Ahead of its release on the National Geographic Channel on June 25, FROM THE ASHES, produced by Michael Bonfiglio of RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, will be screened at Parkway United Church of Christ on Thursday, June 15 at 6:30PM in Winston-Salem, NC. The film features residents and experts from communities impacted by coal power from North Carolina to Montana.
“The Dukeville community is part of this national story about the impacts of coal,” said Deborah Graham, Dukeville resident, “It was important that this film, which features Dukeville residents, was shown here in Salisbury.”
The film focuses on how changes in the coal industry impact local communities, from coal miners in Appalachia to families impacted by air pollution caused by coal power plants in Dallas and families around the Buck Steam Station in Dukeville, NC, who received letters from the state of North Carolina in April 2015 warning them not to drink their water. The statewide screening tour aims to educate citizens on these issues and provides opportunities for interested individuals to get involved in local organizing.
“Our country’s leaders owe it to these communities to support a transition to clean energy by making sure coal industry workers and their families continue to have financial stability, education and training opportunities, and that they receive the healthcare and pension benefits they’ve earned through their years of service,” said David Rogers, representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in North Carolina. “It’s also critical that funds be made available to clean up the dirty legacy of toxic sites that still remain and continue to pose significant environmental and public health threats.”
“We’re proud of the victory that the Dukeville community won,” said Will Scott, Yadkin Riverkeeper. “Duke has to clean up million tons of ash and run a waterline to their community. It’s a testament to what a small community can do, even against the country’s largest utility, to defend their right to clean water.”