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by Crystal Wiltshire
Categories: Causes, Environment, Film/TV
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When filmmaker Josh Fox was offered money for a gas company to set up a fracking operation in his back yard, it forced him to take a hard look at exactly what was going on. Knowing that the area is a watershed that feeds the water systems of surrounding major cities, he understood quickly that the area needed to be protected. From this need, his film “Gasland” was created.

“I think ‘Gasland’ is the doorway for a lot of people to see something happening in their backyard and realize the national and global implications,” says Fox.

The film has gained him enormous momentum in the fight against fossil fuels, earning nods from the Oscars, Emmys and Sundance Film Festival, among others. It has caught the attention of countless celebrities, such as Alec Baldwin and Mark Ruffalo, who have helped to promote the film and the anti-fracking movement behind it.

Fox has discussed that he will continue to explore these issues in the follow up documentary, “Gasland 2″, which will examine more of the politics behind the fossil fuel industry.

“We’re looking at the way in which the fossil fuel industry has attacked the fundamentals of our democracy and spends enormous amounts of money trying to undermine the citizens’ voice in Albany, Sacramento, Washington and all across the nation,” he says. “There are a lot of topics to be investigated. Every single dollar spent lobbying a legislator on behalf of oil and gas is a toxic dollar that undermines public health and safety laws that protect Americans. That’s contamination of the political system.”

You can read the full interview with Mother Nature Network here.

About Crystal Wiltshire

Crystal wears her passion for the environment proudly on her sleeve...as well as through the recycling symbol tattooed on her wrist. True story! With a frightening addiction to social media, Crystal posts on 17 networks...& counting. More importantly, as a mom & a woman, Crystal is highly focused on leading by example for her family. She uses her blog, Ideally speaking..., to share funny parenting stories, but also to motivate others into social involvement, healthy living & human equality, writing with an idealistic outlook on life. Connect with Crystal on Twitter.

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