendium/
Keep fracking out of area – Pensacola News Journal – 12/08/2017
It’s extremely concerning that the county in Florida that releases the most toxins into the environment is Escambia. And more toxins may be coming if oil drilling in our area is allowed to turn into fracking. From beginning to end, fracking shoots dangerous chemicals underneath aquifers, emits noxious fumes and generates toxic wastewater that ultimately gets injected deep underground. Much like fracking, heavy industries in Escambia have been releasing toxins into the environment via deep injection wells and air emissions and put our residents at risk. The Priceonomics report just proves that fracking would add to an already appalling situation.
Many legislators have supported a bill to ban fracking because of concerns with water contamination, but the measure has stalled because Speaker of the! House Richard Corcoran has not supported it. In the past, Speaker Corcoran has taken on special interests and the issue of transparency, but has fallen short on fracking. I think this report shows just how badly our region needs a champion to take on the big companies in order to protect our health and environment. Why not start by preventing one of the most toxic industries from getting fracking into our state?
— Mary Gutierrez, Pensacola
In partnership with the League of Women Voters of Florida and Solar United Neighbors, we are working to change the Sunshine State into the Solar State by outreach and education and the development of solar co-ops for the installation of solar panels. We are currently building our committees in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties (Pensacola Bay Area Solar Energy Committee) and Okaloosa and Walton Counties (Choctawhatchee Bay Solar Energy Committee). Sign-up here to be informed when a solar co-op opens near you! Contact us for more information!
If you’re interested in being on the Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties Pensacola Bay Area Solar Energy Steering Committee or part of Okaloosa and Walton Counties Choctawhatchee Bay Area Solar Energy Steering Committee, please contact Mary Gutierrez at 850.549.7472 (text) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The groups will do outreach and education on the economic and environmental benefits of going solar as well as speaking local government officials.
We have a lot to do before our launch in 2018! Join us turning the Sunshine State into the SOLAR state!
Gulf South Rising
Gulf South Rising was a regional movement of coordinated actions and events to highlight the impact of the global climate crisis on the Gulf South region. Through collaborative events and actions around strategic dates in 2015, Gulf South Rising demanded a just transition away from extractive industries, discriminatory policies, and unjust practices that hinder equitable recovery from disaster and impede the development of sustainable communities. Earth Action was honored to be part of this group. A full report can be found here gulf-south-rising-report-final.