Dirty Energy Road Show

Published Robbie - Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:03pm

The Dirty Energy Road Show is an educational presentation examining the parallels of coal and nuclear issues and connecting them to other form of dirty energy and climate change. It also looks at work being done to transition us away from these dirty industries and towards a more sustainable and healthier future.

Eric Blevins is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where he worked with Students for Environmental Action to make that campus one of the largest purchasers of green power in the state. He is also a founding member of the Tennessee Alumni and Students for Sustainable Campuses. He has been presenting the Mountaintop Removal Road Show at college campuses and other venues since 2006 to educate folks about the destruction of mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining and the work being done to abolish it. He has presented at dozens of campuses in over a dozen states. He has more recently become aware of the dangers of nuclear energy, and has started to include some information about it in his presentations. He is currently working on putting together a presentation linking the environmental and social problems of MTR and nuclear power. 
Johanna Anderson has been organizing around environmental and social justice issues since 2005 in Kalamazoo, Michigan and Asheville, North Carolina, working with both college and community groups. A graduate of Warren Wilson College, for her senior project she worked with North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light to develop and implement a program for faith communities to address the causes and consequences of climate change. She has helped put together a myriad of educational events, organized actions against the Cliffside coal plant in North Carolina, against MTR in Asheville, and at the EPA in Atlanta, as well as starting Kalamazoo Rising Tide in 2010. The Fukushima Daiichi disaster awoke Johanna to the innumerable and ubiquitous threats of all things nuclear, and to the fact that very few people are aware of nuclear issues with far less taking action on them. Johanna has been educating herself and others ever since and is working to put nuclear issues on the agenda of every campaign against dirty energy, as well as to grow the number of those campaigns. 
The purpose of this presentation is to educate communities and raise awareness about MTR, nukes and other forms of dirty energy, and their risks and consequences for surrounding communities and the world. We will focus primarily on the parallels between the nuclear fuel chain and the death cycle of coal. Some of the issues we will cover are dangers around the extraction process, the processing of fuel, using the fuel at power plants, climate change and severe storms, waste storage and impoundment failures, and radiation. We will also share stories of grassroots efforts to protect and safeguard communities, as well as information about current organizing initiatives and ways to get involved.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 6:30pm
Free, donations appreciated