SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AND THE IMPACTS OF COAL
Weekend Delegation: April 10, 11 and 12, 2015
Interested in learning first-hand about the impacts of mining and the true cost of coal to Illinois?
Join EJC as we partner with Shawnee Hills and Hollers and the Shawnee Vineyard Indian Settlement and head to southern Illinois this April for a guided tour of some of the southern Illinois’ coalfields. Participants will experience both the beauty and magnificence of Illinois’ natural wonders (such as Garden of the Gods and High Knob) while learning about the impacts that the entire coal life cycle has on the lands, waters, health, and quality of life of southern Illinois communities.
Plan to meet with some of the residents directly affected by Peabody Energy, the largest private-sector coal company in the world. They will share stories about strategies adopted by Peabody to secure rights to mine in this rural community; their courageous resistance; and how their lives have been affected by blasting, dust; coal truck traffic; road vacation; living next to coal slurry ponds; community displacement; and more.
As an added bonus, we’ll gather with activist and poet Barney Bush and friends at the Shawnee Vinyard Settlement, as they celebrate their Spring Onion Festival.
The cost will include travel, lodging and meals. We’re working out the details to make this trip as cost-effective as possible.
Contact us if you are interested, and continue to watch this website as details for this delegation continue to evolve!