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New Meetup: Movie Screening- Coal Country this Friday January 8!

From: Cathy
Sent on: Thursday, January 7, 2010 4:25 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Metro NYC Environmental Meetup!

What: Movie Screening: Coal Country

When: January 8,[masked]:00 PM

John Haynes Holmes Community House
28 East 35th Street
New York, NY 10016

Please join Dan Miner and Sierra Club NYC Meetup Groupfor a screening of:
Coal Country, Friday, January 8, 2010, 7 PM
The Gallery, John Haynes Holmes House, The Community Church

28 East 35th Street, Manhattan
suggested donation $5

Coal Country is a dramatic look at modern coal mining. We get to know working miners along with activists who are battling coal companies in Appalachia. We hear from miners and coal company officials, who are concerned about jobs and the economy and believe they are acting responsibly in bringing power to the American people. Both sides in this conflict claim that history is on their side. Families have lived in the region for generations, and most have ancestors who worked in the mines. Everyone shares a deep love for the land, but MTR (Mountain Top Removal mining which has leveled over 500 Appalachian mountains) is tearing them apart. We need to understand the meaning behind promises of ?cheap energy? and ?clean coal.? Are they achievable? At what cost? Are there alternatives to our energy future?

?Mountaintop removal is the most devastating peacetime activity in human history ? in fact, if the destruction to our nation?s natural and cultural heritage were being perpetrated by a foreign power, it would be considered an act of war ? because in a very real sense, it is ? it is a war against the Earth. Every week, mountaintop removal coal-mining detonates more explosive force on the land and the communities of Appalachia than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, to extract the coal that is warming the planet and poisoning the water, air and land.? ? Woody Harrelson

(85 minutes)

Sponsored by:

Neighborhood Energy Network & Tristate Food Not Lawns
Sierra Club NYC
The Green Sanctuary Committee, The Community Church of New York, Unitarian Universalist
?Resistance Cinema?/Action for Justice Committee

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