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Fracking

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We find ourselves at a tipping‐point as we enter the sunset of the oil‐based economy. Energy companies around the world are investing heavily in the search for alternative energy sources, and the choices we allow them to make in this pursuit will have far‐ reaching consequences for ours, and many generations to come.

A very important and controversial chapter in the journey to find new energy sources has just begun in our own backyard. You might be aware that a consortium of mining companies, headed by Shell, is intending to explore for natural gas in an area covering over 90,000km2 of the Karoo


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We find ourselves at a tipping‐point as we enter the sunset of the oil‐based economy. Energy companies around the world are investing heavily in the search for alternative energy sources, and the choices we allow them to make in this pursuit will have far‐ reaching consequences for ours, and many generations to come.

A very important and controversial chapter in the journey to find new energy sources has just begun in our own backyard. You might be aware that a consortium of mining companies, headed by Shell, is intending to explore for natural gas in an area covering over 90,000km2 of the Karoo basin. The “fracking” technique they intend to use is extremely water‐intensive and known to cause devastating groundwater pollution. (See: treasurethekaroo.blogspot.com)

Shell is currently running a mass‐media campaign to assure South Africans that fracking in the Karoo will be environmentally safe and socially beneficial. A broad spectrum of environmental NGO’s believes that Shell is misleading the public, and that fracking will be a disaster for the Karoo. However, with limited resources it’s very challenging for them to present an alternative view and compete with Shell in the battle for public opinion.

Thanks to the Internet and profusion of social networking tools, civil society is able to interact to a degree unimaginable only a few years ago. We are now able to share information and mobilise support on a scale that can move inert governments to action, and hold multinational corporations accountable to environmental and social best practices.

The aim of this group to showcase the environmental and social heritage of the Karoo, thereby focusing on what’s positive, beautiful, and economically valuable – the great treasure that is the Karoo. The public needs to be inspired by the people and landscapes of the Karoo and to change the general perception that the Karoo is just an empty desert. Our “Call to Action” will direct the general public to support the front‐line NGO’s in their various initiatives: petitioning, litigation, lobbying etc.

The PSA’s will be “open-source”, meaning that the materials are freely available for anyone to use.

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