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Firstly, we acknowledge that we are in the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We wish to pay respect to their Elders and acknowledge the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play in Australia.

Our names are Jessica Chapel and Michelle Loree, and we are students at New York University studying in Sydney, Australia for the semester. In our short time in Australia, and through working with 350.org, we have already experienced the depth of the environmental crisis here in Australia, and how its effects are most detrimental to the people living in the Northern Territory. As citizens of the United States, we have seen the effects that hydraulic fracturing can have on a community and the environment. So, our mission while we are in Australia is to stop the practice from plaguing the Northern Territory as it not only ruins the ways of life for traditional land owners (including the Garawa, Mara, and Yanyuwa people), but also increases our Earth's atmospheric composition of greenhouse gases and contaminates some of our essential bodies of water. After a 15-month moratorium and inquiry, hydraulic fracturing has been approved to begin drilling in the Northern Territory,  a decision which we believe takes the country in the opposite direction it should be going in regards to climate change. Our message is clear: stop fracking in the Northern Territory.

Protesters, 2016

On October 23rd, 2019, we plan to travel to the Northern Territory and document our investigation regarding the effects of hydraulic fracturing on the communities of the NT while highlighting attempts of activism that has stemmed from this large scale issue. We also aim to address the effects that the mining and coal industry has had on the environment as well as the complacency of the Northern Territory government.

Protesters in 2016

We are seeking funding to provide production supplies, flights, housing, and payment for participants in the interviews we are going to conduct. Rewards for donations include credit at the end of the film, and early viewing access. We plan to film and edit our project fully by the end of December 2019. We are seeking a minimum of $1000 to cover at least flights and transportation, but our ultimate goal would require more than that for camera equipment and accommodations. (Not for profit)

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The biggest challenge facing our project is the willingness of participants. We are working to get in touch with as many groups in the area as possible, to prevent any lack of participation.

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