FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Loyola Forum Explores the Dangerous Costs of Coal Power
Loyola University Chicago students concerned about global climate change and our nation’s continued reliance on fossil fuels as our primary energy source, invites the public as they host a forum focusing on the hidden social and environmental costs of coal power production. From the devastation of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia to the polluting effects of coal-fired power plants in the neighborhoods of Chicago, the forum will use music, video, and discussion to highlight the real cost of coal from its extraction to its combustion.
Featured speakers will include Lorelei Scarbro from the Coal River Mountain Watch in West Virginia, an organization at the center of the struggle to stop the practice of mountaintop removal mining. Chicago activists Sam Villasenor from the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and Dorian Breuer of Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization in Chicago will speak about their organizations’ efforts to clean-up or close the two coal-fired power plants within the city of Chicago.
Monday, September 28, 2009
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Quinlan Life Sciences Building, Room 142
Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660
Despite environmental regulations and improved technologies, the burning of coal continues to release fine particulates and harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. Communities near the sites of coal-fired power plants and other locations of industrial coal combustion have been shown to experience high levels of asthma, lung diseases, and other health and respiratory problems. In the end, the true cost of providing energy from coal is higher to society than its market price would indicate. This forum provides the perfect opportunity to engage the public and Loyola community in a dynamic dialogue that explores and informs audiences on what they can do to help solve such an issue.