Sierra Club’s Mary Anne Hitt: Why Moving Beyond Coal is a Matter of Life & Death

This Thursday, Aug 24 at E Street Cinema, EFF will be screening the gripping new documentary From the Ashes about America’s “war on coal.” Here’s your chance to bone up on the issues, before the event.


Signature Screening Alert!

This Thursday night EFF 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

Eventbrite - Environmental Film Festival: FROM THE ASHES


After the screening, we’ll be hosting a discussion with producer Sidney Beaumont and Mary Anne Hitt (Sierra Club), moderated by Steven Mufson (Washington Post).

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


READ MORE via Sierra Club


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On Coal River

Burning the Future: Coal in America

Carbon Rush