Grassroots Activists Demand Power Past Coal from Nations Top Leaders
On April 30th, the 100th day of the new presidency, six grassroots delegates from communities disadvantaged by coal mining, processing, and burning will meet with Representatives of Congress, the EPA, and CEQ. The events are part of an inaugural effort to generate a unified voice for the transition away from coal from a diverse coalition of citizens, including those advocating for climate policy, environmental justice and indigenous rights.
The delegates represent tens of thousands of citizens, who, since January 21st have organized over 300 actions in fifty states as part of a project called Power Past Coal. Among these actions was the March 2nd civil disobedience at the Capitol Coal plant- which has since begun to transition entirely off coal use.
Many citizens recognize the Administrations commitments to regulating carbon dioxide from coal plants and coal ash from slurry ponds, but they also know these measures are not enough.
This week's events culminate the 100 Days of Action by demanding a swift, just transition away from coal, beginning with a moratorium on new coal plants, an end to dangerous and destructive mining practices, and a reinvestment in the communities impacted by coal with green jobs and clean energy development.
Speaking on behalf of their communities are delegates from Indigenous communities of Michigan, Chicago's inner city, Wyoming's strip mining region, Navajo from Black Mesa, those fighting the construction of new plants in the Southeast, and those impacted by mountain top removal in Appalachia.
In addition to the meetings held Wednesday there will be a Congressional Briefing in the Rayburn House Office Building and a press event at the National Press Club Thursday April 30th.