Halt the Harm Podcast
About This Show
This movement is created by leaders who are inspired to take action. While we are all connecting by our shared goals to fight fracking’s harms, each and every leader brings a different perspective to this fight. And each perspective has a unique story behind it – a story to tell and to inspire.
We’ve teamed up with producer Ryan Clover from Eco-Defense Radio to interview leaders in the Halt the Harm Network about everyday life, and what inspires them to action, day in, day out.
Most Recent Episode
09 - Karen Edelstein, Mapping the Movement
Nov 30 16
In this episode Karen Edelstein helps us understand how maps are used as a powerful tool in protecting our communities.
Maps gives us a big picture view of the land, industrial activity, and even the various people and organizations working to protect the environment. By comparing maps and data we can discover new trends, even possibilities for our work.
As mentioned in this episode:
FracTracker's Resource Page
Map of New York State bans and moratoria on high volume hydraulic fracturing
HHN Episode 04 - Mike Younger, Backwoods Pipeline Surveys
Karen Edelstein is the Eastern Program Coordinator for the FracTracker Alliance, a nonprofit organization that uses maps and other interactive media to communicate the risks of oil and gas development. As an environmental cartographer, she has worked for many conservation and government agencies over the past two decades.
She started working with Fractracker in 2010 before fracking was a common part of the public vocabulary. Throughout this time she's created dozens of maps that document environmental resources and industry behavior – maps on geology, water withdrawal, waste transportation, and even the movements of public opposition to fracking. These maps give us the ability to see the bigger picture of how the oil and gas industry operates, as well as our own efforts to organize to protect our health and environment.
Maps are powerful tools for organizing activism, and FracTracker is there to help groups mobilizing against oil and gas development, and FOR renewables.
This podcast is a project of halttheharm.net, a powerful resource for anyone confronting the fracking industry. Halt the Harm is a network of leaders who are taking action, sharing resources and information, and supporting each other’s campaigns. Find out more at