Launched in 2018, Elected Officials to Protect California (EOPCA) is a bipartisan network of 250+ local elected officials from a majority of counties calling to phase out fossil fuel production statewide and protect communities living next to oil and gas extraction and production.
EOPCA garnered 80 news media hits, helping direct the national media narrative around the Global Climate Action Summit.
We organized 250 elected officials from a majority of counties, including 68 mayors and vice mayors, 27 county supervisors, and majorities of councils in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and West Hollywood.
Our success far exceeded expectations and led to a new project where we are working to ban oil extraction from the state.
Founded in 2012, Elected Officials to Protect New York (EOPNY) is a statewide bipartisan network which organized 1,000+ officials from all 62 counties to successfully ban fracking statewide, and advance clean energy and fossil fuel divestment, garnering more than 200 news media hits, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and BBC.
EOPNY played a key role in continuation of the state’s moratorium on fracking, which led to Governor Cuomo’s eventual statewide fracking ban in 2015 and becoming the first governor to call for divestment from fossil fuels in 2017.
We continue to work to progress legislation for clean energy in the state.
Production: Anna Day – Producer, Investigative Journalist, Alex Cornell du Houx – Exec. Producer, Director, Dominic Frongillo – Producer, Kari Barber, MPSE – Sound Editor, Maleah Raquelle – Cinematographer, Shannon Hunter Strickland – Cinematographer. Special thanks to: Mark Engler, Kate Galliers, CVLT Productions LA, FoVRth Productions, Roddenberry Foundation, Solon Center for Research and Publishing.
Code Blue tells true stories using water security as a means to illustrate the dangers, and solutions to climate change.
Here we expose Saudi Arabia for buying up U.S. water rights, and land to grow cattle feed in America, that they ship home. Saudi Arabia bought these water rights despite an 18-year drought in the region. They can extract up to 2.3 million gallons a day without limitation in Arizona alone. Arizona’s local solutions to the historic drought could help communities across America.
We should never allow a foreign government that has a history of war crimes to buy American land and extract unlimited oil, yet this happens every day in the form of water – an even more valuable strategic resource.
Producer: by Alex Cornell du Houx with a grant from the U.S. Department of State. Iraq footage filmed by Alex Cornell du Houx, Egypt from Anna Therese Day. Special thank you to: Bill Brock, Ramona du Houx, and Steve Holleran for their expertise and cinematography. Huge thanks to Kari Barber for her sound production and editing.
As the world heats up with climate change, the increasing lack of fresh water is causing conflicts around the globe. But there is hope – real solutions are already making a difference. Maine has developed off shore wind platforms that could export clean energy for the Eastern seaboard. Solar power is also taking hold in the state.