Each of our various faith traditions teaches us that we must care for God's Creation, and so together we advocate a rapid transition to renewable sources of energy like wind, water, and sun; and we oppose extreme fossil fuel extraction processes like fracking and mountain top removal that harm the environment and human health.

FAITH LEADERS EVALUATE FRACKING IN LIGHT OF THEIR SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS

FaCT’s Ohio Health Registry Team: L. to R., Becca Pollard, Coordinator of Registrations, Ron Prosek, Vice President of FaCT, Ginnie McNeil, registrar from Barbour County, WV; Ohio Registrars Kristina Kistler and Mani Pierce; and Bob Maher, leader of FaCT-Athens.

FaCT’s Ohio Health Registry Team: L. to R., Becca Pollard, Coordinator of Registrations, Ron Prosek, Vice President of FaCT, Ginnie McNeil, registrar from Barbour County, WV; Ohio Registrars Kristina Kistler and Mani Pierce; and Bob Maher, leader of FaCT-Athens.


  

FaCT - WHO WE ARE

We are individuals from Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, and other faith communities from 16 counties in Ohio, three in West Virginia, and some locations in Pennsylvania.  We are working together to protect the natural order of this earth which sustains us all.

Let’s Grow Together to Move Ohio Forward—
Statewide Summit in New Philadelphia March 23

This is a heads up that FaCT-OHIO (Faith Communities Together for a Sustainable Future) is sponsoring a Statewide Summit on Saturday March 23 at the Schoenbrunn Inn Conference Center, 1186 W High Ave, New Philadelphia, OH 44663. The Summit will be conducted from 10 AM to 4 PM.  [Registration form links near the end of this article, or use the Summit Registration button at the top of this homepage.]

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This Statewide Summit is for all grassroots community groups involved in any facet of educating people about issues with fracking or other shale development infrastructure such as pipelines, compressor stations, injection wells, cracker plants etc.  It is often especially valuable for newer groups to network with other activists who know about this issue and can share contacts such as good speakers on various topics.

This event will emphasize time in small groups to share ideas, share contacts, and organize so that we can know about and participate in events that other groups are having. This will help our groups quickly disseminate information to other groups. Thus, we can all be more effective in getting the word out about events any of us are sponsoring, bills that are pending at the state or federal levels, and other issues affecting us all.

The Summit will be addressed by a distinguished keynote speaker, Dr. David Orr, who will get the Summit off to a good start. Dr. Orr will offer us positive thoughts about how to function in a world increasingly devoid of common sense or concern for other people.  Those of us who consider a healthy environment, wilderness to enjoy, and clean air, water, and soil important are acutely aware of the large well funded forces arrayed in opposition to those things we consider essential. We can become tired of gloomy outlooks and working hard with few victories to show for that work. So come be encouraged as we gather our energy and put our brains together to face the future with renewed purpose and determination!

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Dr. David Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor
of Environmental Studies & Politics, Emeritus
of Oberlin College

Among the topics we are planning for THIS year’s Statewide Summit:

·      Sharing Our Success Stories — Even the Little Ones Count!   
·      Positive Actions You Can Take to Keep Members of Your Group Engaged and Active
·      Supporting Each Other’s Work Via Info Sharing & Mutual Promotion

Lunch will be provided at the event, so there will be a charge of $18 per person to cover this.  You can pay at the door by cash or check. We have raised the money to rent the room separately.  Reservations will be needed in advance (by March 7, 2019) as we will have to order and pay for the food ahead of time.  You will need to respond with our registration form ASAP in order to be registered for the lunch and the conference.

So come as a group! Come network, meet with potential speakers who have developed expertise on their topic, and get ideas. Click here to go to a printable registration form: FORM

OR use our electronic form to submit registration directly from this website: E-FORM

We look forward to seeing you at the Statewide Summit 2019.  Get off to a great start for 2019!

Debbie Cowden, MD
www.factohio.org


OUR NEXT STATEWIDE MEETING WILL BE APRIL 13 @ Noon

beginning with a potluck lunch.

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Unitarian Universalist church of Youngstown, OH

1105 Elm Street, Youngstown, OH 44505

RSVP to: factohio@gmail.com


Our Vision

We envision an Ohio where clean, renewable energy is safely produced and where fossil fuels are used only in a limited way as a transitional source of energy until all energy is supplied by clean, renewable sources. We believe this is possible by 2050, following the plan offered by thesolutionsproject.org

Any extraction, processing, transport or transmission of hydrocarbons must be done in the safest possible manner under the guidelines of thorough and appropriate regulations that are rigorously enforced so that the rights of workers, landowners, and the community are honored and respected.

Finally, we envision an Ohio where citizens are educated and empowered to conserve energy, and where citizens value clean air and water, and uncontaminated soil.

How FaCT Carries Out its Mission

EDUCATION:

We develop programs and presentations as well as informational printouts that are used by FaCT participants to educate their own faith communities and the greater communities in which their places of worship are located.

Since conversation is often an effective means of educating, we seek to grow the number of FaCT participants and their respective faith communities, as they are best positioned to reach individuals with whom they have relationships.

ADVOCACY:

We publish our positions on various issues at our website, on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FrackFreeCleveland/?fref=ts), via media releases, and in other media contacts; we thereby convey our positions advocating for changes in government structures and in laws that bear on these issues.

When called on, we assist concerned citizens in communities seeking to defend their water, air, and soil and the health and safety of their residents through the use of such tools as a community bill of rights.

We cooperate with other environmental organizations in public demonstrations against such destructive activities as fracking, toxic and radioactive fracking waste, and for the replacement of fossil fuels with conservation measures, community and personal lifestyle changes,  and with renewable energy sources such as wind, water, and sun.

We intervene, when asked by interested parties, in lease deliberations, especially those involving faith communities and their land or lands in their vicinity.

OUR PERSPECTIVE:

In all the work we do, we work together on an interfaith basis, each of us drawing on the ethical principles of our respective religious and spiritual traditions to preserve and protect the web of life of which we are all a part.  All our faith traditions teach that this earth is a gift that we must work to preserve and protect.  Faith communities represent strong and caring groups of individuals with the power to affect change. 


"The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share."  Lady Bird Johnson