When Mary Anne Hitt joined the Sierra Club in 2008, more than half our nation's energy came from coal.
She knew coal's impact firsthand. Hitt came from Appalachian Voices, where she protected mountaintops from coal mining and protected people from coal plant pollution. When she left her directorship of Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign in April, less than 20% of U.S. power came from coal.
Meanwhile, Jan O'Connell continues to build off the Campaign's success as its key Michigan organizer. The myriad coal plants scheduled for shutdown throughout the state would not be on such a fast track otherwise.
The Beyond Coal Campaign is the nation's forefront fighter for a clean energy future. The air pollution they prevented saved thousands of peoples' lives, hundreds of thousands of others from illness and billions of dollars in healthcare bills.
Hitt, O'Connell and the Beyond Coal Campaign shrunk the U.S.'s contributions to climate change. That protected public health and the environment alike. But to entirely prevent death, illness and environmental devastation from coal, we must close and safely rehabilitate all coal mines, plants and storage sites.
Hitt, now senior director at Energy Innovation, and the Beyond Coal Campaign have a plan. So, too, does the Michigan Environmental Council.
Join Hitt, O'Connell, MEC energy policy specialist Abby Wallace and MEC President & CEO Conan Smith in our upcoming Capitol Connection webinar to learn what we as a nation and a state must do to end coal.
Generously sponsored by:
Steve and Judy Dobson
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