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The Coal Free Future Tour

We're on a one-month tour to support East Coast communities fighting coal plants in their region. America's oldest and dirtiest coal-burning power plants are destroying communities, poisoning our air and water, making our families sick and driving global warming. It's time to shut them down.

The tour began in Wilmington, NC, and plans to stop in Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; Boston MA, with a few more potential stops along the way.  The tour is bringing together communities and energizing and supporting local campaigns.  A variety of activities are planned at each stop, including free open boat tours, non-violent protest trainings, codmmunity meetings, and candlelight vigils.

Pollution from coal-fired power plants is responsible for 13,200 deaths, 20,000 heart attacks, 217,600 asthma attacks, and 1,627,800 lost work days a year. And coal-fired power plants are the largest single source of global warming pollution in the US.

The Coal Free Future ship tour is just the beginning—all around the country, people are organizing, protesting and speaking out against coal, and now Greenpeace is prepared to join that movement, and take on the coal industry in the greatest struggle of our time. View a detailed schedule for the tour.

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Faces of Chicago's coal fight

Blog by Edyta Sitko | August 5, 2011

This is a guest blog by Luis Arriaga, a Greenpeace volunteer leader in Chicago. Growing up next to a state park was a blessing. I got to experience nature first hand, but there is something off about Silver Springs State Park. ...

Chicago's City Council Steps up to Fight Coal Pollution

Blog by Kelly Mitchell | July 28, 2011 1 comment

This morning, one hundred people gathered at Chicago’s City Hall to announce the reintroduction of the Clean Power Ordinance. This precedent-setting city law would require Edison International’s Fisk and Crawford coal plants to...

New Video - I Can't Sit By: Stopping Coal in Chicago

Blog by Kelly Mitchell | June 15, 2011

On May 24th eight activists scaled and occupied the 450 foot Fisk coal plant in Chicago and painted "Quit Coal" on the smokestack. That same day, a separate team of activists blocked a coal barge headed for Chicago's Crawford coal...

Photo of the Month - May - Quit Coal

Blog by bmeyers | June 2, 2011 3 comments

The Photo of the Month for May is a simple cityscape. Like looking in the mirror to find something new on your face, the smokestack of the Fisk Midwest Generating Plant has a simple, urgent command to Chicago. "Quit Coal."  ...

Former Edison International CEO nominated for Secretary of Commerce

Blog by Kelly Mitchell | May 31, 2011 1 comment

A week ago, eight Greenpeace activists scaled a 450-foot smokestack at the Fisk coal plant in Chicago and painted QUIT COAL on the side. That same day, a different team of activists rappelled off a bridge and blocked a shipment of...

How to Quit Coal in 30 Seconds (VIDEO)

Blog by Kelly Mitchell | May 26, 2011 2 comments

UPDATE: Yesterday eight peaceful protesters on Chicago’s Fisk Coal Plant painted the message “ Quit Coal ” on the 450-foot smokestack looming over the city’s Southside Pilsen neighborhood. The protesters are scheduled to appear in...

Locals Support Greenpeace Fisk "Quit Coal" Action (VIDEO)

Blog by Michelle Frey | May 25, 2011 1 comment

Thank you to Treehugger for releasing this great video about coal pollution in Chicago. Two of the nation's oldest coal plants still operate within Chicago city limits. Combined, those plants kill over 40 people a year and have...

Greenpeace activists end 26 hour occupation of Fisk Power plant

Blog by Kelly Mitchell | May 25, 2011 3 comments

Yesterday, eight Greenpeace activists climbed the 450 foot smokestack at the Fisk power plant in Chicago. From the stack, they demanded the owners shut down the dirty, dangerous Fisk and Crawford coal plants, and throughout the...

Finishing the message in the clouds

Blog by Michelle Frey | May 25, 2011 1 comment

A team of Greenpeace activists hanging from an elevated platform begin a second day painting a message on the smokestack of the Fisk coal-fired power plant in Chicago, Illinois. The activists were getting their "Quit Coal" message...

People support the Greenpeace coal activists and Chicago communities

Blog by Michelle Frey | May 25, 2011

As the Greenpeace coal activists awake ontop of the 450-foot smokestack this morning, they'll be happy to hear about the overwhelming public support they're getting. People from all over the country are supporting an end to dirty...

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Planned Tour Stops and Schedule:

Dates Location Events

Jan 21st

Wilmington, NC

8pm - Concert fundraiser to stop the 4th largest cement plant in the nation—Titan Cement Plant!

Jan 22nd

Wilmington, NC

10am–4pm - Free Boat Tours of the Arctic Sunrise,

10am–3pm - Free, non-violent direct action training

4pm–5pm - Candlelight vigil at the L.V. Sutton Coal Power Plant

Jan 23rd

Wilmington, NC

10am–4pm - Free Boat Tours of the Arctic Sunrise

Jan 28th

Philadelphia, PA

10am-4pm - Free Boat Tours of the Arctic Sunrise, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Jan 29th

Philadelphia, PA

2pm - March and Rally to Independence Hall-

10am-3pm - Free Boat Tours of the Arctic Sunrise,

Jan 30th

Philadelphia, PA

10am-4pm - Free Boat Tours of the Arctic Sunrise

Jan 31th and Feb 1st

Philadelphia, PA

12pm-6pm - Free Boat Tours of the Arctic Sunrise,

Feb 5th, 6th

New York City, NY

10am-4pm -

Free Boat Tours of the Arctic Sunrise, Chelsea Piers, Pier 59, (11th Ave and W 17th St.)
New York, NY

Flux Factory, an arts collective based in Long Island City, presents "BrokeTop Mountain Developments." Combining real estate jargon with tongue-in-cheek presentation, the installation will draw attention to pressing environmental issues.

Feb 7th

New York City, NY

12pm-6pm - Free Boat Tours of the Arctic Sunrise, Chelsea Piers, Pier 59, (11th Ave and W 17th St.)
New York, NY

Flux Factory Art Installation

Feb 10th, 11th

New York City, NY

12pm-6pm - Free Boat Tours of the Arctic Sunrise, Chelsea Piers, Pier 59, (11th Ave and W 17th St.)
New York, NY.

Feb 16th

Boston, MA

 

12pm-6pm - Free Open Boat of the Arctic Sunrise - Rowes Wharf at Boston Harbor (off Atlantic Ave. just South of the Aquarium T stop).

 


Feb 18th

Boston, MA

12pm - Rally at the State House - Across from Boston Common (Beakon Street at Park Street) - Join us as we march to the State House to deliver the message to Gov. Patrick that we while appreciate his work on clean energy, we challenge the governor to be an even stronger leader by shutting down the Salem Harbor coal plant by 2012.

Feb 19th-21st

Boston, MA

10am-4pm - Free Open Boat of the Arctic Sunrise - Rowes Wharf at Boston Harbor (off Atlantic Ave. just South of the Aquarium T stop).

The MY Arctic Sunrise

The MY Arctic Sunrise

For the Coal Free Future Tour, Greenpeace will be sailing up the East Coast of the United States on the MY Arctic Sunrise. This 50 meter icebreaker has been defending the planet from the Arctic to the Antarctic since 1996. You can learn more about the ship here.

 

The Coal Free Future Project

Greenpeace's Coal Free Future Tour is not associated with Jeff Bigger's, Ben Evan's and Christa Faulkner's wonderful Coal Free Future Project. Their website describes the project:

"Incorporated as a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization, the Coal Free Future Project is a unique collaboration of award-winning American artists—writers, actors/theatre director, filmmakers and musicians—who have come together to combine their long-time experiences in the clean energy, anti-coal and climate justice movements to create performances and workshops that inform and inspire action around a simple but basic truth in our lives: It’s time to envision a coal free future and work toward clean energy independence."

The Coal Free Future Project website is well worth checking out.