Join us 20/10/16: ‘Keep Them in the Ground’ Film screening and fundraiser – ‘Groundswell Rising’ and ‘Condemned’

Groundswell rising

UPDATED 26/10/16 – Email from Frack Free Ryedale: “Thank you very much for your recent donation and thank you for your support.  We will be banking your cheque shortly. We will be adding your donation to our Judicial Review fighting fund. Any monies not spent on the Judicial Review will be used for further campaigning to stop unconventional gas extraction which in this locality is Fracking.  Thanks again. Frack Free Ryedale”


This Autumn, we are organising a screening of two films about fossil fuel extraction and its impacts on communities. The event will take place at the Red and Green Club in Milnsbridge on Thursday 20th October (event poster: Keep Them in the Ground Film Screening October 2016).

Our main feature is Groundswell Rising, a film that depicts ordinary people’s struggles – and frequently victories – against fracking in the USA.

As the producers, Bullfrog films, say, “GROUNDSWELL RISING gives voice to ordinary folks engaged in a David and Goliath struggle against Big Oil and Gas. We meet parents, scientists, doctors, farmers and individuals across the political spectrum decrying the energy extraction process known as fracking that puts profits over people. This provocative documentary tracks a grassroots movement exposing dangers to clean air, water and civil rights. Transcending the genre of environmental film, GROUNDSWELL’s passionate stories inspire and empower.

“Should be watched by everyone on the side of industry and those considering leasing their land to the gas companies.” Mark Ruffalo, Actor, Activist

Before we screen ‘Groundswell Rising’ we will screen ‘Condemned’. This is a powerful ten minute film that highlights the environmental and human rights impacts of coal mining in Russia. The film focuses on the experiences of the indigenous Shor people in the Kuzbass region.

In 2015, 24% of the electricity produced in the UK came from coal fired power stations. 31% of the coal burned in UK power stations comes from Russia, most of it from the Kuzbass region (with most of the remainder coming from Columbia, the US and UK opencast sites). Russian coal forms 8% of the UK’s total energy mix. 25% of the coal burned at Drax power station in Yorkshire comes from Russia. There is in-depth analysis on UK coal and its impacts around the world in the Coal Action Network’s ‘Ditch Coal’report.

‘Condemned’ was produced by the Russian organisation Ecodefense. Vladimir Slivyak, a member of Ecodefense, represented the organisation on a speaker tour of the UK in May and June. During this tour, he wrote a blog, ‘From Russia with Blood’.


The film screenings will be followed by informal group discussions over a drink.


7 p.m. Screening of ‘Condemned’

7.15 p.m. Screening of ‘Groundswell Rising’

8.30 p.m. Post-screening informal group discussions over drinks

The event is free but we will welcome donations. Donations will be split 50/50 between Frack Free Ryedale and the Red and Green Club (42 Bankwell Road, Milnsbridge HD3 4LU).



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