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Across the US, hydraulic fracturing has been the source of a raging debate over domestic energy policy. While some tout “fracking” as a way to generate local power and provide jobs and money in a time of economic hardship, the act of  shattering shale to extract gas and petroleum have many worried. From exploding wells and flammable tap water to toxic chemicals contaminating aquifers and earthquakes, fracking has major consequences for the environment. California stands as the 4th largest gas and oil producing state, and even though new existing wells are already being exploited by fracking technology, the process is almost completely unregulated.

In response to the exploitation of land and natural resources, the Global Exchange has organized California Communities Rising Against Fracking, a speaking tour of the Golden State that exposes the realities of the extraction technology. The tour will largely target those areas that would most strongly impacted and stops include Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Culver City, and Los Angeles. Each stop will host a day of action preceded by a local media plan and outreach groups. Former Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania councilman Dough Shields will be scheduled to speak as one of the first to enact a “rights-based” ban on fracking in the nation.

The Global Exchange launched the Community Rights Program challenging corporate power five years ago to confront the unjust laws that value big business over the rights of citizens. The have partnered with organizations such as 350.org, Center for Biological Diversity, Food & Water Watch, Clean Water Action, EarthWorks, and Transition Towns to fight for the health and well-being of Americans through grassroots efforts. Currently, they are working towards banning fracking in San Luis Obispo county, following the examples of Pennsylvania, New York, and New Mexico who have outlawed the process.

For more information on the tour, contact Shannon Biggs, Community Rights Program Director for the Global Exchange at (415) 575-5540 and shannon@globalexhange.org.

Sing a shanty, wax down your surfboard, and take a poke around your local tide pools.  June 8th is World Oceans Day!  This year’s theme, “Youth: the Next Wave for Change”, focuses on the next generation’s role in the stewardship of our seas.  Officially recognized as an international holiday by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008, the day symbolizes a worldwide commitment to raising awareness for global food security, health, and economy.  The proposal for World Oceans Day followed the landmark 1992 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that set forth a number of important resolutions pertaining to biodiversity, pollution, climate change, and development.

The Central Coast is host to a number of events celebrating the briny deep!

-Monterey Bay Aquarium- Join one of the world’s foremost aquariums in celebration from June 9-10.  Free with admission, activities throughout the weekend include live music performances, kid’s programs, family crafts, sustainable cooking demonstrations, and information booths run by a number of conservation organizations from 9:30am-6pm.  Explore their amazing exhibits, talk to their knowledgeable staff, and learn about the inhabitants of one of the most fascinating ecosystems on earth!

-Channel Islands Live- See what goes on under the waves with a live virtual dive into the kelp forests off the Channel Islands!  Brought to you by the National Park Service, the interactive programs will broadcast from June 9-10.  On Wed-Fri, shows occur at 12:30pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm, and Saturday at 10am, 12:30pm, and 2pm.  Watch the adventure online or at the Channel Islands National Park visitor center in Ventura.

-Save Our Shores- On June 7, take a trip to Monterey Bay for Save Our Shore’s  kickoff party for the Summer of Clean Beaches.  Held at Light & Motion (300 Cannery Row), you will enjoy drinks and appetizers while learning how to get involved in caring for our coastline.

Ty Warner Sea Center- Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara and the Ty Warner Sea Center will celebrateWorld Oceans Day celebration June 9th.  Meet the experts that research and protect our oceans, observe life animal feedings, and make a “wish for a fish” with their Dr. Seuss-themed activities.  Festival programs are free with general admission and take place from 11am-3pm.

Hokuloa- Cheer on your local San Luis outrigger canoe team on June 9 at 8am-3pm at Harbor Cove Beach in Ventura.  See races that range from 5-15 miles in length along with hundreds of Southern California paddlers and spectators.  Displays, vendors, food stands, Hawaiian dancers and members of the Hokuloa club will all be present to celebrate World Oceans Day polynesian style!

Party for our planet and learn how you can make a difference in the health of our oceans.  Happy World Oceans Day!

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