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ABOUT ECO-JUSTICE COLLABORATIVE
Eco-Justice Collaborative (EJC) is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Our leadership in education, advocacy and collaboration has been instrumental in reducing power plant pollution, fighting subsidies to dirty coal, and creating public forums that explore pathways to a just and an environmentally-sustainable future.
REINVESTING IN THE HEARTLAND
Illinois is the only major coal-producing state with production on the rise. Yet out of 25 coal producing states, it is one of only three that does not have a coal severance tax. While total employment accounts for just 0.2% of Illinois jobs, the industry costs the state budget nearly $20 million each year in services, subsidies, grants and economic incentives.
It’s time for Illinois to collect a small fee from the multi-billion dollar coal industry and share it with coal-producing communities for economic development; environmental clean-up; job training; and health care. Given the social, economic and environmental costs of coal to Illinois residents, its time for coal to pay its fair share.
Coal Myth Busters Video - by Eco-Justice Collaborative
- The continued growth in the solar PV industry makes it critical to act to reduce the use of toxic chemicals, develop responsible recycling systems, and protect workers throughout global PV supply chains.
- A 5% coal severance tax in Illinois could have generated $141.5 million in annual revenue in 2015. The Community Futures Initiative wants to see the majority of those funds allocated to coal-producing communities.
- Taking all revenues into account alongside all costs to the state and taxpayers, the coal industry costs the Illinois budget $19.8 million each year.
- A new report estimates that an Illinois coal severance tax could generate revenues of $141.5 million in 2015 for state and local governments.
CELEBRATING COMMUNITY RESLIENCE
In each of these videos, speakers call us to recognize that we are capable of bouncing back from social, economic and environmental challenges facing us today, and move into meaningful actions to bring about essential change. Enjoy the common-sense solutions featured at the 2013 Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago Event, sponsored by Eco-Justice Collaborative.