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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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The latest updates

 

Midwest Generation Agrees to Shut Down Fisk and Crawford Coal Plants

Media release | February 29, 2012 at 9:52

Note: The Chicago Clean Power Coalition will hold a press conference in Dvorak Park at 11:00AM on Thursday to celebrate this historic win. Speakers from community, health, and environmental organizations will be available.

Greenpeace activists end 26 hour occupation of Fisk Power plant

Media release | May 25, 2011 at 11:39

CHICAGO — 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 day...

Greenpeace activists occupy 450 foot Fisk smokestack overnight

Media release | May 25, 2011 at 9:56

CHICAGO - Eight Greenpeace activists are beginning their day 450 feet above the ground on the smokestack at Fisk power plant in Chicago. Before dawn yesterday, the eight climbers scaled the stack, and later commenced painting a message to plant...

Greenpeace activists stop coal shipment at Pulaski Bridge in Chicago

Media release | May 24, 2011 at 18:29

CHICAGO— Today, eight Greenpeace activists stopped a coal barge in the river from the Pulaski Bridge. Rappelling off the bridge, they displayed a banner that said “We can stop coal” and “Nosotros podemos parar el carbόn.” Dangling above the...

Activistas de Greenpeace escalan una chimenea en la central térmica de carbón Fisk en...

Media release | May 24, 2011 at 12:53

CHICAGO - Esta madrugada, un equipo de ocho activistas de Greenpeace subieron una chimenea de 450 pies en la central térmica de carbón Fisk de Chicago para exigirle a Edison International que cierran las sucias y peligrosos centrales de carbón de...

Greenpeace activists climb deadly smokestack at Fisk coal plant in Chicago

Media release | May 24, 2011 at 9:14

CHICAGO — May 24, 2011 - Before dawn, eight Greenpeace activists climbed the 450 foot smokestack at the Fisk power plant in Chicago. From the stack, they demanded that the operators shut down the dirty, dangerous Fisk and Crawford coal plants.

Greenpeace activists climb coal elevator at Bridgeport Coal Plant

Media release | February 17, 2011 at 14:42

BRIDGEPORT, CT— This morning Greenpeace activists scaled the Bridgeport Harbor Generating Station coal elevator to demand the aging and dirty coal-fired power plant be shut down. A 40 ft x 20 ft banner reading “Shut it Down - Quit Coal,” is...

Harvard: Coal impacts cost public up to a half trillion dollars annually

Media release | February 16, 2011 at 11:49

In a groundbreaking article to be released this month in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Dr. Paul Epstein, associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, details the economic,...

Greenpeace launches one-month Coal Free Future ship tour on Eastern seaboard

Media release | January 21, 2011 at 16:16

Wilmington, NC – Greenpeace today launched a one-month ship tour to support East Coast communities fighting to protect against the impact of coal plants in their region. The Arctic Sunrise, a 50 meter ship, departs Monday, January 24th from...

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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.