Energize Appalachia with Clara Bingham

You are invited to join us on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. for Energize Appalachia, featuring award-winning journalist, author and long-time Appalachian Voices board member Clara Bingham, who will screen part of her 2011 film The Last Mountain, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Hosted by:
Gardy Bloemers
John Conover and Virginia Dougherty
Kay Ferguson
Ellen and Michael Geismar
Elvira and Joe Hoskins
Sigora Solar
Danny Van Clief
Ariana and Greyson Williams
Shannon Worrell

About Energize Appalachia

For more than a century, Appalachian coal built our infrastructure and universities, and powered our technological advancement. But it came at an enormous cost for mountain communities. Coal companies have blown up more than 500 of the oldest, most biologically rich mountains in the world and buried over 2,000 miles of streams under the resulting rubble. Appalachian communities located near mountaintop removal mines have double the cancer rates of nearby counties with no mining activity.

Now, with the Trump administration’s commitment to prop up the coal industry, West Virginia’s Coal River Mountain—known as the Last Mountain—is facing renewed threats from mountaintop removal mining.

Appalachian Voices’ effort to Energize Appalachia aims to put solar power on schools, low-income housing communities, hospitals, and old mountaintop removal mine sites in the heart of Southwest Virginia’s coal country. By creating a clean energy economy in the coalfields, we believe that we can shift the political landscape in its opposition to clean energy.

It is time for us to give back and, in doing so, win a better future for us all.

About Clara Bingham

Clara Bingham is a journalist, author and documentary film producer whose work has focused on social justice and women’s issues. Her most recent book, Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost its Mind and Found its Soul, was published in May of 2016. Before Witness, Bingham produced The Last Mountain to expose the ravages of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. Her film premiered at the Sundance Film festival in 2011 and won the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award. Bingham has published numerous other award-winning books and articles including, Class Action: The Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law, which she co-wrote with Laura Leedy Gansler, and was adapted into the 2005 film North Country starring Charlize Theron and Francis McDormand.