REINVESTING IN ILLINOIS

Reinvest in Illinois

EJC advocates a just transition from a coal economy for Illinois coalfield communities. But how can we provide both resources and political will?

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SOLVING THE CLIMATE CRISIS

Solving the Climate Crisis

Is  a 1.5°C alternative technologically feasible?  Yes. But strategies need to involve immediate action and an additional scaling-up of clean energy technologies.

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MOVING TO SUFFICIENCY

Resilience

EJC believes that we can make the deep changes required to address the most serious social, economic, and environmental challenges of modern history.

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CALL TO ACTION...

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PROTECT THE MIDDLE FORK

Urge Governor Bruce Rauner and IEPA Director Alec Messina to protect the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River from toxic coal ash pollution.,

The people of Vermilion County depend upon the state's only National Scenic River and adjacent open space corridor for recreation, food, and economic revitalization.

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Vonnegut’s Letter to the Future

After citing examples of how Nature works to keep the planet in balance, Vonnegut puts forth a series of simple steps we need to take to survive as a species. What he writes rings as true today as it did in 1988 ...
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Gabions and geotextile fabric installed to prevent erosion of the river banks and impoundment structures immediately adjacent to the river are failing, and toxic ash is leaching into the river. Photo by Pam Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative.  April  2106.

Dynegy awaits OK to stabilize river bank near coal ash ponds

Lan and Pam Richart, of Champaign-based Eco-Justice Collaborative, took this picture of bank erosion along the Middle Fork River. Up and over the eroding bank are ash ponds on Dynegy's former power plant site, which is upstream from Kickapoo State Park. The Richarts and other concerned citizens believe the coal ...
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Dynegy Vermilion Coal Ash Ponds

Groups Seek Stronger Safeguards

The Vermilion Middle Fork, one of the country's "National Scenic RIvers", is a swift-flowing river winding through lush forests, rolling prairie and craggy cliffs in central Illinois. But the river’s banks butt up against three massive pits filled with toxic coal ash produced over five decades by the Vermilion coal-fired ...
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Old King Coal – WBEZ 91.5 Chicago HEAT OF THE MOMENT

"This isn’t coal country. Not anymore. The coal still comes out of the ground, but without many workers." Coal mining is a changing industry, and more and more it's leaving its workers behind. This story illustrates that point, but also serves as a reminder that while the coal industry phases ...
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