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Burning the Future: Coal in America

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A Film David Novack

89 + 56 Minutes

Gr. 6-Adult
Item #:BUR-974

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K-12 Schools, Public Libraries, Community Groups - $79
K-12 DVD + Digital File - $129
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Featuring both coal and mining advocates as well as opponents, this is the preeminent film on the coal controversy.

Every eleven and one-half days, the explosive equivalent of the Hiroshima atomic bomb is unleashed upon the mountains of southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky - for coal.

Burning the Future: Coal in America challenges the concept of “clean coal”, documenting the devastating ecological, social and health impact of coal mining and mountain-top removal. The film follows the explosive forces that have set in motion a groundswell of conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia, where over 1.4 million acres of mountains have been destroyed and groundwater polluted.

Confronted by a US energy policy that favors coal without sufficient regard for the negative impact its extraction causes, local activists organize to arouse the nation and help protect their health, their communities and their way of life.

The DVD package includes considerable supplemental material: short films, printed information, web resources and discussion questions, perfect for courses on energy, the environment, social movements and related issues.


Short films on:

  • Coal and Energy - Overview of the role coal plays in the US economy and a snapshot of the coal and utilities industry influence on public policy.
  • Coal and Climate Change -  Documents how coal is the number one contributor of greenhouse gases.
  • Pollution and Public Health - Illustrates how coal-fired power contributes to toxic water, air pollution and mercury poisoning.
  • Democracy and Action - Documents how grassroots social movements are the primary force for change in America.

Also included:

Coal Impact Guide - written information about coal's effects on health, the environment, global warming, and how people can make a difference in their daily lives.

Preview link available upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information
Burning the Future: Coal in America
Burning the Future: Coal in America

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