Environmental Working Group

Environmental

Occupy Naperville believes in a clean and safe environment.

Humans beings have one home: planet Earth. We live on this planet together and share its limited resources. What we do as a society to our planet impacts us all. Human life will end without clean water, safe food and breathable air.

We recognize that an economy is built with natural resources and that these resources are limited. However the irresponsible use of these precious resources will have a disastrous effect on human life.

Occupy Naperville believes that in order to have a decent life, our economy must keep air clean, water chemical-free and food free of toxic chemicals and genetically modified organisms (GMO).

Fracking

Hydraulic fracturing or Fracking, is the shattering of underground rock using a pressurized liquid consisting of a slurry of water, gels, sand and secret chemical additives. This toxic mixture is injected into shale rock underground in order to create fractures which allow natural gas to be released, captured and then sold on the global energy market.

Fracking uses water, between 1.2 and 3.5 million gallons of water per well, with large projects using over 5 million gallons per well. After Fracking, this waste water is unusable due to the amount of toxic chemicals still in the used water.

Fracking has the potential of contaminating ground water and threatens the aquifer (An aquifer is an underground layer of water-bearing permeable rock or unconsolidated materials (gravel, sand, or silt), vital to human health and agriculture.

Also important to the people of Illinois is that Fracking uses sand, lots of sand. Most of this sand is mined from Wisconsin but a company called Mississippi Sand is set to begin mining sand from a field located next to Staved Rock State Park, a protected natural resource.

Occupy Naperville fully supports the anti-Fracking movement, especially in Illinois as the regulations for Hydraulic fracturing are now being finalized and joins with millions opposed to Fracking world-wide. Fracking is banned in over 400 communities in the U.S. As well as in France.

Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline

Tar sands oil is only economically viable when oil is above $50 per barrel. The best way to keep that oil in the ground is to lessen our demand on oil. Basic economics will then lower the price (low demand = low price).

Climate change and Global Warming

The climate of planet Earth has changed much throughout its existence and climate change is a natural process. The greenhouse effect is the process by which the absorption and emission of infrared radiation by gases in a planet’s atmosphere warm its lower atmosphere and surface. Major greenhouse gases are water vapor, which causes about 70% of the greenhouse effect; carbon dioxide (CO2), which causes 26%; methane (CH4), which causes 9%; and ozone (O3), which causes 7%. The greenhouse effect is a natural process. Humans however, have artificially changed our climate through human activity. They have accelerated a natural process through an unnatural process: the burning of fossil fuels. Human activity, mostly through fossil fuel burning (coal, petroleum, and natural gas), has produced about three-quarters of the increase in CO2 from over the past 20 years. The rest of this increase is caused mostly by changes in land-use, particularly deforestation (trees consume the most CO2). Water vapor is produced from evaporation or from the sublimation of ice, both of which are caused by an increase in the Earth’s average surface temperature.

The United States is by far the largest consumer of fossil fuels in the world. Increasing the use of fossil fuels while removing trees across the globe melt the ice and warm oceans. This change affects the global climate by increasing the amount of energy in the atmosphere thus creating more powerful weather events. This means storms are more powerful, droughts are longer lasting and precipitation is dramatically increased which can lead to mass flooding.

Occupy Naperville is deeply concerned with the inaction of world governments to combat rising temperatures and the pseudo-science used by Big Oil to keep the general population confused as to Global Warming.

Transfer to a Green Economy

Occupy Naperville recognizes that our future economy has to be fueled by sustainable energy which does not cause harm to the planet and keeps the climate suitable for human life.

We support the transfer from a fossil-fuel based economy to a green economy fueled by sustainable sources of energy such as wind, solar, and Geo-thermal. This transfer has the potential of creating more jobs than the fossil fuel industry and keeping the atmosphere of our only home safe for human habitation.