We are grandmothers and grandfathers, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, grandsons and granddaughters, all children of mothers;
We are, as is our President, as are our legislators, our lawyers and judges, our oil and gas industry financiers, shareholders, CEO’s, scientists and workers, all children of earth;
We are biologies of water and oxygen;
We are dependent for our lives first, on clean air, clean water and a stable climate;
Without these essential staff of life we compromise our ability to sustain and reproduce thriving children, thriving communities and a thriving nation generation upon generation;
We can source our energy in renewables; the science and technology of renewable energy has been ours to choose these 100 years; we have no time left to lose, our lives and quality of life depend upon making this right choice now;
High volume, high pressure, slick-water hydraulic fracturing of shale rock and coal bed methane is first and foremost unnecessary; it is a national security threat to us all; it is a ‘bridge fuel’ to accelerated climate change not an enlightened, firm step away from it; it is an irrevocable, unmitigated, long term threat to our essential, diminishing, fresh surface and groundwater resources; there is no safe disposal of its radio-active and chemically poisoned waste products;
High volume, high pressure, slick-water hydraulic fracturing of shale rock and coal bed methane is a source of multiple, unmanageable, immediate, mid term, long term, and irrevocable harms to earths hydrological cycle, climate, seismic activity, fresh water, air, soil and food, therefore a violation of human life, health and well being, and to human communities and their reproduction;
We cannot stand by in silent witness of a clear violation of our inalienable human and civil rights, intended or not;
We therefore resolve in the interest of our national security, in the name of our mothers
On this Mothers Day 2012, to give to our mothers the greatest gift of all, the present and long term safety and well being of our children, our families and communities;
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.
Call for a Nationwide Ban on Fracking, Mothers Day 2012. No Higher Honor.
Present Key Signatories
Ramsay Adams Executive Director, Catskill Mountainkeeper.
Michele Aini Co-founder MADION, Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhoods-Ohio, presently being sued by the drilling industry.
Tish O’Dell Co-founder MADION, co-defendant in a law-suit by a drilling company.
Medea Benjamin Co-founder Global Exchange & Code Pink.
Shannon Biggs Global Exchange Community Rights Program Director.
Helen Caldicott Pediatrician, founder Helen Caldicott Foundation/ NuclearFreePlanet.org author, broadcaster.
David Cobb Co-founder of Move To Amend and principal with the Program on Corporations Law & Democracy (POCLAD).
Eve Ensler Global leader against violence against women; founder V-day, author Vagina monologues.
Angela Monti Fox Founder of The Mothers Project, Inc.
The Rev. Canon Jeff Golliher Ph.d Program Director for the Environment and Sustainable Communities, The Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations, and Vicar, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ellenville, New York.
Darlene M. Harris Council President Pittsburgh City Council.
Osprey Orielle Lake Founder/President Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus www.iwecc.org.
Anna Lappé Author of Diet for a Hot Planet and Grub, co-founder of Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund, Mom.
Frances Moore Lappé Author of Diet for a Small Planet and EcoMind, co-founder of Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund, Mom.
Mali Lightfoot Executive Director Helen Caldicott Foundation/ NuclearFreePlanet.org.
Thomas Linzey Attorney, founder Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.
Stephen Lang Distinguished award winning actor of stage and screen; the villanous mining Colonel Miles Quaritch of Avatar.
Natalie Merchant International recording artist, singer, songwriter and performer, dedicated to supporting a variety of non-profit organizations.
Kavita Ramdass Executive Director Ripples to Waves: Program on Social Entrepreneurship Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University; former director Global Fund For Women.
Michael Ratner activist Attorney , radio-host Law & Disorder.
Jan Schlichtmann Environmental Attorney, played by John Travolta in film “Civil Action” for his 1986 case defending Woburn MA families against corporate pollution of the city’s drinking water supply; web broadcaster Speaking Of Justice.
Douglas A. Shields Former Pittsburgh City Council Member & President (2004-2012) – Introduced and had enacted the first ban of Shale Gas extraction in the world – in Pittsburgh, PA, November 2010. Presently he advocates for energy sanity and safe communities in NY, PA, OH. MD.
Julia Walsh Co-founder FrackAction.
Susan Zimet Supervisor New Paltz, NY, Key organizer for women’s suffrage anniversary initiative.