Students are taking action against dirty coal and I am STOKED!
I just hopped off the phone with student leader Ruby Roknic at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. At Power Shift, Ruby and SIUC students learned about the impacts of dirty coal. Upon returning to Carbondale, Ruby visited the coal fields destroying southern Illinois.
Coal is a big player in Southern Illinois. In fact, SIUC has a dirty coal plant on campus, burning nearly 50,000 tons of coal each year. The campus also has a coal research center.
Rather than let Big Coal dominate their future on and off campus, SIUC students took action this week.
Yesterday, 15 students with the SIUC Environmental Coalition took a stand against dirty coal, dropping dead in the middle of campus. The local paper and campus paper quickly covered the event.
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