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Green Coalition to Co-host Gasland Screening Saturday
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida A&M University’s Green Coalition is joining 11 other North Florida environmental organizations in hosting a screening of the documentary “Gasland” on Saturday, July 27 at 1 p.m. The free and public event will be held at All Saints Cinema in the old Amtrak Station, 918 Railroad Ave.

“Gasland,” an Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated film by Josh Fox, brings attention to the dangers of hydraulic fracturing – also known as fracking. Following the movie, three local experts will lead a discussion of the implications of fracking for Florida.

Major concerns about fracking include the use of toxic chemicals during fracking to break up rock containing natural gas and the potential release of methane into the air and water supply. Methane is a harmful greenhouse gas.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “pound for pound, the comparative impact of CH4 (methane) on climate change is over 20 times greater than C02 over a 100-year period.” (http://epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/gases/ch4.html).

“We hope FAMU students, faculty and staff will come out to watch this film,” said Anthony Ward, vice president of the Green Coalition. “It will be a great preparation activity for students interested in attending this fall’s Power Shift conference in Pittsburgh.”

Other sponsors of the “Gasland” event are Physicians for Social Responsibility, 350 North Florida, FSU Environmental Service Program, Tallahassee Sustainability Group, Big Bend Sierra Club, Florida League of Conservation Voters, ReThink Energy Florida, Tallahassee Citizens Climate Lobby, Transition Tallahassee, Food & Water Watch Florida, and the UUCT Green Sanctuary.

Students interested in learning more about joining the FAMU delegation attending the 2013 Power Shift conference should write to famugreencoalition@gmail.com. More information about Power Shift is available at http://www.wearepowershift.org/.

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