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Let’s work together to build the skills, networks and campaigns needed to create a just and sustainable energy future in America’s Heartland! Register today to join us from May 17 to May 19 at Camp Ondessonk in the beautiful Shawnee Hills.
Mary Anne Hitt, director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign will deliver a keynote address Saturday night. Programming is free and will focus on: learning the basics; organizing successful campaigns; and understanding the technical and legal mechanisms communities can use to fight proposed coal mines and power plants. Our workshops will have something for everyone, whether you are new to the movement or a seasoned activist. Click to download a copy of the draft schedule.
There will be free time to explore the beauty of mid-May in southern Illinois, and we’ll enjoy Carter and Connolley, Illinois’ “Preeminent Folk Warriors”, who have a gift for conveying environmental messages through their songwriting and storytelling in the most entertaining and engaging way.Cost covers food and lodging, and ranges from $25 (tent camping) to $60 (hostel-style rooms in the lodge) for the entire weekend.
Coal mining in Illinois is on the rise, making it the fifth largest producer in the nation. Illinois’ abundant high-sulphur coal saw record demand oversees last year, according to according to a new report commissioned by the Illinois Office of Coal Development that was May 2, 2013.
The study, prepared by Energy Ventures Analysis Inc., found that 13 million tons of Illinois coal was exported in 2012 to be burned in18 or more countries. That’s a fivefold increase from the 2.5 million tons shipped out of the U.S. in 2010.
Coal mining pollutes our water, destroys our farmland and displaces once cohesive farming communities. And coal-fired power plants are one of the lead causes of climate change. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, world coal consumption, due in part to U.S. coal exports, will keep coal-fired plants as the lead source of CO2 emissions.
Please take a moment to remind Governor Quinn this increase in coal exports comes at a huge expense to Illinois communities and our climate. It’s time to move Illinois beyond coal.
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