Clean Coal Exacts Harsh Price

West Virginia Coal mine explosion leaves 6 dead and 21 missing.

Is it really worth it, the electricity flowing into our homes, the gas propelling our cars? Are our comforts worth the asthma, the cancers, the cave-ins and explosions? Not when there’s a better way. Renewable energies like wind, solar and hydro-electric seem expensive because there’s so much vested in the fossilized ways of doing things. If we placed the ingenuity, creativity and financing into sustainable development that is currently poured into systems which are degrading life, we would be well on our way to lifestyles of health and sustainability.

It’s time we wake up and take responsibility. Obviously, our representatives can’t do it alone. The Supreme Court has opened the way so that companies like Massey Energy Co. (which owns the mine that exploded today) can finance elections and influence politics like never before. It’s time for we the people to get active, get loud, get creative. The future of our world depends on it.

Our goal is to carry your voices to Cochabamba and return with action steps to improve our world, inspire creativity and shift our cultural paradigm. It’s time we be the change.

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