Follow News & Local Developments
Local media outlets are often overlooked, but can be a useful method to find important information about UNGD in your town. Indeed, some local issues are only covered by local newspapers. Examples of some of these issues include zoning changes, public hearings and meetings, local permit applications and issuances, as well as changes to positions of elected officials and appointees. Local reporters will attend monthly municipal meetings and write their stories based on the information presented. Forming a relationship with your local reporters can be very valuable when you are seeking media coverage for a local effort.
Protect Our Children Resources
The Protect Our Children Coalition (POC) and website have several resources to help you become educated on the issues related to unconventional gas development. Most importantly, the coalition website includes our community toolbox, access to relevant recent studies, a list of leaders and organizations involved with the coalition that can help advance your work, and campaign tools like signs and brochures. In addition to giving you contact information of organizations that are members of our coalition, POC can help you organize a presentation in your town or give trainings to refine skills and knowledge helpful in addressing concerns about shale gas infrastructure. The educational presentation can help others in your community understand the health impacts associated with shale gas infrastructure. POC can provide support in finding a location for your meeting, advertising the meeting through social and print media, and any other planning needed to make your event as successful as possible. Click here to Request a Educational Workshop.
Educate Yourself with Relevant Studies
Educating yourself is the best way for you to understand the science behind shale gas and to be sure the data that you have is accurate. Protect Our Children offers in-person educational presentations to present information about the health risks of shale gas infrastructure and how children are especially vulnerable to air pollution and other impacts from these facilities.
Click here for recent peer-reviewed studies that Protect Our Children has identified as the most important studies about the health impacts on children and pregnant mothers from Unconventional Natural Gas Development (UNGD).
In addition to our website resources, you can access this database through PSE Healthy Energy to search for other studies dealing with UNGD. Familiarizing yourself with the science of shale gas might seem like a large task, but we have a group of leaders to help you if needed. Click here for a list of coalition team members who can help you access and understand health research related to shale gas infrastructure.
A: Get Informed About the Issue
The first step in responding to proposed or existing shale gas infrastructure, such as gas wells or compressor stations, is to become informed. The best place for accurate and current information is from the organizations and people currently working on the issue because these groups have already identified the most relevant information. Protect Our Children Coalition has a network of organizations that work on educating individuals about the issues surrounding unconventional oil and gas development and its website is designed to be a clearinghouse for accessing the most critical resources.