May has been a month of escalated resistance to fossil fuel industries and a call for a rapid transition to clean renewable sources of energy. The month began with Break Free: two weeks of direct action targeting coal, oil and gas around the world. That was followed by a week of action called the Rubber Stamp Rebellion protesting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its approval of new fossil fuel infrastructure without adequate consideration of the impacts new projects will have on the health and safety of communities, harm to the environment or worsening of the climate crisis. We speak with three advocates who are working to stop dangerous fossil fuel projects.
Vince interviews activist and artist Thomas Frank. Thomas lives in Northwest Indiana and has worked with various progressive and environmental organizations throughout Chicagoland and the broader Midwestern Region. They discuss many topics, but their primary focus is on the “Break Free From Fossil Fuels” event that is taking place in Whiting, Indiana on Sunday, May 15th. Break Free is a series of international events that are taking place from May 6th – May 15th.