2015 marks the 25-year anniversary of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation, as well as some major milestones in our achievements. As many of you know, KEF was founded in 1990 by Madison County, KY residents as a way to organize the fight for the safe disposal of the world's most dangerous chemical weapons that were being stockpiled at the Bluegrass Army Depot. We fought and we won, succeeding in defeating incineration at four of eight chemical weapons sites, where safe, non-incineration disposal technologies were chosen instead. Its one of our greatest achievements to date. This year we honored that work by producing a documentary, funded entirely by supporters like you. NERVE: The Film premiered to hundreds of community members at EKU Center for the Arts, raising awareness about community action and the importance of social justice.
Since KEF's first initiative, we have gone on to many more fights - some victories, and some losses - but here on our 25th anniversary, we are ready to pick up another.
Today, the foremost imminent threat to Kentucky's environment is hydraulic fracking.
As regions and communities around our nation continue to push back against fracking, the threat of it draws closer and closer to the Bluegrass State. All over the country, people are acting too late - earthquakes, poisoned rivers, air pollution, and devastated communities are becoming the norm. We want to keep fracking out of Kentucky, and at KEF we have the resources to lead the charge on ending the threat of fracking in Kentucky.
With our collective experience, a deep understanding of local, state, and federal government and how to navigate it, good working relationships with our community leaders, and a broad knowledge of the history and science of fracking, we are ready to re-organize and refocus to stop fracking before it ever reaches our Kentucky communities.
Just like our defeat of the dangerous disposal of chemical weapons, stopping fracking needs the support of the whole community. We have the power to protect Kentucky's environment from fracking - we just need your support to stop fracking in its tracks and keep Kentucky frack free!
To continue our good work, we need the community's help, and support from our donors to raise
Today we're kicking off our Fall Fundraising Campaign - Show your commitment to a frack-free Kentucky with a monthly gift to the Kentucky Environmental Foundation.