by Crystal Wiltshire, Ecorazzi
When filmmaker Josh Fox was offered money for a gas company to set up a fracking operation in his backyard, it forced him to take a hard look at exactly what was going on. Knowing that the area is a watershed that feeds the water systems of surrounding major cities, he understood quickly that the area needed to be protected. From this need, his film “Gasland” was created.
“I think ‘Gasland’ is the doorway for a lot of people to see something happening in their backyard and realize the national and global implications,” says Fox.
The film has gained him enormous momentum in the fight against fossil fuels, earning nods from the Oscars, Emmys and Sundance Film Festival, among others. It has caught the attention of countless celebrities, such as Alec Baldwin and Mark Ruffalo, who have helped to promote the film and the anti-fracking movement behind it.
Fox has discussed that he will continue to explore these issues in the follow up documentary, “Gasland 2″, which will examine more of the politics behind the fossil fuel industry.
“We’re looking at the way in which the fossil fuel industry has attacked the fundamentals of our democracy and spends enormous amounts of money trying to undermine the citizens’ voice in Albany, Sacramento, Washington and all across the nation,” he says. “There are a lot of topics to be investigated. Every single dollar spent lobbying a legislator on behalf of oil and gas is a toxic dollar that undermines public health and safety laws that protect Americans. That’s contamination of the political system.”
Image credit: Gasland Trailer