VERO BEACH — Both aesthetic and health concerns about the new method of mining coal – mountain top removal – are explored in the documentary to be shown at 7 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 4, at the nondenominational, community-wide Social Justice Film Series. The series is in its fourth year, held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach. Admission is free, discussion always follows the film and the Fair Trade Corner will be open prior to and after the film.
This documentary addresses many difficult questions surrounding coal in West Virginia, where communities, many of them poor, are dependent on the coal companies for public funding, schools, and jobs. Faced with toxic ground water, the obliteration of 1.4 million acres of mountains, and a government that appeases industry, residents demonstrate a strength of purpose and character in their improbable fight to arouse the nation’s help in protecting their mountains, saving their families, and preserving their way of life. Meanwhile, the companies successfully navigate state and national politics while pitting environmental and labor groups against each other. Come learn about the fossil fuel that provides over half of America’s electricity.
For more information, phone 772-778-5880.