Karen Edelstein – Mapping For the Movement

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.

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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.

Core Message:

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 halttheharm.net

The soundtrack Halt the Harm podcast is”One of These Days” by Eilen Jewell from her album Sea of Tears.

Recorded, produced, and published by Ryan Clover-Owens in the studios of Eco-Defense Radio and WRFI.

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