Signature Screening Alert!
This Thursday night DCEFF will be screening the gripping new documentary From the Ashes, fresh off the heels of its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival!
Directed by Michael Bonfiglio, the film captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be.
Taking you from Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, From the Ashes goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate.
August 24, 7PM – E Street Cinema
* Tickets: $10
But you still have plenty of time to bone up on the issues, before the screening.
Start with this excerpt below, in which Hitt, director of the Beyond Coal campaign, defends clean water protections against coal plant pollution and explains the urgency of the situation:
According to the EPA, coal-fired power plants are the single biggest source of toxic water pollution in this country, more than all other industrial sources combined. Every year they release millions of pounds of toxic metals like arsenic, lead, and mercury into our streams, rivers, and lakes. This poses a real and present danger to millions of Americans, because these toxins are linked to health problems ranging from cancer to birth defects, and nearly 40 percent of all coal plants dump their toxic wastewater within five miles of a downstream community’s drinking water intake.
— Mary Anne Hitt, Director, Beyond Coal
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