Ten Thousand Californians to Gather in Oakland on February 7 for the March for Real Climate Leadership
The Message to Governor Jerry Brown:
Stop Fracking, Stand Up to Big Oil and Move Beyond Fossil Fuels to 100% Renewable Energy
Oakland, CA – Thousands of Californians concerned about the future of their communities will gather in Governor Jerry Brown’s town, Oakland, on February 7th for the March for Real Climate Leadership, where people from all walks of life will unite to call on the Governor to stop fracking and other extreme energy extraction in the state, stand up to big oil and move California beyond fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy. Organizers expect the event to be the largest march against fracking in U.S. history.
When Governor Jerry Brown began his historic fourth term on January 5th, he vowed to position California as an international leader in the fight against climate change, in part by moving the state to 50% renewable energy by 2030. But the Governor’s support for the oil industry, including dangerous and wasteful extraction techniques like hydraulic fracturing, undermines this goal.
Meanwhile, the nationwide movement against fracking and extreme energy extraction gained tremendous momentum in December, when, persuaded by years of organized public pressure and crystal-clear evidence that fracking is a serious public health risk, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a statewide ban on fracking. As pressure mounts on Gov. Brown to follow suit, protesters from across California will direct even more attention his way with the March for Real Climate Leadership.
The March for Real Climate Leadership is hosted by a broad group of more than one hundred partner organizations and will bring thousands of people from across the state into the streets of Oakland on February 7 to call on Governor Brown to stop fracking, stand up to Big Oil, and move beyond fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy. More information is available at marchforclimateleadership.org.
PLANNING YOUR EVENT-DAY COVERAGE
March for Real Climate Leadership
Media RSVP and Check-in:
An event press pass is required for all reporters covering the March for Real Climate Leadership. RSVP to Sandra Lupien,firstname.lastname@example.org, or 510-681-3171 to reserve your press pass and receive check-in instructions. There will be check-in points at the pre-march press conference, as well as at the post-march rally.
People from communities across California
Produced in partnership by more than 100 organizations representing a broad range of issues
Saturday, February 7, 2014
- 11:15 a.m. Press Conference at Frank Ogawa Plaza amphitheater stage, 14th St & Broadway. Media check-in point. Press risers available.
- 12:00 p.m. Kick-off Rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza amphitheater stage, 14th St & Broadway
- 12:30 p.m. March departs Frank Ogawa Plaza and heads north on Broadway, east on Grand, then south along Lake Merritt to the Amphitheater
- 2:15 p.m. Post-march rally at Lake Merritt Amphitheater. Media check-in point. Press risers available.
- 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Interviews available with a range of people affected by fracking, health experts, faith leaders, community organizers, environmental/climate justice activists; organized labor leaders, and others in media tent at Lake Merritt Amphitheater
- 7:00 p.m. After-party at La Pena Cultural Center at 3105 Shattuck Ave in Berkeley featuring reggae vocalist Bobby Tenna and the Skench Band
Audio/Visual: Thousands of people marching the streets of Oakland carrying blue and gold signs and banners; flotilla on Lake Merritt with a 25-foot banner rising from the lake; marching bands; a bicycle contingent/bike-powered sound system; speakers at pre-march press conference and post-march rally; marchers wearing costumes representing animals threated by extinction due to climate change.
PLANNING YOUR ADVANCE COVERAGE
Advance interviews: Available with people throughout California, including:
- People whose lives are directly affected by fracking and extreme oil extraction
- People organizing their communities to call for a ban on fracking and extreme oil extraction
- Experts on the health impacts of fracking
- Experts on the environmental/water impacts of fracking
- Faith leaders and environmental/climate justice leaders
- Community organizers and leaders working to end fracking, oil by rail, expanded oil refining, and urban oil drilling
- Labor leaders
- Young students who are traveling to Oakland to participate in the March
Sample Local angles:
- People in communities across California are organizing buses to bring people to the March for Real Climate Leadership.Many of these communities are actively engaged in protecting their communities from oil extraction and production, for example:
- In Carson, a three-plus year fight by the community to stop Occidental Petroleum (now California Resources Corp.) from installing 200 new frackable oil wells in their community ended this week when the company announced it was pulling its proposal. What does this mean for other fights to ban fracking in the state?
- More than 90% of fracking in California takes place in Kern County, and many people who live, work and attend school near oil drilling and fracking sites suffer adverse health impacts.
- On March 3rd, people from La Habra Heights will vote on a measure to ban fracking and those in Hermosa Beach will vote on a measure to decide whether to lift a ban on oil drilling in their city.
- On February 10, the Butte County Board of Supervisors will vote on an ordinance to ban fracking. Among those joining the March for Real Climate Leadership is a group of middle school students working on a yearlong project examining oil drilling.
- Ventura County communities are organizing to fight oil drilling and fracking projects linked to impacts to human health, wildlife and the environment.
- On February 2, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors Transportation and Planning committee will consider an ordinance that would ban fracking and oil extraction in that County.
14th St & Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
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