Int’l Speakers Opposed to Coal Energy to Speak at UW Friday, March 7th, 6:00-7:30 pm

In the first week of March 2014, Greenpeace, Seattle Rising Tide and The Backbone Campaign are organizing a Presentation featuring one of Asia’s foremost experts on the impacts and economics of fossil fuel development in Asia. Our purpose is to bring together community organizations who are working on air toxics and environmental health with anti-coal advocates from the US, China, and India.When: Friday, March 7th 2014 6pm-7:30 pm

Where: University of Washington, Miller Hall 301

Sponsors: Rising Tide Seattle and Confronting Climate Change UW

The US anti-coal movement has succeeded in vastly decreasing the amount of coal consumed in the US. However, the rise of US coal exports proposals, and the continuation of devastating mining in places like Appalachia and the Powder River Basin, demonstrate the need for a united movement capable of stopping the coal industry globally. To build a stronger global anti-coal movement, anti-coal advocates around the world need to mutually understand what it means to fight coal in disparate places like China, India, Appalachia, the Powder River Basin, Alaska, The Pacific Northwest, and elsewhere

Locally, we know that coal exports can only be stopped once and for all if we build a stronger and more diverse multi-sector, multi-racial, and inclusive movement. By more broadly understanding the scope of destruction that the coal industry is responsible for, as well as the legal, political, and economic factors that support coal’s continued dominance in much of the world, we will strengthen our campaign tactics and messaging to ensure that our movement reaches across borders to wherever coal is mined, transported, and burned.

Speakers:

INDIA: Ashish Fernandes, Fossil Fuel Economist and Campaigner, Greenpeace.

Ashish Fernandes has over a decade of experience working as an environmental campaigner. Since 2010, he has been focusing on the financial, social and environmental risks that the coal sector poses to investors, financial institutions, communities and ecosystems. His emphasis includes a number of issues at the intersection of corporate accountability and the environment.

POWDER RIVER BASIN: Krystal Two Bulls, Program Coordinator at Strengthening the Circle

Krystal Two Bulls is an Oglala Lakota from the Powder River Basin where the proposed coal terminals would be sourcing coal. She graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Social Work and works at Hopa Mountain supporting Native-led non-profit organizations.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST: Joelle Robinson, Field Director at Climate Solutions

Joëlle engages citizens and diverse constituencies—faith, health, veteran, youth, parents, sportsmen, business—to make their voices heard for climate solutions. She led local field work collaboration with our partners toward passing a federal climate bill, and is currently working to ensure we stop any coal export from the U.S. West Coast.

CHINA Via Kim Marks: Kim brings an update from our Allies in China on the impacts of the coal industry there. And how it relates to us here.

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