Will Be Shown at 6 pm, June 26 at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ

June 26 -- The Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Sierra Group and Brookdale Community College (BCC) will be showing the documentary “From the Ashes,” about the declining future of the coal industry and its impact on coal mining communities and the nation, at 6 pm Monday, June 26 at Brookdale Community College.

The Sierra presentation, part of a nationwide debut, interviews Americans across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the declining coal industry and its future. The presentation ranges from Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, and goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often-heartbreaking stories about what is at stake for our Appalachian citizens, as well as the nation’s economy, health and world-wide climate changes.

The presentation, part of BCC’s “Science Monday” environmental lectures hosted by BCC’s Environmental Club , is open to the general public, BCC students, the Monmouth Sierra members, and other environmental organizations.
A pizza and subs buffet begins at 6:00 pm in the Warner Student Life Center (SLC) Twin Lights Rooms I and II, and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Distributed under the National Geographic Documentary Films banner by the Sierra Club to its affiliate nationwide Chapters and Groups, “From the Ashes” is an important documentary that underscores one of the most dominant and controversial industries in the history of the United States,” said Courteney Monroe of National Geographic Films. “The film explores the reality of coal’s role in climate change, while offering insight into solutions that could help revive the struggling economies of dying mining towns and still safeguard the environment”

Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, which is a sponsor of the documentary, said “For over a century, mining and energy companies have been privatizing [keeping to themselves} coal’s profits while socializing costs [forcing its environmental costs] onto communities." Bloomberg also is co-author of the new book “Climate of Hope.” He said, “’From the Ashes’ shows the risks we face as a nation if we continue to rely on coal, and it examines how Americans in local communities -- including the coal country -- are helping to lead the transition toward cleaner air and stronger economies.” He noted that coal plant pollution kills 7,500 Americans a year and causes many more serious illnesses.

Showing “From the Ashes” is part of the Sierra Club’s aggressive “Beyond Coal” program, which aims to retire half the nation’s coal fleet and has already helped lead to the closure or phasing out of 250 coal-fired power plants. These shutdowns or conversions to less polluting fuels have helped to prevent more than 5,550 premature deaths per year.