18 episodes

This movement is created by leaders who are inspired to take action. While we are all connecting by our shared goals to fight fracking’s harms, each and every leader brings a different perspective to this fight. And each perspective has a unique story behind it – a story to tell and to inspire.We’ve teamed up with producer Ryan Clover from Eco-Defense Radio to interview leaders in the Halt the Harm Network about everyday life, and what inspires them to action, day in, day out.

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This movement is created by leaders who are inspired to take action. While we are all connecting by our shared goals to fight fracking’s harms, each and every leader brings a different perspective to this fight. And each perspective has a unique story behind it – a story to tell and to inspire.We’ve teamed up with producer Ryan Clover from Eco-Defense Radio to interview leaders in the Halt the Harm Network about everyday life, and what inspires them to action, day in, day out.

    15 - Travis London, Taking Leadership

    15 - Travis London, Taking Leadership

    In this episode Travis London shares his story of taking leadership on environmental issues in his community in Donaldsonville Louisiana. We talk about networking, movement building, and learn about his experience fighting the Bayou Bridge Pipeline which would connect oil from the Bakken fields with refineries on the Gulf Coast.
    Travis wants all of us to know and remember the power of people when we connect with each other and defend our communities. He says “we’re the ones who give power to the president, to government agencies, to industry – so when people join together and organize we can win victories. “
    As mentioned in this episode
    Travis London on LinkedINCONFLUENCE - No Bayou Bridge PipelineNo Bayou Bridge Pipeline: bbp.orgFacebook Group: No Bayou Bridge Pipeline!L'eau Est La Vie Camp - No Bayou BridgeAbout Travis London
    Travis London is a networker and business owner from Donaldsonville, Louisiana involved in a variety of environmental justice issues. His business is in computing, but the harms of oil and gas industry motivate Travis to take leadership in environmental action.
    “In 2009, I was working as a library assistant. I met an activist by the name of Alberta Hasten, who was the founder of the Louisiana Environmental Justice Community Organization Coalition, client council board member of Capitol Area Legal Service, a board member of the school board, and a 35 year community activist that influenced me to get involved in everything as she showed people how everything related back to the environment. She had admire my networking skills as I helped her grew out her organization. She also took me along as her secretary/accountant in every type of fight that she was involved in. We did things from helping develop the Cancer Alley research in 2010 alongside Dr. Merril Singer of the University of Connecticut to doing usual environmental outreaches in different communities.”
    Credits
    This podcast is a project of halttheharm.net, a website and resource that connects you with leaders, activists, researchers, economists, legal experts, and funders to protect your community from oil & gas industry. Halt the Harm is a network of leaders who are taking action, sharing resources and information, and supporting each other’s campaigns. Find out more at halttheharm.net
    The soundtrack Halt the Harm podcast is"One of These Days" by Eilen Jewell from her album Sea of Tears.
    Recorded, produced, and published by Ryan Clover in the studios WRFI Watkins Glen, Ithaca

    • 40 min
    14 - Andy Myers, Using Film To Mobilize

    14 - Andy Myers, Using Film To Mobilize

    In this episode Andy Myers joins us to talk about using film as a tool for organizing and mobilizing around an issue.
    Andy Myers is the Campaign Coordinator for Working Films. A longtime proponent of linking films and activists, he has coordinated several state and national film campaigns, facilitated cross-organizational coalitions, and led multiple trainings for NGO’s and grassroots leaders aimed at using documentary film to advance their work.

    Andy’s shares tips on using films effectively, and sees them as an example of how arts & culture is integral to successful movements. He recommends using short films that spark discussions, and recognizing film makers who collaborate to tell stories.
    As mentioned in this episode
    Sane Energy ProjectYou Are Here Map Working filmsWater warriorsContact info@storyline.mediaNews, http://www.workingfilms.org/news/About Andy Myers
    Andy Myers is the Campaign Coordinator for Working Films, he holds a B.A in film studies and a B.A in environmental studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
    A longtime proponent of connecting film with activism, he has coordinated various national campaigns which leverage the narrative in social issue documentaries to advance the efforts of organizations with shared goals.
    Credits
    This podcast is a project of halttheharm.net, a website and resource that connects you with leaders, activists, researchers, economists, legal experts, and funders to protect your community from oil & gas industry. Halt the Harm is a network of leaders who are taking action, sharing resources and information, and supporting each other’s campaigns. Find out more at halttheharm.net
    The soundtrack Halt the Harm podcast is"One of These Days" by Eilen Jewell from her album Sea of Tears.
    Recorded, produced, and published by Ryan Clover in the studios WRFI Watkins Glen, Ithaca

    • 43 min
    13 - Dante Swinton, Energy Justice in Baltimore

    13 - Dante Swinton, Energy Justice in Baltimore

    In this episode Dante Swinton, the coordinator of the Divert Baltimore Program talks about organizing and advocating for alternatives to developing a waste incinerator that would cause a public health crisis in Baltimore. By taking leadership and a design thinking approach, Dante is able to show that diverting the waste from incineration has social, environmental, and economic benefits.
    Dante advocates for thinking outside of the box, instead of just focusing on what we’re against. He says it’s important to build a solution. With a strong solution we can be effective in our efforts.
    As mentioned in this episode
    Energy Justice Network : AboutBaltimore Clean Air ActClean Air Baltimore: A Campaign to Replace Waste Incineration with Zero-Waste JobsDonate to the campaignResourcesAbout Dante Swinton
    Dante has had an interest in environmental protection for 20 years, and has worked with Energy Justice Network since summer 2015. He has run for state and local office to raise waste/recycling, energy, transit, and domestic violence issues. He has a Bachelors in Environmental Studies from Winthrop University, and a Masters in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Baltimore.
    Dante is the Divert Baltimore Program Coordinator; Environmental Justice Researcher & Organizer with Clean Air Baltimore. More information at https://www.cleanairbmore.org
    Credits
    This podcast is a project of halttheharm.net, a website and resource that connects you with leaders, activists, researchers, economists, legal experts, and funders to protect your community from oil & gas industry. Halt the Harm is a network of leaders who are taking action, sharing resources and information, and supporting each other’s campaigns. Find out more at halttheharm.net
    The soundtrack Halt the Harm podcast is"One of These Days" by Eilen Jewell from her album Sea of Tears.
    Recorded, produced, and published by Ryan Clover in the studios WRFI Watkins Glen, Ithaca

    • 57 min
    12 - Eliza Griswold, Author of Amity and Prosperity

    12 - Eliza Griswold, Author of Amity and Prosperity

    In this episode you’ll hear a recording of a webinar presentation that Eliza Griswold, author of Amity and Prosperity brought to the network. The presentation is followed by a Q&A with Eliza.
    In Amity and Prosperity, the prize-winning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold tells the story of the energy boom’s impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia and one woman’s transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist.
    “In her new book, Amity and Prosperity, journalist Eliza Griswold provides a deeply human counterpoint to this political fray. She takes on the decidedly fraught issue of energy extraction through a vivid, compassionate portrait of one family living in the long shadow of industry . . . Griswold chronicles these escalating horrors with disarming intimacy.”
    — Meara Sharma, The Washington Post
    As mentioned in this episode
    Amity and Prosperity : the bookWebinar recording : Eliza Griswold, Amity and ProsperityHalt the Harm Webinar SeriesCredits
    This podcast is a project of halttheharm.net, a website and resource that connects you with leaders, activists, researchers, economists, legal experts, and funders to protect your community from oil & gas industry. Halt the Harm is a network of leaders who are taking action, sharing resources and information, and supporting each other’s campaigns. Find out more at halttheharm.net
    The soundtrack Halt the Harm podcast is"One of These Days" by Eilen Jewell from her album Sea of Tears.
    Recorded, produced, and published by Ryan Clover in the studios WRFI Watkins Glen, Ithaca

    • 55 min
    11 - Raina Rippel, Environmental Health Project

    11 - Raina Rippel, Environmental Health Project

    In this episode Raina Rippel from the Environmental Health Project talks about the Citizen Science Toolkit, a helpful resource for anyone who wants to protect their family and neighbors from the harms of fracking. This toolkit is an expansive document that details ways that anyone can participate in monitoring environmental health impacts.
    We talk about the implications of health monitoring, how the toolkit was created, and provide some insight into the role of citizen science in protecting ourselves from industry that is looking for the cheapest and fastest way to extract gas and bring it to market.
    Raina says we all need to be involved in protecting our family and neighbors from the potential harms associated with unconventional oil and gas development – there are tools at our disposal to do this right now.
    As mentioned in this episode
    FracTracker AllianceEnvironmental Health ProjectCitizen Science ToolkitAbout Raina Rippel
    In 2011, Raina Rippel helped found the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (EHP) in response to growing concerns associated with gas drilling activity and health impacts in Washington County, PA. Formerly Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility/Maine and the Center for Coalfield Justice, Rippel has on the job training in environmental public health, medical education and outreach, community organizing, strategic development and leadership.
    Rippel heads up a team of fifteen staff and consultants and various interns with expertise in healthcare, public health research, toxicology, air and water quality, strategic development and community organizing, in conducting a targeted and timely public health response to unconventional shale development. EHP focuses their work on gathering data from residents of southwest PA and beyond on probable health impacts from oil and gas development, determining routes of exposures, and providing best-practice air and water monitoring tools and guidance, as well as accessible and effective interventions for individuals, households, and communities.
    Citizen Scientist Toolkit
    This Citizen Scientist toolkit will provide listeners with an easy-to-follow framework for taking steps to becoming a more informed, empowered member of your community. By carefully following the procedures and protocols that are defined in the toolkit, listeners will become a citizen scientist, and their efforts can have an impact that extends well beyond their community. Their data can be added to the findings of many others. Together, this information can help listeners, their community, researchers and scientists truly understand the type and level of fracking-related risks.
    Credits
    This podcast is a project of halttheharm.net, a website and resource that connects you with leaders, activists, researchers, economists, legal experts, and funders to protect your community from oil & gas industry. Halt the Harm is a network of leaders who are taking action, sharing resources and information, and supporting each other’s campaigns. Find out more at halttheharm.net
    The soundtrack Halt the Harm podcast is"One of These Days" by Eilen Jewell from her album Sea of Tears.
    Recorded, produced, and published by Ryan Clover in the studios WRFI Watkins Glen, Ithaca

    • 27 min
    10 - Walter Hang on strategy, focus, and doing the work to crush industry plans.

    10 - Walter Hang on strategy, focus, and doing the work to crush industry plans.

    Walter Hang from Toxics Targeting has led unprecedented victories against oil and gas projects in upstate NY – and in this interview he explains his strategy of balancing the message with an incredibly focused demand. The trick, he says, is that there is no trick – there are no shortcuts to the hard work, training, and commitment we need to win. What’s remarkable is that even though it’s challenging, the principles are actually quite simple, but we need to avoid the mistake of pouring effort into campaign strategies that are ineffective. In this episode you’ll gain some insight into how Walter has achieved so many victories, and in his words “crushed” pipeline project and other infrastructure demands of the oil & gas industry. 
    As mentioned in this episode:
    Toxics Targeting at www.toxicstargeting.comInfrastructure Campaign Compilationwww.facebook.com/ToxicsTargetingDespite FERC approval, groups in NY are still able to defeat the development of a massive regional storage hub for fracked gas.The political argument “how can you support additional infrastructure for a dying industry?”…great political argument, which is going to rally and build the movement… but it’s not the legal strategy.When you identify the regulatory pressure points, identify exactly who you need to pressure on exactly which legal point. The ASK needs to be focused… The ask is different than the message which is how we organize a campaign.Toxics targeting helps focus the activists legal strategies to be more effective. They help identify the points and focus the efforts like a battering ram to prevent infrastructure projects.Bio: Walter Hang is the founder of Toxics Targeting, an consulting firm in Ithaca, NY that helps people understand toxic sites through New York State. He produces maps, reports, and publishes research with his team. You don’t need to be in New York State to be involved with Toxics Targeting campaigns, or to learn about their work  – just contact walter@toxicstargeting.com or go to the website www.toxicstargeting.com and look at the call to action in the bottom right of the page. 
    Core Message: The trick is that there is no trick… to beat the fossil fuel industry and the politicians that favor them we need to work hard, build our network, and have a focused strategy with extremely clear demands. No tool, app, or social platform replaces the value of going door to door, building a campaign around a single (strategically sound) demand. 
    Credits: This podcast is a project of halttheharm.net, a website and resource that connects you with leaders, activists, researchers, economists, legal experts, and funders to protect your community from oil & gas industry. Halt the Harm is a network of leaders who are taking action, sharing resources and information, and supporting each other’s campaigns. Find out more at halttheharm.net The soundtrack Halt the Harm podcast is"One of These Days" by Eilen Jewell from her album Sea of Tears. Recorded, produced, and published by Ryan Clover in the studios WRFI Watkins Glen, Ithaca

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

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MattLowe123 ,

Connection

I love having this resource for earning more about what others are doing in the fight to preserve our environment and getting to feel connected to the rest of the movement!

Neeta S. ,

Really inspiring stories!!!

Genuine stories and enjoyable to listen to. Also very educational on the current struggles people are facing due to fracking. Looking forward to the next few episodes.

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