Journalist Richard Martin and Sierra Club’s Mary Anne Hitt present Coal Wars: The Future of Energy and the Fate of the Planet

May 19th combinedTuesday, May 19, 2015

TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A

PRICE: $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

Journalist Richard Martin and the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign Director Mary Anne Hitt will discuss how activists are fighting to move communities from coal to less polluting sources of energy. Martin’s new book Coal Wars—based on interviews with people from Wyoming to the Shanxi province who are involved in or affected by the effort to shrink the coal industry—chronicles the effort to wean ourselves from the largest source of carbon pollution. Environmentalists led by the Beyond Coal Campaign are scoring victories toward dramatically reducing U.S. coal use by the end of this decade. Since 2011, more than 180 coal plants have either closed or committed to closing.

The program will also include a screening by filmmaker Eve Morgenstern of her upcoming documentary about Cheshire, Ohio — a town that gained notoriety in 2002, when a coal utility decided to buy out its residents rather than clean up its pollution. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

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