Those of you who follow this blog know that a group of local citizens has been working closely with the Carbon County Resource Council and the Stillwater Protective Association to preserve our environment, economy and way of life from the damage we expect will be caused by unrestricted oil drilling in the area. Our efforts, which include this blog, have been largely volunteer, with contributions raised to provide some professional support.
As readers of the blog you also know that we cannot expect much help from federal or State regulatory agencies. Protecting our community will require collaborative local action, with broad acceptance among our citizens.
This is where we need your help.
In a rural community like ours, building community consensus requires person to person communication. There are 17,000 people in our two counties spread out over nearly 4,000 square miles, so getting the word out is not easy.
We need to make a video that describes the impact of oil and gas drilling on local communities, creates urgency for community action, and shows how local communities can protect their water, their property values and their rights to self determination. This video will be shown at public meetings, posted online and handed out from neighbor to neighbor to make sure everyone gets the message.
It will feature interviews with experts and local residents.We believe it is a key tool to inform our community and our elected officials about what energized citizens can do.
To make the video affordable, our neighbors have donated their time, professional editing facilities and even use of an airplane to shoot video of the Beartooth watershed. Video projects like this usually cost tens of thousands of dollars, but we have been able to get the cost down to $8000 for a professional multipurpose video.
We are raising funds through a social media network called Indiegogo, which encourages small donations magnified through social media. To reach our goal, we need the help of our supporters. As a reader of this blog and a supporter of our efforts, you can make this happen.
Here’s how you can help:
- Make a contribution if you can. Any amount would help. You can contribute by going to our Indiegogo project page. As you can see, donations at certain levels will get you cool stuff.
- Use your social network to let others know about the project and encourage them to help out. This is one of the key features of our fundraising plan — you help by encouraging your social media contacts to join you in funding a project you believe in. Post on Facebook or Twitter, or just send out a note to your email contacts. You can let your Facebook network know about this by sharing the announcement on the Facebook page No Fracking the Beartooth Front.
- Encourage others to contribute, and to share on their social networks.
- Encourage people to come to this blog and our sister Facebook page for more information. We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the video.
- Like our Facebook page to make sure you get updates.
We plan to shoot the video during the week of June 23 and have a finished copy ready in July, so we need to move quickly. Please make your contribution right away, and get the word out that we need contributions to be in by June 26.
Questions? Here are some answers:
Q. Can we only give the amounts shown?
A. No, you can give any amount you choose.
Q. We just want to give. Do we need to take the prizes?
A. No, when you make a donation you’ll have the option of accepting the prize or not.
Q. The project page is on Indiegogo. What is that?
A. Indiegogo is one of the leaders in “crowdfunding,” a type of fundraising that enables community-based nonprofit organizations utilize social networks to fund their projects.
Q. What happens if you don’t raise the money? What if you raise more than you need?
A. We will raise as much as possible toward our goal of $8,000 using Indiegogo. We’ll advertise using social media such as Facebook, encouraging our supporters to advertise on their social network. We’re confident we’ll make it, but if necessary we’ll raise any shortfall through more traditional fundraising sources. If extra funds are raised they will go to the Beartooth Front Defense Fund, run by Northern Plains Resource Council, to pay other expenses of the whole campaign.
Q. How will I know when the video is complete?
A. We will shoot the video during the week of June 23, and will have a finished product sometime in July. It will be posted on the web sites of Northern Plains Resource Council, Carbon County Resource Council, and Stillwater Protective Association. We’ll post it on this site and on our sister Facebook page as soon as it’s ready.
If you have other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below or on Facebook.
Thanks for being a part of this. Now let’s get going!