If ever an online video should go viral, it is Gasland director Josh Fox’s vital new 18-minute gem, The Sky Is Pink.
It should become a widespread hit because:
- It’s brilliant.
- It’s funny.
- It will scare the crap out of you and make you want to take action.
The film’s title comes out of the mouth of a public official in Pittsburgh who, in Michael Moore comedic-style language, talks about how the media will report lies — “the sky is pink” — unless someone is out there to regularly rebut them. And if you say, “The sky is blue,” the media will report this as a debate worthy of coverage.
What’s brilliant about Fox’s mini-documentary is that he both exposes the disinformation campaign being waged by the natural gas industry — and its allies in (very) high places — and reveals, in leaked documents and PowerPoint presentations, that the industry is fully aware that its fracking wells are contaminating water. Formally called hydraulic fracturing or shale-gas drilling — fracking requires large quantities of water and a cocktail of toxic chemicals. By poisoning drinking water and farmland, it endangers public health.
The natural gas industry lies. Its executives know they lie. And we swallow their lies. Literally.
As someone who has wrestled with the climate crisis for over two decades, this mini-doc comes at a critical time. The crisis in journalism — with investigative journalism increasingly rare, and corporate control of the media at unprecedented heights — is one reason the Earth’s climate is increasingly unstable. Tragically, we may already have reached critical tipping points, with dire consequences for everyone.
Watch this new film and weep for our water, our democracy, and our future.
Then spread the word and take action. Here are some great groups to support who are fighting fracking, working on media democracy issues, and trying to get the word out on the environmental crisis.