Members of the Green Party of Philadelphia, www.gpop.org, decided at their monthly meeting on March 24, to hold a demonstration at the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Thursday, April 21 in recognition of Earth Day.
Greens hold that DEP has not been able to stop gas drillers (frackers) from polluting Pennsylvania’s streams and rivers. In addition, DEP has allowed gas drillers to spread radioactive drilling waste on dirt roads in rural areas of the Commonwealth.
Carol McLean, Green Party Membership Secretary, said, “”It’s simply not enough to settle for a moratorium on drilling for gas. It is imperative to ban fracking altogether. It poses serious health hazards not only to us, but also to future generations. We must demand that DEP end all activities and policies which are harmful to our communities and the natural communities upon which our lives depend.”
Hugh Giordano, a leader of the Green Party from Roxborough, said, “The two corporate parties have no intention to ban fracking in our Commonwealth. Only the Green Party will transfer our economy to renewable energy like solar, wind and thermal.”
The demonstration will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, outside DEP’s Southeast Regional Office, Two Main Street in Norristown, PA. Demonstrators will demand: “Ban Fracking,” “Protect our Water,” “Protect our Environment,” “No Nukes” and “Clean Energy (wind & solar) NOW.”
Green Party members also passed a resolution calling for an end to production of nuclear power, an issue that has been making headlines after the catastrophes in Japan.
The resolution stated: “We, as members of the Green Party of Philadelphia, express our great concern for the people — and the broader environment — that have been affected by the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, and, in accordance with the Green Party Ten Key Values, including ecological wisdom, we call on governments across the world to cease all production of nuclear power, before there are still greater nuclear catastrophes.”
Members present at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse in northwest Philadelphia, also discussed petitioning to get Green Party candidate Cheri Honkala, www.cherihonkala.com, on the ballot for Sheriff of Philadelphia.
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