About this project
My name is Josh Fox. I’ve spent the last eight years fighting fracked-gas around the world. I’ve made two films, GASLAND and GASLAND Part II.
In my new documentary, How To Let Go of the World And Love All the Things Climate Can't Change, I investigate climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known.
After realizing that I could beat fracking in my own backyard and still lose everything I love to climate change, I set out on an epic journey, traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, to learn from communities on the front lines of climate-change. It may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences, but in this film I ask, “What is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?”
After hearing the great news that How To Let Go of the World And Love All the Things Climate Can't Change was selected for this year's Sundance 2016 festival, we got to scheming & dreaming about how we'd bring our film to the world.
My team and I are out to raise $100,000 to fund our 100-city free-screening LET GO AND LOVE Tour. Working with local grassroots groups, we will take the film and the knowledge I’ve gained fighting fracking to 100 cities and towns that are currently threatened by dangerous fossil fuel infrastructure projects like fracked-gas pipelines and power plants. We will not only raise awareness by sharing the film FOR FREE, but will also bring on tour with me scientists, community organizers and tangible resources to help communities lead a renewable energy revolution, one community at a time.
We've got 60 days to raise an ambitious $100K so that our documentary can EDUCATE, INSPIRE and ACTIVATE our communities. With your help, we believe we can make this happen. Every $1k we raise is another city we’re reaching and inspiring change.
**All donations (beyond the value of any reward received) are tax deductible through our 501(c)3, Sweet Jane Productions Inc. a non profit organization based in Brooklyn, NY.
The United States is undergoing a massive energy transition that hasn’t attracted attention. The direction the country is heading in could render the Paris climate agreement meaningless. America is swapping one climate-damaging fuel, coal, for another that is actually worse: fracked gas. Power plants across the United States are converting their coal burners for gas burners. This transition is convenient and cheap, but this affordable energy transition has catastrophic consequences.
Natural gas is mostly methane, a warming agent a hundred times more powerful than CO2. Gas drillings, fracking sites, pipelines and compressors allow dangerous amounts of methane to leak into the atmosphere.
The industry is currently proposing, and the Obama administration is busy approving, hundreds of power plants, hundreds of thousands of miles of pipelines, compressor stations, LNG terminals and other fracked gas infrastructure across America: the Constitution pipeline in upstate New York, the CPV power plant in Middletown, New York, the NED pipeline through New England, two massive gas fired power plants in Denton, Texas, the Millennium pipeline expansion in Pennsylvania, the Tennessee pipeline in West Virginia, multiple LNG ports along the Pacific Northwest the gas storage facility at Seneca Lake, New York, and many more.
These infrastructure projects threaten the health and safety of local communities and the whole planet through fugitive methane emissions.
This means our backyards, our city parks and our daily dose of breathable clean air are going away. Too many times we’ve seen the government put the profits of the fossil fuel industry over public health.
ENTER LOCAL COMMUNITIES!
The LET GO AND LOVE Tour has the chance to reach those communities and more. Touring this film to cities and towns on the front lines of the fight against dangerous fossil fuel infrastructure can be the tipping point in the war against the fossil fuel industry. The film is about the power that local communities have in determining their own climate and energy solutions democratically and successfully rejecting the industry use of fracked gas.
Yes! Cities and towns can make the transition to renewable-energy sources now! Some are succeeding in stopping fracked-gas infrastructure projects and winning bans and moratoria on fracking, but they know the only permanent ban is switching to a different energy source all together.
Local grassroots support for renewables is strong and getting stronger. There’s a growing knowledge and experience base for how to translate that support successfully into actual renewable projects: Solar, wind, conservation, geothermal (and some renewable fuels already work better than fossil fuels, and they’re getting better all the time). That merits a five-minute dance party!
$1,000 per city covers things like travel, marketing, administrative costs as well as the costs to,
- Offer 100 screenings across the world for FREE.
- Create and distribute resources to all screening attendees to put the power in the hands of the people.
- Host guest expert speakers so folks like you and I are better educated and inspired to be game-changers in addressing climate change.
- Run grassroots marketing campaigns to get as many people as possible to see the film and be a part of the larger conversation.
Good question! For the past 8-years I’ve worked with local grassroots groups to tour the GASLAND films around the world.
I toured my Emmy winning documentary on fracking, GASLAND and GASLAND PART II, to about 150 cities and towns in the United States giving Q and A sessions and speeches after film screenings in coordination with local grassroots orgs, national orgs and Colleges and Universities. Our GASLAND grassroots tours have brought the film to an audience of over 200,000 people in this effort and we gathered over 50,000 sign ups to our website and 35,000 sign on petitions and letters for local organizations nationwide.
We screened the film for regional and federal EPAs numerous times, as well as for the US Congress and the Pennsylvania, New York, Colorado and Texas legislatures. We developed relationships with key political champions on the issues such as Reps Maurice Hinchey of New York, Jared Polis and Diana Degette of Colorado, Rush Holt of New Jersey, Al Armendariz of EPA and many many more. It has generated over 1,000 news stories worldwide.
THANK YOU for supporting the LET GO AND LOVE Tour!
Risks and challenges
We are already in the advance planning stages for the LET GO AND LOVE Tour. The movie premieres this January at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Josh, Deia and team have a wide network of faithful supporters. We are confident that communities will want to engage in the HOW TO LET GO conversation as they have with our tours of GASLAND and GASLAND PART II. We have worked tirelessly on this project and are determined to share the message of climate change and renewable energy resources to the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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