by Ali Berman
Categories: Causes, Environment
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Longtime anti-fracking activist Mark Ruffalo is lending his voice to a related issue. Stopping the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada all the way down to the refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.

Ruffalo is asking the public to join him during the last two weeks of August in Washington D.C. to show President Obama that he has the support he needs to stand up to these huge corporations.

The actor says in the video, “I’ve seen the kind of damage that out-of-control energy development can do to water and to communities near my own home, where fracking for natural gas is causing widespread pollution…All these problems are connected. We need to get off fossil fuels.”

In the video Ruffalo shows the kinds of pristine habitats this pipeline would run through, as well as communities. And as he points out, spills along the way are inevitable.

Watch the video here to learn more about how you can help out.

Via Huffington Post

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • Erin Elizabeth

    Wouldn’t this make him a “Fracktivist”? :)

    • herwin

      That made me chuckle. :-)
      A search on Google gives 2020 results for the word “hacktivist” and there are even fracktivists tees for sale !

      • Erin Elizabeth

        Hi Herwin ;) Glad I could make ya’ laugh. Well, as I read anti fracking activist (such a long name!) I figured Fracktivist was easier to say ;))

        Going to Veggie fest tomorrow here in Chicago. Too bad I don’t have a Fracktivist t shirt to wear! :-/ Though darn it, I haven’t done any real anti fracking activism. I guess I better start! Hope you’re well!

        :) Erin

      • herwin

        you figured good because that is the “official” word for such an activist.;-)
        He can be glad he lives in the usa, other anti fossil fuel activists (fossilfueltivists ?) in other countries who are too succesful often face violence.
        Just a few weeks ago here in Thailand (thats where i live) an anti coal activist was gunned down and killed. Very unusually though, because of generated media attention, some suspects were arrested and the local coal producer.