Second Saturday Documentary Series presents: “Gasland Part II”

Gasland2GraphicswithurlIn his explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).

GASLAND PART II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today.  A public screening of the film will be held on Saturday, December 14, 1:30 p.m., at Niles Discovery Church, 255 H St., Fremont.  The screening is free; donations are accepted.  A discussion will follow the screening, led by Lance Simmens, California CA State Director for “Gasland Grassroots.”

The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane.  In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox’s words “contaminating our democracy.”

“Climate change is the moral issue of our day,” the Rev. Jeffrey Spencer, Senior Pastor at Niles Discovery Church, said.  “Changing climates are leading to scarcity of water in some regions and too much water (usually called ‘flooding’) in other regions.  Changing climates are leading to food shortages and famines.  It is all too likely that changing climates will lead to war.  Unless we do something now to mitigate the impacts of global warming.”

“We’re including this movie in the Second Saturday Documentary Series because fracking is bad for the environment and because we need to be shifting away from fossil fuels anyway,” Spencer said.

This screening is part of the Second Saturday Documentary Series, a film series co-sponsored by Niles Discovery Church, Tri-City Perspectives, and the San Jose Peace and Justice Center.  This screening is also co-sponsored by the Sierra Club-South Alameda County Group.  The trailer for the movie can be seen here.

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