Jul 28 Interfaith Service before "Stop the Frack Attack" Rally (2012)

Opportunity for Mindful Action
On July 28 anti-fracking activists from across the country will gather for the first time as a national movement in Washington DC.

From Colorado, Pennsylvania and Texas, where the oil and gas industry have been fracking rampantly for years, to Ohio and New York, where fracking is just beginning to get under way -- people will be standing shoulder to shoulder against the fracking natural gas industry and all the damage it does to our communities.

Poisoned water, scarred landscapes, polluted air -- the damage wrought by fracking is already clear (even the billionaire inventor of fracking thinks that things have gone too far. But the biggest impact of the fracking boom will likely be most felt as the planet warms - by keeping us addicted to fossil fuels, and delaying our transition to renewable energy, fracking surely worsens the climate crisis.

This event is called Stop the Frack Attack, and the main rally will be on Saturday, July 28th at 2 PM on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Bill McKibben will be there, along with Mark Ruffalo and Josh Fox, the director of Gasland.

Can you join the national anti-fracking movement in DC next week? Click here for information and to RSVP for the Stop the Frack Attack rally. Come even if you don't register. 

At 1:30 pm please join in an interfaith service just before the rally starts on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building.

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi is invited to speak at this interfaith service.

This moment in the year coincides with an ancient Jewish day of mourning and lament, called “Tisha B’Av” -- traditionally focused on the destruction of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem.  That day when the old is destroyed is also understood as the day when the new is born – when the transformation of the world into the “Beloved Community” (as Dr. Martin Luther King called that hope) begins. ...  the “Temple” is, in our own day, the Earth as a whole – the “Temple” of all cultures, all peoples, all species -- now in danger of destruction."
-- Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director, The Shalom Center.

From a Buddhist perspective:
"What can one person do? What should I do? The more we understand ecosystem complexities and human inequities, the more we realize how much effort it will take to turn the ship towards a sustainable future. What are the ethics and values behind our choices?  How can we find the emotional and spiritual resolve to keep going under the multitude of challenges? Who can we turn to for green wisdom? Such questions are particularly acute in the face of Climate Change. More people are taking up and shaping a "green practice path", which is by and large a secular practice, open to all -- what the Dalai Lama called an "ethics for the new millennium", built on compassion, restraint, and acceptance of universal responsibility  for the well-being of the earth and its inhabitants. Green living in depth is an expression of our deepest moral values, less a chore, more a locus of ethical development. Not because we "should", but because we "respect". ... Traditional Buddhist wisdom is practical, as well as supporting spiritual practice. Buddhist teachings are particularly rich in understanding about the interdependence of people and nature. Buddhism is sophisticated in its treatment of desire, the fundamental driver in consumerism." -- Stephanie Kaza, Mindfully Green