Coal Free Culture in NYC

by chris eaton

February 11, 2011

One amazing thing about coming to New York City with the Arctic Sunrise’s Coal Free Future Tour was the chance to work with individuals doing creative things to shift our culture away from its blind dependence on dirty energy. The coal industry has spent millions on slick ad campaigns to corrupt our understanding of right and wrong; it’s time to shift that public dialogue.

While in town, Greenpeace hosted Flux Factory, a non-profit arts collective from Long Island City, who turned our helideck into Broketop Mountain Developments, a real-estate agency with questionable ties to the coal industry:

Flux Factory wasn’t the only group to use humor and entertainment to open folks eyes to the problems of the coal industry. The famed New York City performer and activist Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping gave a surprise sermon pitting life against coal:


Thumbnail image by VoteRevBilly on Flickr.

By chris eaton

chris is the Senior Digital Campaigns Manager at Greenpeace USA. He's passionate about building movements and connecting change makers through digital storytelling. Follow him on Twitter at @chr15_eat0n.

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