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April 11th, 2009 By | News | Posted In: Community, Social Justice, Public Policy, Environment

Blowing Up Coal Plants

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Ingenuity, creativity, the determination to succeed – this is the stuff of innovation that people brag about when advances in technology or positive change are highlighted. Finding a solution for an impossible situation ups the value of these bragging rights, but what drives it all is the unshakable motivation to get to a new solution.

Until the fearful and lazy mentality of that says ending our dependence on fossil fuels is possible, that creativity and ingenuity will fail to thrive. Students at Xavier University aren’t literally going to blow up any coal plants, but they want to bring attention to the need for an essential change in thinking about coal and the negative impact it has on the quality of life for all living beings.

"Walk Past Coal Towards a Sustainable Future" on April 20 is a protest walk that's designed to heighten awareness about this critical issue.

“Duke Energy is planning the construction of an 825-megawatt expansion at their coal burning Cliffside Power Plant in the Carolinas,” says a press release about the event. “There will be a protest at the Charlotte Headquarters of Duke Energy the same day. We walk and protest in solidarity with our neighbors to save our Appalachian Mountains from coal company mountain top removal practices, to save our waterways that are being destroyed by Mountain top removal and to save our planet from additional carbon emissions.”

Starting at 9 a.m. at the Bellarmine Chapel on the Xavier University campus (3800 Victory Parkway), walkers will hear from presenters about mountaintop removal and other issues related to destructive nature of burning coal. The walk to Fountain Square will conclude with more speakers around 1:30 p.m.

“Scientists have already determined our current carbon emissions are above the levels needed to sustain the earth,” the press release says.

And mountaintop removal is only adding to the overburdened environment (see "Leveling Appalachia," CityBeat issue of March 4).

To help move the country, corporations and individuals out of complacency and into creativity, learn more and join the "Walk Past Coal" event.

 
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