Here are two of the Greenpeace semester students, Jen and Alex, practicing some role play for the volunteer day of action today. Chris and Jen are facilitating a great day of canvassing with families from the local community that want to get involved in the Quit Coal Campaign.
More info will be on its way as the day goes on and we spend some time with awesome North Carolinians!
Today we are going to the Marshall Coal Plant outside of Charlotte. This plant, owned by Duke Energy, has been polluting for 47 years and is one of the deadliest plants still being operated. It’s pollution causes over two thousand asthma attacks and 131 deaths a year.
Marshall also buys all its coal from mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. This not only wipes out the tops of ancient mountains, but it is poisoning the people living there.
This is a small stream at the bottom of the mountain we visited on Sunday. The stream is an indication of Acid Mine Drainage which occurs when iron pyrite runoff from the removal site mixes with water. This, combined with sulfur, makes the water acidic allowing it to dissolve dangerous heavy metals. The clear discoloring of this small river is a prime example of this.
MTR is contaminating our drinking water… what are you going to do about it?