1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:08,910 2 00:00:08,910 --> 00:02:49,544 [MUSIC - KRI & HETTIE, "SILVER LINING"] 3 00:02:49,544 --> 00:02:59,342 [APPLAUSE] 4 00:02:59,342 --> 00:07:07,586 [MUSIC - KRI & HETTIE] 5 00:07:07,586 --> 00:07:17,360 [APPLAUSE] 6 00:07:17,360 --> 00:07:29,735 [MUSIC PLAYING] 7 00:07:29,735 --> 00:08:16,800 [MUSIC - KRI & HETTIE, "DOWN TO THE RIVER TO PRAY"] 8 00:08:16,800 --> 00:08:19,315 DAWN COOLEY: Welcome, everyone, to the Energy for 9 00:08:19,315 --> 00:08:24,300 Change Interfaith Action for Clean Energy and for Healthy 10 00:08:24,300 --> 00:08:27,970 Communities. 11 00:08:27,970 --> 00:08:31,010 It's so good to see so many of you here. 12 00:08:31,010 --> 00:08:32,669 My name is Dawn Cooley. 13 00:08:32,669 --> 00:08:34,980 And I'm the minister of First Unitarian 14 00:08:34,980 --> 00:08:36,760 Church just up the street. 15 00:08:36,760 --> 00:08:39,700 And I am so excited and thankful to 16 00:08:39,700 --> 00:08:43,100 see so many of you. 17 00:08:43,100 --> 00:08:45,100 Excellent. 18 00:08:45,100 --> 00:08:49,110 Thank you Kri N Hettie for that inspired and inspiring 19 00:08:49,110 --> 00:08:50,360 gift of music. 20 00:08:50,360 --> 00:08:54,530 Your message of empowerment is exactly what we need today as 21 00:08:54,530 --> 00:09:00,850 we rally for change. 22 00:09:00,850 --> 00:09:05,380 We do come down to the river today knowing that it is time 23 00:09:05,380 --> 00:09:08,630 for us to build a new way. 24 00:09:08,630 --> 00:09:12,480 Time to strengthen our demand for clean energy. 25 00:09:12,480 --> 00:09:15,610 Energy that doesn't harm our communities through it's 26 00:09:15,610 --> 00:09:19,010 mining, through its transportation, through it's 27 00:09:19,010 --> 00:09:21,710 burning, or through its waste. 28 00:09:21,710 --> 00:09:25,620 It is time to demand a just transition for communities 29 00:09:25,620 --> 00:09:29,420 affected by the extraction industry. 30 00:09:29,420 --> 00:09:33,190 We are here at the banks of the Ohio River where the 31 00:09:33,190 --> 00:09:37,310 barges regularly transport coal from where it has been 32 00:09:37,310 --> 00:09:40,550 mined to where it will be burned. 33 00:09:40,550 --> 00:09:43,880 We are here in the shadow of the Gallagher Coal Burning 34 00:09:43,880 --> 00:09:46,380 Power Plant, one of the dirtiest 35 00:09:46,380 --> 00:09:48,800 plants in the country. 36 00:09:48,800 --> 00:09:53,670 We stand at this historical moment with one of the largest 37 00:09:53,670 --> 00:09:56,420 gatherings of folks in Kentucky. 38 00:09:56,420 --> 00:10:00,120 People from communities around to the state and Unitarian 39 00:10:00,120 --> 00:10:07,290 Universalists from around the country. 40 00:10:07,290 --> 00:10:10,790 People who are concerned about the faith of our planet and 41 00:10:10,790 --> 00:10:15,050 its people, knowing that how we get and use our energy is 42 00:10:15,050 --> 00:10:17,800 not just a Kentucky issue. 43 00:10:17,800 --> 00:10:21,270 It is a national, international, and indeed, it 44 00:10:21,270 --> 00:10:26,640 is a global issue. 45 00:10:26,640 --> 00:10:30,730 We would not be here today without the help of many local 46 00:10:30,730 --> 00:10:33,930 and regional organizations who have partnered and 47 00:10:33,930 --> 00:10:38,740 participated in this endeavor, including more than 30 faith 48 00:10:38,740 --> 00:10:44,820 communities and a dozen environmental organizations. 49 00:10:44,820 --> 00:10:49,630 This is what partnering is all about. 50 00:10:49,630 --> 00:10:52,930 While we regrettably cannot acknowledge and name every 51 00:10:52,930 --> 00:10:56,680 single one of them, we do have to particularly express our 52 00:10:56,680 --> 00:10:59,970 appreciation for the contributions of Kentucky 53 00:10:59,970 --> 00:11:05,310 Interfaith Power and Light. 54 00:11:05,310 --> 00:11:10,160 Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. 55 00:11:10,160 --> 00:11:14,280 The Kentucky Council of Churches. 56 00:11:14,280 --> 00:11:17,970 The Fellowship of Reconciliation. 57 00:11:17,970 --> 00:11:21,510 350 Louisville. 58 00:11:21,510 --> 00:11:24,010 The Sierra Club. 59 00:11:24,010 --> 00:11:27,800 And Cultivating Connections. 60 00:11:27,800 --> 00:11:30,950 I now invite the Reverend Peter Morales, President of 61 00:11:30,950 --> 00:11:34,580 the Unitarian Universalist Association, to come forward 62 00:11:34,580 --> 00:11:38,500 and remind us of why it is so important that we do this 63 00:11:38,500 --> 00:11:43,340 urgent work together. 64 00:11:43,340 --> 00:11:50,910 PETER MORALES: Thank you, Dawn. 65 00:11:50,910 --> 00:11:52,690 What a bunch of troublemakers. 66 00:11:52,690 --> 00:11:58,220 You're beautiful. 67 00:11:58,220 --> 00:12:02,580 This General Assembly, we're talking and focusing so much 68 00:12:02,580 --> 00:12:03,730 about covenant. 69 00:12:03,730 --> 00:12:08,350 And covenant being a committed relationship, but that 70 00:12:08,350 --> 00:12:11,780 covenant, as we know, has to go beyond our congregations, 71 00:12:11,780 --> 00:12:17,050 has to go beyond Unitarian Universalism, has to go beyond 72 00:12:17,050 --> 00:12:21,860 even those who are alive today. 73 00:12:21,860 --> 00:12:24,230 We have to be in a committed relationship 74 00:12:24,230 --> 00:12:25,740 with those not born. 75 00:12:25,740 --> 00:12:29,180 And of those who are here today, of those who are not, 76 00:12:29,180 --> 00:12:32,390 who are among the most marginalized people because 77 00:12:32,390 --> 00:12:36,400 they are the first victims of economic and environmental 78 00:12:36,400 --> 00:12:45,070 degradation. 79 00:12:45,070 --> 00:12:49,920 As Wendell Berry so eloquently just reminded us, this is a 80 00:12:49,920 --> 00:12:52,620 matter of choice for us. 81 00:12:52,620 --> 00:12:56,400 We talk about standing on the side of love, but we can 82 00:12:56,400 --> 00:13:00,500 choose another way. 83 00:13:00,500 --> 00:13:02,670 We can change our personal habits. 84 00:13:02,670 --> 00:13:04,080 We can change our culture. 85 00:13:04,080 --> 00:13:06,100 We can change our political system. 86 00:13:06,100 --> 00:13:08,240 We can change our economy. 87 00:13:08,240 --> 00:13:14,120 We need not live in a way that degrades the planet and that 88 00:13:14,120 --> 00:13:23,920 puts people at odds with one another. 89 00:13:23,920 --> 00:13:28,370 And we will do this together. 90 00:13:28,370 --> 00:13:31,810 With faith partners, with people in all kinds of 91 00:13:31,810 --> 00:13:36,600 organizations who share our commitment to creating a new 92 00:13:36,600 --> 00:13:39,750 way of life for all of humanity and 93 00:13:39,750 --> 00:13:47,920 for all of the earth. 94 00:13:47,920 --> 00:13:50,820 Now-- 95 00:13:50,820 --> 00:13:50,930 that's you. 96 00:13:50,930 --> 00:13:53,560 Stuff's blowing around up here. 97 00:13:53,560 --> 00:13:55,700 DAWN COOLEY: Thank you, Peter. 98 00:13:55,700 --> 00:13:58,730 Thank you so much. 99 00:13:58,730 --> 00:14:02,560 Joining with us today, we have a diverse group of secular and 100 00:14:02,560 --> 00:14:06,540 faith leaders gathered for this pivotal moment, including 101 00:14:06,540 --> 00:14:11,960 representatives from Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, the Native 102 00:14:11,960 --> 00:14:16,330 American community, Presbyterian Church USA, 103 00:14:16,330 --> 00:14:20,360 United Church of Christ, and the Hindu community. 104 00:14:20,360 --> 00:14:21,860 That's right. 105 00:14:21,860 --> 00:14:24,910 It's awesome. 106 00:14:24,910 --> 00:14:28,010 I invite our leaders and Reverend Morales to lead us in 107 00:14:28,010 --> 00:14:31,910 the Standing on the Side of Love, We Are One litany, 108 00:14:31,910 --> 00:14:36,260 written by the Reverend Fred Small, who is behind me. 109 00:14:36,260 --> 00:14:39,490 As we are reading the litany, I invite all of us who are 110 00:14:39,490 --> 00:14:42,680 gathered here together to respond to each speaker 111 00:14:42,680 --> 00:14:45,200 section with, we are one. 112 00:14:45,200 --> 00:14:47,220 Let us practice it one time. 113 00:14:47,220 --> 00:14:49,345 ALL: We are one. 114 00:14:49,345 --> 00:14:54,330 DAWN COOLEY: Excellent. 115 00:14:54,330 --> 00:14:55,750 PETER MORALES: We are one. 116 00:14:55,750 --> 00:14:57,300 One people. 117 00:14:57,300 --> 00:14:58,950 One community. 118 00:14:58,950 --> 00:15:00,500 One Earth. 119 00:15:00,500 --> 00:15:02,390 One spirit. 120 00:15:02,390 --> 00:15:04,865 AUDIENCE: We are one. 121 00:15:04,865 --> 00:15:08,620 SPEAKER 1: Oak Hill families flooded out of their homes by 122 00:15:08,620 --> 00:15:09,930 mountaintop removal. 123 00:15:09,930 --> 00:15:13,830 The baby with asthma who lives in the shadow of a coal-fired 124 00:15:13,830 --> 00:15:15,330 power plant. 125 00:15:15,330 --> 00:15:17,735 The minor with black lung. 126 00:15:17,735 --> 00:15:20,110 ALL: We are one. 127 00:15:20,110 --> 00:15:22,060 SPEAKER 1: The family whose drinking water 128 00:15:22,060 --> 00:15:24,460 is poisoned by fracking. 129 00:15:24,460 --> 00:15:26,950 The sick mother in Cancer Alley. 130 00:15:26,950 --> 00:15:29,790 The grandfather dead of heat stroke in 131 00:15:29,790 --> 00:15:31,950 another record heat wave. 132 00:15:31,950 --> 00:15:37,153 ALL: We are one. 133 00:15:37,153 --> 00:15:40,370 SPEAKER 2: The Katrina victims of Louisiana. 134 00:15:40,370 --> 00:15:42,190 The Sandy victim in New Jersey. 135 00:15:42,190 --> 00:15:45,800 And the refugees displaced by the flood waters in 136 00:15:45,800 --> 00:15:46,700 Bangladesh. 137 00:15:46,700 --> 00:15:47,945 We are one. 138 00:15:47,945 --> 00:15:50,212 ALL: We are one. 139 00:15:50,212 --> 00:15:53,490 SPEAKER 2: The hunter whose family goes hungry because 140 00:15:53,490 --> 00:15:55,330 game has disappeared. 141 00:15:55,330 --> 00:15:57,510 The worker who can't get the job because 142 00:15:57,510 --> 00:15:59,320 his service was cut. 143 00:15:59,320 --> 00:16:02,040 And the retiree who can't pay the heating bill. 144 00:16:02,040 --> 00:16:03,941 We are one. 145 00:16:03,941 --> 00:16:05,889 AUDIENCE: We are one. 146 00:16:05,889 --> 00:16:08,460 SPEAKER 3: The young woman who fears bringing a 147 00:16:08,460 --> 00:16:11,020 child into the world. 148 00:16:11,020 --> 00:16:15,370 The adult who fears growing up. 149 00:16:15,370 --> 00:16:17,965 The childhood fears growing up. 150 00:16:17,965 --> 00:16:22,560 ALL: We are one. 151 00:16:22,560 --> 00:16:25,850 SPEAKER 4: The coal companies, the oil companies, and the 152 00:16:25,850 --> 00:16:30,110 energy conglomerates want to keep us apart. 153 00:16:30,110 --> 00:16:32,960 They don't want us to talk to each other. 154 00:16:32,960 --> 00:16:35,600 They don't want us to take care about one another. 155 00:16:35,600 --> 00:16:40,430 ALL: But we are one. 156 00:16:40,430 --> 00:16:43,900 SPEAKER 5: Today we close the circle. 157 00:16:43,900 --> 00:16:46,120 Today we break the silence. 158 00:16:46,120 --> 00:16:48,780 Today we find our voice. 159 00:16:48,780 --> 00:16:51,570 We are one. 160 00:16:51,570 --> 00:16:54,535 Today we listen to one another. 161 00:16:54,535 --> 00:16:57,940 Today we speak out for justice. 162 00:16:57,940 --> 00:17:01,290 Today we stand on the side of love. 163 00:17:01,290 --> 00:17:04,180 ALL: We are one. 164 00:17:04,180 --> 00:17:07,589 SPEAKER 6: will heal our wounded communities. 165 00:17:07,589 --> 00:17:10,980 We will heal our wounded earth. 166 00:17:10,980 --> 00:17:14,180 We will heal our wounded souls. 167 00:17:14,180 --> 00:17:18,359 ALL: We are one. 168 00:17:18,359 --> 00:17:21,656 SPEAKER 7: We will dwell in beauty. 169 00:17:21,656 --> 00:17:23,540 We will abide in love. 170 00:17:23,540 --> 00:17:25,690 We will see the sacred in all. 171 00:17:25,690 --> 00:17:35,790 ALL: We are one. 172 00:17:35,790 --> 00:17:37,630 DAWN COOLEY: Thank you all so much. 173 00:17:37,630 --> 00:17:43,000 What a gift it is to be doing this important work together 174 00:17:43,000 --> 00:17:51,700 in community. 175 00:17:51,700 --> 00:17:56,530 My fellow emcee, the Reverend Melvin Hoover, co-minister of 176 00:17:56,530 --> 00:18:00,300 the Unitarian Universalist congregation of Charleston, 177 00:18:00,300 --> 00:18:02,880 West Virginia and I are here to amplify the 178 00:18:02,880 --> 00:18:04,990 message that we are one. 179 00:18:04,990 --> 00:18:08,640 Connected by the air that we breathe. 180 00:18:08,640 --> 00:18:12,160 Connected by the blood that runs through our veins. 181 00:18:12,160 --> 00:18:18,582 Connected by the water that our bodies are all made of. 182 00:18:18,582 --> 00:18:20,660 MELVIN HOOVER: Waters. 183 00:18:20,660 --> 00:18:26,040 Like the water of the Ohio River behind me, which starts 184 00:18:26,040 --> 00:18:30,500 in Pittsburgh and winds its way through Appalachia, 185 00:18:30,500 --> 00:18:35,230 forming the border of West Virginia and Ohio down through 186 00:18:35,230 --> 00:18:39,550 Kentucky until it meets with the Mississippi River near 187 00:18:39,550 --> 00:18:42,360 Cairo, Illinois. 188 00:18:42,360 --> 00:18:51,110 The Ohio River is home to over ten million people. 189 00:18:51,110 --> 00:18:54,200 DAWN COOLEY:The fossil fuel industry has had its impact 190 00:18:54,200 --> 00:18:58,590 along the Ohio River, all along the river it consumes 191 00:18:58,590 --> 00:19:00,660 and it pollutes. 192 00:19:00,660 --> 00:19:06,260 The water, the air, the land, the animals, the plants, and 193 00:19:06,260 --> 00:19:09,270 the people, all aspects of the interdependent 194 00:19:09,270 --> 00:19:11,820 web are being poisoned. 195 00:19:11,820 --> 00:19:16,020 Pittsburgh sits on the Marcellus shale, a natural gas 196 00:19:16,020 --> 00:19:19,860 rich rock formation that is being hydraulically fracked, 197 00:19:19,860 --> 00:19:25,730 polluting the water and harming the land. 198 00:19:25,730 --> 00:19:28,220 MELVIN HOOVER: As the Ohio winds its way through the 199 00:19:28,220 --> 00:19:33,920 mountains, the nature of the fossil fuel industry changes 200 00:19:33,920 --> 00:19:37,330 from natural gas extraction to coal mining 201 00:19:37,330 --> 00:19:41,270 and mountaintop removal. 202 00:19:41,270 --> 00:19:43,850 Boo is right. 203 00:19:43,850 --> 00:19:48,010 Mountaintop removal devastates our mountains. 204 00:19:48,010 --> 00:19:53,330 It pollutes the air, our water, and land for miles 205 00:19:53,330 --> 00:20:00,830 around, harming communities and the people who live there. 206 00:20:00,830 --> 00:20:06,090 Coal mining continues to be a health concern for miners. 207 00:20:06,090 --> 00:20:10,200 And we have seen an increase in numbers of miners 208 00:20:10,200 --> 00:20:14,870 contracting black lung. 209 00:20:14,870 --> 00:20:18,070 DAWN COOLEY: The river is then used to transport coal to 210 00:20:18,070 --> 00:20:22,470 places like Cincinnati, Louisville, and Owensboro. 211 00:20:22,470 --> 00:20:25,810 It is not uncommon to see coal barges traveling down this 212 00:20:25,810 --> 00:20:30,360 river, loaded up with coal for one of the many, many coal 213 00:20:30,360 --> 00:20:33,380 fired power plants along its banks. 214 00:20:33,380 --> 00:20:37,540 The burnt coal emits harmful chemicals into the air causing 215 00:20:37,540 --> 00:20:40,660 health problems for people who live nearby. 216 00:20:40,660 --> 00:20:45,570 The coal ash waste is put into ponds or piles, causing even 217 00:20:45,570 --> 00:20:50,670 more health problems. 218 00:20:50,670 --> 00:20:55,510 MELVIN HOOVER: The poor and people of color are hit first 219 00:20:55,510 --> 00:20:57,570 and hardest. 220 00:20:57,570 --> 00:21:01,170 But we all have a right, all of us have a right, to clean 221 00:21:01,170 --> 00:21:05,200 water, to clean air, to healthy communities in which 222 00:21:05,200 --> 00:21:10,330 to raise our children. 223 00:21:10,330 --> 00:21:12,020 Because we are one. 224 00:21:12,020 --> 00:21:15,360 We are connected to the communities destroyed by 225 00:21:15,360 --> 00:21:20,350 fracking, by mountaintop removal, by burning coal, even 226 00:21:20,350 --> 00:21:24,510 if we live in a different part of the country. 227 00:21:24,510 --> 00:21:30,740 Indeed, no matter where we live, much of our power is 228 00:21:30,740 --> 00:21:37,540 fueled or funded by the extraction industry. 229 00:21:37,540 --> 00:21:40,640 DAWN COOLEY: Let us take a few minutes to listen to some of 230 00:21:40,640 --> 00:21:44,820 the stories of people whose lives have been impacted by 231 00:21:44,820 --> 00:21:47,850 the harmful fossil fuel industry. 232 00:21:47,850 --> 00:21:51,730 After each person has shared their story, Kri N Hettie will 233 00:21:51,730 --> 00:21:55,150 lead us in a refrain of building the new way. 234 00:21:55,150 --> 00:21:58,700 We'll sing that phrase through two times to help us to 235 00:21:58,700 --> 00:22:02,730 remember that it is our responsibility to build a new 236 00:22:02,730 --> 00:22:05,460 way that is not harmful to the interdependent 237 00:22:05,460 --> 00:22:07,420 web and to our neighbors. 238 00:22:07,420 --> 00:22:10,840 A way that does not destroy the ability of those who work 239 00:22:10,840 --> 00:22:13,750 in the industry to support their families. 240 00:22:13,750 --> 00:22:18,490 A way that does not devastate an entire culture or poison an 241 00:22:18,490 --> 00:22:25,860 entire generation. 242 00:22:25,860 --> 00:22:29,254 So we'll say it twice together, just like this. 243 00:22:29,254 --> 00:22:59,090 [MUSIC - KRI & HETTIE, "WE ARE BUILDING A NEW WAY"] 244 00:22:59,090 --> 00:23:00,695 SPEAKER 8: When I say-- mmm-mmm. 245 00:23:00,695 --> 00:23:03,605 When I say healthy, you say community. 246 00:23:03,605 --> 00:23:04,610 OK, I'll do it, I'll do. 247 00:23:04,610 --> 00:23:06,280 But I have to stand back. 248 00:23:06,280 --> 00:23:08,300 I know, but it's so loud. 249 00:23:08,300 --> 00:23:10,440 When I say healthy, you say, community. 250 00:23:10,440 --> 00:23:10,915 Healthy. 251 00:23:10,915 --> 00:23:11,865 AUDIENCE: Community. 252 00:23:11,865 --> 00:23:12,340 SPEAKER 8: Healthy. 253 00:23:12,340 --> 00:23:12,980 AUDIENCE: Community. 254 00:23:12,980 --> 00:23:15,530 SPEAKER 8: When I say healthy, you say, community. 255 00:23:15,530 --> 00:23:16,010 Healthy. 256 00:23:16,010 --> 00:23:18,420 AUDIENCE: Community. 257 00:23:18,420 --> 00:23:20,860 SPEAKER 8: So I am here representing so many people I 258 00:23:20,860 --> 00:23:24,680 work with in Appalachia and Alaska, all over. 259 00:23:24,680 --> 00:23:26,640 I live in Knoxville, Tennessee. 260 00:23:26,640 --> 00:23:29,650 The home of the Tennessee Valley Authority. 261 00:23:29,650 --> 00:23:32,890 But now remember, there's beautiful and there is a 262 00:23:32,890 --> 00:23:34,480 negative in everything. 263 00:23:34,480 --> 00:23:36,430 And that's why I'm here. 264 00:23:36,430 --> 00:23:39,620 I'm here representing people that I work, that are my 265 00:23:39,620 --> 00:23:41,760 friends, and that are my family, that are in 266 00:23:41,760 --> 00:23:45,300 Pittsburgh, that are dealing with fracking, that is messing 267 00:23:45,300 --> 00:23:46,740 up their water. 268 00:23:46,740 --> 00:23:49,320 That then moves to West Virginia, where a friend of 269 00:23:49,320 --> 00:23:53,200 mine, Courtney, where all she wants us to be able to stay in 270 00:23:53,200 --> 00:23:54,370 her home place. 271 00:23:54,370 --> 00:23:57,830 All she wants us to be on the land that her family has been 272 00:23:57,830 --> 00:23:59,450 on for years. 273 00:23:59,450 --> 00:24:03,700 But instead, as of right now, the company is stealing the 274 00:24:03,700 --> 00:24:05,220 land underneath her. 275 00:24:05,220 --> 00:24:08,850 Because of fracking going underneath, it's destroying 276 00:24:08,850 --> 00:24:13,440 the very foundations of the land in which she lives. 277 00:24:13,440 --> 00:24:16,160 And then it that only gets worse as we 278 00:24:16,160 --> 00:24:18,280 move on down to Kentucky. 279 00:24:18,280 --> 00:24:21,980 I have friends, a week ago, that got a notice that said, 280 00:24:21,980 --> 00:24:24,600 your water now has oil in it. 281 00:24:24,600 --> 00:24:29,160 So for the third time each year, because the county 282 00:24:29,160 --> 00:24:33,570 executor is the same person that owns the oil company, 283 00:24:33,570 --> 00:24:35,670 they can't get justice. 284 00:24:35,670 --> 00:24:39,990 Moving on to Tennessee, where I live, right where I work, 285 00:24:39,990 --> 00:24:41,370 they're trying to frack. 286 00:24:41,370 --> 00:24:44,140 And we have to stand and organize against that. 287 00:24:44,140 --> 00:24:49,050 So what I need us to do as Unitarian Universalists is to 288 00:24:49,050 --> 00:24:52,890 stop having thousands of study groups. 289 00:24:52,890 --> 00:24:55,200 It's to stop just reading. 290 00:24:55,200 --> 00:24:58,780 It's to stop actually just being individual activists. 291 00:24:58,780 --> 00:25:03,130 Join KFTC, join Coal River Mountain Watch, join all the 292 00:25:03,130 --> 00:25:06,870 organizations that have been around forever in this fight. 293 00:25:06,870 --> 00:25:11,500 Thank you. 294 00:25:11,500 --> 00:25:27,000 [MUSIC - KRI & HETTIE, "WE ARE BUILDING A NEW WAY"] 295 00:25:27,000 --> 00:25:28,200 DAWN COOLEY: We have a lot of room up here, folks. 296 00:25:28,200 --> 00:25:30,130 So if you're standing in the back, and you're having a hard 297 00:25:30,130 --> 00:25:32,870 time hearing, please feel free to come forward. 298 00:25:32,870 --> 00:25:39,680 We can fill in here in the front a little ways. 299 00:25:39,680 --> 00:25:42,130 DAVID MILLER: My name is David Miller. 300 00:25:42,130 --> 00:25:45,520 And my family has been in the mountains of West Virginia so 301 00:25:45,520 --> 00:25:50,400 long that we actually don't know when we got there. 302 00:25:50,400 --> 00:25:53,980 There's legends and stories and folk tales. 303 00:25:53,980 --> 00:25:56,612 All we know is we've been there forever 304 00:25:56,612 --> 00:25:59,072 and time out of mind. 305 00:25:59,072 --> 00:26:02,516 In those mountains, generations of my family have 306 00:26:02,516 --> 00:26:07,928 been born and lived and worked and died and been buried. 307 00:26:07,928 --> 00:26:11,536 And those mountains that have been my home and the home of 308 00:26:11,536 --> 00:26:15,344 my family, there's a lot of them that 309 00:26:15,344 --> 00:26:17,320 aren't there anymore. 310 00:26:17,320 --> 00:26:18,802 They've been decapitated. 311 00:26:18,802 --> 00:26:23,270 They've been ripped open and violated to get at the coal 312 00:26:23,270 --> 00:26:29,220 inside that powers America's electric gluttony. 313 00:26:29,220 --> 00:26:32,390 I said the generations of my family were 314 00:26:32,390 --> 00:26:34,600 buried in those mountains. 315 00:26:34,600 --> 00:26:38,440 I say were because some of my family's cemeteries are gone. 316 00:26:38,440 --> 00:26:41,712 They also have been blown away and destroyed. 317 00:26:41,712 --> 00:26:45,260 If I want to see the memorial of my 318 00:26:45,260 --> 00:26:48,740 ancestors, where do I go? 319 00:26:48,740 --> 00:26:52,560 Sometimes I can find a fence that tells me that the road to 320 00:26:52,560 --> 00:26:57,660 my family's graveyards are not our property anymore, and that 321 00:26:57,660 --> 00:27:01,660 I'm a trespasser for trying to go see them. 322 00:27:01,660 --> 00:27:05,370 How can my family history be destroyed and 323 00:27:05,370 --> 00:27:09,340 nobody seem to care? 324 00:27:09,340 --> 00:27:11,770 Now, all of that mountain goes somewhere. 325 00:27:11,770 --> 00:27:14,660 Much of the rubble is bulldozed into nearby valleys 326 00:27:14,660 --> 00:27:17,460 and creek beds and destroyed. 327 00:27:17,460 --> 00:27:20,320 Some of it is shoveled into old, abandoned mine shafts 328 00:27:20,320 --> 00:27:22,570 where it leaks into the aquifers and into the small 329 00:27:22,570 --> 00:27:25,842 wells that many rural families have relied on for 330 00:27:25,842 --> 00:27:27,290 generations. 331 00:27:27,290 --> 00:27:30,440 Marie shows me pictures of the red liquid that pours from her 332 00:27:30,440 --> 00:27:33,552 faucet these days, and how it stains the sink and the 333 00:27:33,552 --> 00:27:36,740 toilets and the bath tubs brown. 334 00:27:36,740 --> 00:27:40,420 She says that when she first saw this filth come out of her 335 00:27:40,420 --> 00:27:43,040 faucet, she thought of the verses from revelation. 336 00:27:43,040 --> 00:27:46,670 And the rivers turned to blood with the wrath of the Lord. 337 00:27:46,670 --> 00:27:48,470 I don't know about the Lord, but I know 338 00:27:48,470 --> 00:27:55,000 I've got some wrath. 339 00:27:55,000 --> 00:27:58,530 And that's not a metaphor, because the bones of my 340 00:27:58,530 --> 00:28:01,450 ancestors are mixed with the pollutants in that water. 341 00:28:01,450 --> 00:28:08,100 It is blood coming out of those faucets. 342 00:28:08,100 --> 00:28:15,750 How can my history be simply foulness polluting the water? 343 00:28:15,750 --> 00:28:18,620 My grandfather, my papa, told me when I 344 00:28:18,620 --> 00:28:19,670 was very, very small-- 345 00:28:19,670 --> 00:28:21,010 I thought he was just being cranky at the 346 00:28:21,010 --> 00:28:23,540 time, now I know better. 347 00:28:23,540 --> 00:28:25,120 David he said, let me tell you something. 348 00:28:25,120 --> 00:28:28,330 You never, never, never believe one word the 349 00:28:28,330 --> 00:28:32,040 boss ever tells you. 350 00:28:32,040 --> 00:28:34,450 The company is never your friend. 351 00:28:34,450 --> 00:28:36,380 It has never been the miner's friend. 352 00:28:36,380 --> 00:28:38,030 You listen. 353 00:28:38,030 --> 00:28:39,315 He was right. 354 00:28:39,315 --> 00:28:43,040 When did we forget that? 355 00:28:43,040 --> 00:28:45,560 He used to tell me stories of the many races and ethnic 356 00:28:45,560 --> 00:28:47,030 groups that were in the camps. 357 00:28:47,030 --> 00:28:49,660 How immigrants were there from all over Europe. 358 00:28:49,660 --> 00:28:53,660 Ireland, Italy, African Americans, poor whites. 359 00:28:53,660 --> 00:28:55,620 I heard the saying growing up, under the 360 00:28:55,620 --> 00:28:57,780 ground we're all black. 361 00:28:57,780 --> 00:29:01,420 But above ground, those groups were often in separate 362 00:29:01,420 --> 00:29:04,360 isolated smaller camps, and they rarely 363 00:29:04,360 --> 00:29:06,330 spoke to each other. 364 00:29:06,330 --> 00:29:09,130 And my papa told me that he was convinced it was the 365 00:29:09,130 --> 00:29:12,230 company that was spreading the stories and rumors that kept 366 00:29:12,230 --> 00:29:15,000 everyone afraid of each other. 367 00:29:15,000 --> 00:29:17,162 And that's what they're still doing. 368 00:29:17,162 --> 00:29:19,590 That's what they're still doing. 369 00:29:19,590 --> 00:29:22,530 They still pit us against each other. 370 00:29:22,530 --> 00:29:25,640 Mountaintop removal means that companies can make a whole lot 371 00:29:25,640 --> 00:29:27,360 more profit with a lot less labor. 372 00:29:27,360 --> 00:29:29,670 And the layoffs are devastating. 373 00:29:29,670 --> 00:29:32,180 But the companies have convinced these communities 374 00:29:32,180 --> 00:29:35,110 that the layoffs are the fault of the environmentalists 375 00:29:35,110 --> 00:29:36,630 blocking the mining permits. 376 00:29:36,630 --> 00:29:39,890 And so once again, all over again, they got us fighting 377 00:29:39,890 --> 00:29:41,700 each other while they rob us blind. 378 00:29:41,700 --> 00:29:50,620 And I am sick of it. 379 00:29:50,620 --> 00:29:53,020 This is my home. 380 00:29:53,020 --> 00:29:54,960 Don't call me a tree hugger, because my family planted 381 00:29:54,960 --> 00:29:57,700 those trees. 382 00:29:57,700 --> 00:30:02,710 And the rest of them, God planted. 383 00:30:02,710 --> 00:30:06,350 There's a very popular bumper sticker where I live. 384 00:30:06,350 --> 00:30:09,210 If you hate coal, then live in the dark. 385 00:30:09,210 --> 00:30:12,290 Now there's a truth and a lie here. 386 00:30:12,290 --> 00:30:17,540 The truth is, actually, that every time you do flip a light 387 00:30:17,540 --> 00:30:20,730 switch or charge your smartphone or make a espresso 388 00:30:20,730 --> 00:30:23,810 out of the fancy, fancy machine, you are profiting 389 00:30:23,810 --> 00:30:26,550 from the labor of coal miners and coal communities. 390 00:30:26,550 --> 00:30:33,530 So you do, I feel, have a moral obligation to be deeply, 391 00:30:33,530 --> 00:30:36,320 deeply grateful to everything those coal families 392 00:30:36,320 --> 00:30:39,520 have done for you. 393 00:30:39,520 --> 00:30:42,350 Because the coal people in my family, they're not ashamed of 394 00:30:42,350 --> 00:30:42,810 what they do. 395 00:30:42,810 --> 00:30:44,150 They're proud of what they do. 396 00:30:44,150 --> 00:30:46,030 It is a service for their country. 397 00:30:46,030 --> 00:30:47,620 I do nothing against the miners. 398 00:30:47,620 --> 00:30:51,500 I do it because of the miners in my family. 399 00:30:51,500 --> 00:30:55,320 Now, that also means that every time you flip on a light 400 00:30:55,320 --> 00:30:57,950 switch, you are directly connected 401 00:30:57,950 --> 00:30:59,300 to mountaintop removal. 402 00:30:59,300 --> 00:31:00,350 This isn't just us. 403 00:31:00,350 --> 00:31:01,050 You're involved. 404 00:31:01,050 --> 00:31:02,630 Each and every one of you. 405 00:31:02,630 --> 00:31:05,540 So what are you going to do about it? 406 00:31:05,540 --> 00:31:09,570 Now, because you see the company is literally-- 407 00:31:09,570 --> 00:31:11,140 I say the company singular, that's my 408 00:31:11,140 --> 00:31:12,150 Appalachian roots showing. 409 00:31:12,150 --> 00:31:13,980 It's all one big thing. 410 00:31:13,980 --> 00:31:16,390 The company's literally banking on 411 00:31:16,390 --> 00:31:18,920 you not paying attention. 412 00:31:18,920 --> 00:31:24,810 So I say though that the lie of the sticker is that-- 413 00:31:24,810 --> 00:31:27,030 this lie that without the coal companies, we'd all 414 00:31:27,030 --> 00:31:27,660 stuck in the dark. 415 00:31:27,660 --> 00:31:29,060 Because there are alternative ways. 416 00:31:29,060 --> 00:31:31,680 There are alternative ways that don't pit us 417 00:31:31,680 --> 00:31:32,050 against each other. 418 00:31:32,050 --> 00:31:33,675 That draw us together, that don't pit 419 00:31:33,675 --> 00:31:34,700 us against the earth. 420 00:31:34,700 --> 00:31:37,070 And today, here and now, that is the light that 421 00:31:37,070 --> 00:31:38,376 we will turn on. 422 00:31:38,376 --> 00:31:41,848 [APPLAUSE] 423 00:31:41,848 --> 00:32:04,872 [MUSIC - KRI & HETTIE, "WE ARE BUILDING A NEW WAY"] 424 00:32:04,872 --> 00:32:09,720 KATHY LITTLE: Hi, everyone, I'm Kathy Little. 425 00:32:09,720 --> 00:32:14,380 I'm a mom, a grandmother, and a volunteer Cane Run Community 426 00:32:14,380 --> 00:32:19,890 organizer with the Sierra Club. 427 00:32:19,890 --> 00:32:23,810 Louisville Residents for Power Plant Justice encompasses both 428 00:32:23,810 --> 00:32:28,460 the Mill Creek and Cane Run communities in Southwest 429 00:32:28,460 --> 00:32:30,640 Jefferson County. 430 00:32:30,640 --> 00:32:34,410 Our land and our water has been and continues to be 431 00:32:34,410 --> 00:32:37,330 poisoned by burning coal. 432 00:32:37,330 --> 00:32:40,310 I wanted to briefly talk about impact at communities in 433 00:32:40,310 --> 00:32:42,230 Western Kentucky. 434 00:32:42,230 --> 00:32:46,500 The strip mines in Utica and Owensboro to name a few. 435 00:32:46,500 --> 00:32:49,350 The stories are eerily similar. 436 00:32:49,350 --> 00:32:52,260 Everything is compromised. 437 00:32:52,260 --> 00:32:53,710 The explosions. 438 00:32:53,710 --> 00:32:55,210 The dust. 439 00:32:55,210 --> 00:32:58,830 And then the second round of dusts dodging the coal tracks 440 00:32:58,830 --> 00:33:03,240 down a path of destruction of the air, water, the health of 441 00:33:03,240 --> 00:33:06,020 the people in these communities. 442 00:33:06,020 --> 00:33:08,610 Much of this coal finds its way up the river 443 00:33:08,610 --> 00:33:10,770 to the power plants. 444 00:33:10,770 --> 00:33:14,570 One here, two here in Jefferson County to be mixed 445 00:33:14,570 --> 00:33:15,700 with the coal. 446 00:33:15,700 --> 00:33:19,000 That is mined through mountaintop removal. 447 00:33:19,000 --> 00:33:22,180 Both the Cane Run and Mill Creek power plants have high 448 00:33:22,180 --> 00:33:25,740 hazard ash dams on their campuses. 449 00:33:25,740 --> 00:33:30,890 They are 40 years, according to LG&E, and it is 450 00:33:30,890 --> 00:33:34,840 undetermined whether or not an engineer was involved during 451 00:33:34,840 --> 00:33:36,750 construction. 452 00:33:36,750 --> 00:33:40,860 They are approximately 36 foot deep and hold fly ash and 453 00:33:40,860 --> 00:33:42,270 bottom match. 454 00:33:42,270 --> 00:33:44,770 They are close to schools. 455 00:33:44,770 --> 00:33:49,170 They are close to day cares and local communities. 456 00:33:49,170 --> 00:33:53,850 If they breach, our babies die. 457 00:33:53,850 --> 00:33:57,570 In the meantime, both spew toxic sludge 458 00:33:57,570 --> 00:34:00,610 into the Ohio River. 459 00:34:00,610 --> 00:34:03,900 Clean air is a basic right, except when you live within 460 00:34:03,900 --> 00:34:08,469 100 yards of one of the oldest and filthiest power plants in 461 00:34:08,469 --> 00:34:11,210 the United States. 462 00:34:11,210 --> 00:34:14,770 At Cane Run, we smell sulfur most days. 463 00:34:14,770 --> 00:34:17,070 And it literally makes you sick. 464 00:34:17,070 --> 00:34:20,610 Fly ash from sludge plant malfunctions and ash blowing 465 00:34:20,610 --> 00:34:26,659 of a huge dry ash landfill, crosses LG&E's property line, 466 00:34:26,659 --> 00:34:30,330 and finds its way into our communities. 467 00:34:30,330 --> 00:34:33,350 We see it floating in the air. 468 00:34:33,350 --> 00:34:37,179 It's in the inside and outside of our homes. 469 00:34:37,179 --> 00:34:41,460 It's the consistency of talcum powder, and 470 00:34:41,460 --> 00:34:43,510 it tastes of sulfur. 471 00:34:43,510 --> 00:34:46,800 We clean with ammonia based products to get 472 00:34:46,800 --> 00:34:49,690 it off of our furniture. 473 00:34:49,690 --> 00:34:53,800 What we were worried about most, though, is the heavy 474 00:34:53,800 --> 00:34:57,830 metal particulates that find their way into 475 00:34:57,830 --> 00:35:00,660 our children's lungs. 476 00:35:00,660 --> 00:35:03,560 What is this doing to their bodies? 477 00:35:03,560 --> 00:35:04,480 In the long term? 478 00:35:04,480 --> 00:35:05,390 In the short term? 479 00:35:05,390 --> 00:35:07,490 Will they die young? 480 00:35:07,490 --> 00:35:11,710 Many in our communities suffer from asthma, immune system 481 00:35:11,710 --> 00:35:15,900 disorders, rare cancers, among other things. 482 00:35:15,900 --> 00:35:19,400 Our local air pollution control districts cites and 483 00:35:19,400 --> 00:35:23,860 fines the power plants, but nothing changes. 484 00:35:23,860 --> 00:35:27,900 Our communities are not protected from this 485 00:35:27,900 --> 00:35:30,670 environmental injustice. 486 00:35:30,670 --> 00:35:36,150 We are human witnesses to the devastation that burning coal 487 00:35:36,150 --> 00:35:39,190 brings to nearby communities. 488 00:35:39,190 --> 00:35:41,880 I've been fighting this fight for over five years. 489 00:35:41,880 --> 00:35:44,720 Though Cane Run recently announced that they will be 490 00:35:44,720 --> 00:35:52,040 transitioning to natural gas in 2016, and I know that just 491 00:35:52,040 --> 00:35:55,030 moves the problem elsewhere. 492 00:35:55,030 --> 00:35:58,420 That just moves the stress and the misery to someone else's 493 00:35:58,420 --> 00:36:01,100 children and grandchildren. 494 00:36:01,100 --> 00:36:04,630 They will be poisoned, and it is not fair. 495 00:36:04,630 --> 00:36:06,600 Thank you so much. 496 00:36:06,600 --> 00:36:24,860 [MUSIC - KRI & HETTIE, "WE ARE BUILDING A NEW WAY"] 497 00:36:24,860 --> 00:36:26,370 EBONY COCHRAN: Good evening. 498 00:36:26,370 --> 00:36:29,610 I'm Ebony Cochran, and I'm a member of this community here 499 00:36:29,610 --> 00:36:30,620 in Louisville. 500 00:36:30,620 --> 00:36:34,280 I'm also a member of React, a group of residents who live 501 00:36:34,280 --> 00:36:37,820 near or at the fence line of a cluster of chemical plants 502 00:36:37,820 --> 00:36:40,230 commonly referred to as Rubber Town. 503 00:36:40,230 --> 00:36:42,050 There are numerous neighborhoods in West and 504 00:36:42,050 --> 00:36:44,900 Southwest Louisville that are adjacent to rubber town. 505 00:36:44,900 --> 00:36:46,480 I live in one of those. 506 00:36:46,480 --> 00:36:49,620 The Chickasaw neighborhood is one with tons of green space, 507 00:36:49,620 --> 00:36:52,700 a tree lined parkway that connects to other parkways, 508 00:36:52,700 --> 00:36:55,560 beautiful homes and residents who, like most, care about 509 00:36:55,560 --> 00:36:56,850 where they live. 510 00:36:56,850 --> 00:36:59,460 There is only one thing that keeps my neighborhood from 511 00:36:59,460 --> 00:37:00,810 being top notch. 512 00:37:00,810 --> 00:37:02,660 It has nothing to do with crime. 513 00:37:02,660 --> 00:37:04,420 It has nothing to do with litter. 514 00:37:04,420 --> 00:37:07,050 It has nothing to do with lack of sidewalks. 515 00:37:07,050 --> 00:37:10,730 It has everything to do with Rubber Town. 516 00:37:10,730 --> 00:37:14,780 A place that should be one of exploration for my son is one 517 00:37:14,780 --> 00:37:17,760 of restriction based on how bad the air is 518 00:37:17,760 --> 00:37:19,200 on any given day. 519 00:37:19,200 --> 00:37:23,270 A place where my son should be able to fish is one tainted 520 00:37:23,270 --> 00:37:26,320 with dioxin, commonly referred to as one of the most 521 00:37:26,320 --> 00:37:28,690 hazardous substances on Earth. 522 00:37:28,690 --> 00:37:32,040 The recent hydrochloric acid spill and the numerous 523 00:37:32,040 --> 00:37:36,180 hydraulic fluid spills that occurred recently both speak 524 00:37:36,180 --> 00:37:39,560 volumes as to how communities surrounding Rubber Town have 525 00:37:39,560 --> 00:37:42,670 no clue as to what will happen from day to day. 526 00:37:42,670 --> 00:37:45,540 The chemical facilities that make up Rubber Town bombard 527 00:37:45,540 --> 00:37:48,410 our communities with toxic chemicals associated with many 528 00:37:48,410 --> 00:37:51,570 diseases and a lower quality of life. 529 00:37:51,570 --> 00:37:55,160 These chemical facilities are some of the top fossil fuel 530 00:37:55,160 --> 00:37:58,610 users, many being responsible for some of the worst fossil 531 00:37:58,610 --> 00:38:00,340 fuel atrocities. 532 00:38:00,340 --> 00:38:03,290 We are being poisoned by chemical companies that demand 533 00:38:03,290 --> 00:38:06,800 cheap and dirty energy that in turn is making a huge impact 534 00:38:06,800 --> 00:38:08,440 on climate change. 535 00:38:08,440 --> 00:38:10,720 So we cannot look at these issues as 536 00:38:10,720 --> 00:38:12,500 we all face as separate. 537 00:38:12,500 --> 00:38:14,780 We cannot pit the environmentalist against the 538 00:38:14,780 --> 00:38:16,400 environmental justice folks. 539 00:38:16,400 --> 00:38:19,160 We cannot pit the workers against the residents. 540 00:38:19,160 --> 00:38:21,730 We must come together as one, if we are going to protect the 541 00:38:21,730 --> 00:38:24,870 land, the animals, and the people. 542 00:38:24,870 --> 00:38:28,930 And the people. 543 00:38:28,930 --> 00:38:32,370 We must begin to connect the dots so that our movements can 544 00:38:32,370 --> 00:38:36,470 gain more momentum in changing public policy 545 00:38:36,470 --> 00:38:37,900 and personal habits. 546 00:38:37,900 --> 00:38:41,030 Let's make a commitment here today that we will do better 547 00:38:41,030 --> 00:38:44,430 at connecting the dots by going beyond our comfort zones 548 00:38:44,430 --> 00:38:46,230 and reaching out to others who are 549 00:38:46,230 --> 00:38:48,110 fighting for what is right. 550 00:38:48,110 --> 00:39:10,280 [MUSIC - KRI & HETTIE, "WE ARE BUILDING A NEW WAY"] 551 00:39:10,280 --> 00:39:12,790 DAWN COOLEY: Something is answering us. 552 00:39:12,790 --> 00:39:16,260 Please welcome our next speaker, author, visionary, 553 00:39:16,260 --> 00:39:20,320 poet, farmer, spiritual leader to the environmental justice 554 00:39:20,320 --> 00:39:23,680 movement, and beloved by both Kentucky and across the 555 00:39:23,680 --> 00:39:25,980 country, Mr. Wendell Berry. 556 00:39:25,980 --> 00:39:35,290 [APPLAUSE] 557 00:39:35,290 --> 00:39:38,060 WENDELL BERRY: I'm going to read a poem called 558 00:39:38,060 --> 00:39:45,470 "Questionnaire." One, how much poison are you willing to eat 559 00:39:45,470 --> 00:39:50,080 for the success of the free market and global trade? 560 00:39:50,080 --> 00:39:54,990 Please name your preferred poisons. 561 00:39:54,990 --> 00:39:59,890 Two, for the sake of goodness, how much evil are 562 00:39:59,890 --> 00:40:02,250 you willing to do? 563 00:40:02,250 --> 00:40:05,180 Fill in the following blanks with the names of your 564 00:40:05,180 --> 00:40:10,260 favorite evils and acts of hatred. 565 00:40:10,260 --> 00:40:16,180 Three, what sacrifices are you prepared to make for culture 566 00:40:16,180 --> 00:40:18,790 and civilization? 567 00:40:18,790 --> 00:40:22,880 Please list the monuments, shrines, and works of art you 568 00:40:22,880 --> 00:40:26,640 would most willingly destroy. 569 00:40:26,640 --> 00:40:32,100 Four, in the name of patriotism, and the flag, how 570 00:40:32,100 --> 00:40:36,960 much of our beloved land are you willing to desecrate? 571 00:40:36,960 --> 00:40:41,760 List in the following spaces the mountains, rivers, towns, 572 00:40:41,760 --> 00:40:47,670 farms, you could most readily to do without. 573 00:40:47,670 --> 00:40:56,050 Five, state briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes, the energy 574 00:40:56,050 --> 00:41:00,700 sources, the kinds of security, for which you would 575 00:41:00,700 --> 00:41:02,470 kill a child. 576 00:41:02,470 --> 00:41:06,980 Name, please, the children whom you would 577 00:41:06,980 --> 00:41:17,350 be willing to kill. 578 00:41:17,350 --> 00:41:36,512 [MUSIC - KRI & HETTIE, "WE ARE BUILDING A NEW WAY"] 579 00:41:36,512 --> 00:41:39,140 MARK STEINER: Hello. 580 00:41:39,140 --> 00:41:44,000 It is so awesome to see you all here today. 581 00:41:44,000 --> 00:41:47,690 I'm Mark Steiner with Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light, 582 00:41:47,690 --> 00:41:51,760 where we work hard to mobilize a response to climate change 583 00:41:51,760 --> 00:41:55,630 and to bring clean energy to our communities. 584 00:41:55,630 --> 00:42:00,540 And I want to thank Wendell for that beautiful and 585 00:42:00,540 --> 00:42:02,640 heartbreaking poem. 586 00:42:02,640 --> 00:42:06,990 And I want to acknowledge that the truth is, we don't have to 587 00:42:06,990 --> 00:42:08,700 eat poison. 588 00:42:08,700 --> 00:42:12,660 We don't have to contribute to evil. 589 00:42:12,660 --> 00:42:16,490 We don't have to sacrifice our creativity. 590 00:42:16,490 --> 00:42:20,840 And we don't have to desecrate the land, oil, and waters. 591 00:42:20,840 --> 00:42:29,050 And we most certainly do not have to kill our children. 592 00:42:29,050 --> 00:42:32,840 The details may be a little different, but the story 593 00:42:32,840 --> 00:42:34,710 remains the same. 594 00:42:34,710 --> 00:42:37,230 It matters little where we live. 595 00:42:37,230 --> 00:42:38,430 New England. 596 00:42:38,430 --> 00:42:40,370 The Pacific Northwest. 597 00:42:40,370 --> 00:42:41,560 The South. 598 00:42:41,560 --> 00:42:42,540 The Midwest. 599 00:42:42,540 --> 00:42:46,010 In the country, the suburbs, or city. 600 00:42:46,010 --> 00:42:50,400 Dirty energy is polluting the air, the land, the 601 00:42:50,400 --> 00:42:54,070 water all around us. 602 00:42:54,070 --> 00:42:59,900 Dirty energy is making us and making our children sick. 603 00:42:59,900 --> 00:43:03,180 Ebony's story is our story. 604 00:43:03,180 --> 00:43:07,070 Cathy's story is our story. 605 00:43:07,070 --> 00:43:10,270 David's story is our story. 606 00:43:10,270 --> 00:43:14,220 Alondria's stories are our stories. 607 00:43:14,220 --> 00:43:20,300 We are connected by one air, by one water, by being members 608 00:43:20,300 --> 00:43:22,910 of one earth community. 609 00:43:22,910 --> 00:43:26,920 We are connected in the spirit, in our quest for 610 00:43:26,920 --> 00:43:31,210 healthy communities, in our quest for a healthy future for 611 00:43:31,210 --> 00:43:33,410 our children. 612 00:43:33,410 --> 00:43:36,700 The hope for healthy communities, the hope for 613 00:43:36,700 --> 00:43:40,400 clean energy, the hope for our children lies 614 00:43:40,400 --> 00:43:42,710 within each of us. 615 00:43:42,710 --> 00:43:44,870 We are the hope. 616 00:43:44,870 --> 00:43:49,220 We are the possibility for a clean energy future. 617 00:43:49,220 --> 00:43:52,480 We are the possibility for healthy communities for 618 00:43:52,480 --> 00:43:54,750 healthy children. 619 00:43:54,750 --> 00:43:58,930 For the dream of clean energy future to be more than a 620 00:43:58,930 --> 00:44:03,090 possibility, we must be willing to change. 621 00:44:03,090 --> 00:44:05,890 We must be willing to sacrifice. 622 00:44:05,890 --> 00:44:08,440 We must be willing to act. 623 00:44:08,440 --> 00:44:15,560 We must have energy for change. 624 00:44:15,560 --> 00:44:19,360 This is each of ours to carry. 625 00:44:19,360 --> 00:44:21,540 Each of us. 626 00:44:21,540 --> 00:44:26,460 And that is OK, because we are each of us, powerful. 627 00:44:26,460 --> 00:44:31,300 And because together, we are even more powerful. 628 00:44:31,300 --> 00:44:36,550 The dream is a possibility if we have energy for change. 629 00:44:36,550 --> 00:44:42,280 So I ask, do you have energy for change? 630 00:44:42,280 --> 00:44:43,920 Yes. 631 00:44:43,920 --> 00:44:46,220 We want clean energy. 632 00:44:46,220 --> 00:44:48,100 And we want it now. 633 00:44:48,100 --> 00:44:49,053 What do we want? 634 00:44:49,053 --> 00:44:51,220 AUDIENCE: Clean energy! 635 00:44:51,220 --> 00:44:52,800 MARK STEINER: When do we want it? 636 00:44:52,800 --> 00:44:53,570 AUDIENCE: Now! 637 00:44:53,570 --> 00:44:55,155 MARK STEINER: What do we want? 638 00:44:55,155 --> 00:44:56,980 AUDIENCE: Clean energy! 639 00:44:56,980 --> 00:44:58,310 MARK STEINER: When do we want it? 640 00:44:58,310 --> 00:44:58,810 AUDIENCE: Now! 641 00:44:58,810 --> 00:45:01,810 MARK STEINER: Thank you. 642 00:45:01,810 --> 00:45:18,480 [MUSIC - KRI & HETTIE, "WE ARE BUILDING A NEW WAY"] 643 00:45:18,480 --> 00:45:19,960 DAWN COOLEY: We are one. 644 00:45:19,960 --> 00:45:22,250 Connected by the air that we breathe. 645 00:45:22,250 --> 00:45:26,010 Connected by the blood that runs through our veins. 646 00:45:26,010 --> 00:45:28,810 Connected by the waters our bodies are made up of. 647 00:45:28,810 --> 00:45:31,790 And we are no longer willing to eat, 648 00:45:31,790 --> 00:45:34,420 drink, or breathe poison. 649 00:45:34,420 --> 00:45:38,730 We are no longer willing to sacrifice our children, our 650 00:45:38,730 --> 00:45:43,400 future to remember these, and honor these stories. 651 00:45:43,400 --> 00:45:46,740 To remember our connections with one another, we have 652 00:45:46,740 --> 00:45:51,240 biodegradable vials of water from the Ohio River that has 653 00:45:51,240 --> 00:45:54,930 been lovingly filtered and purified and sterilized by 654 00:45:54,930 --> 00:45:57,110 members of the Unitarian Universalist 655 00:45:57,110 --> 00:46:00,470 congregation of Owensboro. 656 00:46:00,470 --> 00:46:03,530 Our volunteers will distribute these vials now. 657 00:46:03,530 --> 00:46:07,420 So volunteers, come on up. 658 00:46:07,420 --> 00:46:12,540 Take these vials home to your places of worship, to your 659 00:46:12,540 --> 00:46:15,300 communities and neighborhoods. 660 00:46:15,300 --> 00:46:18,420 If you have an annual water communion in your 661 00:46:18,420 --> 00:46:22,000 congregation, share this water, and share these stories 662 00:46:22,000 --> 00:46:23,830 with your congregation. 663 00:46:23,830 --> 00:46:28,230 Let this rally be like a dropping a stone in the water 664 00:46:28,230 --> 00:46:34,080 with ripples that continue reaching out wider and wider. 665 00:46:34,080 --> 00:46:37,970 We also have postcards for you that give you action items 666 00:46:37,970 --> 00:46:42,400 that you can take to call upon the EPA to create a brighter 667 00:46:42,400 --> 00:46:46,930 future for Kentucky, for the region, and for the country. 668 00:46:46,930 --> 00:46:50,000 These cards tell you how to look up where your energy 669 00:46:50,000 --> 00:46:53,700 comes from, to see what connection you have, because 670 00:46:53,700 --> 00:46:57,350 you have one, with coal and with mountaintop removal or 671 00:46:57,350 --> 00:47:00,340 with fracking, and you may not even know it. 672 00:47:00,340 --> 00:47:03,450 Let's take this energy for change home. 673 00:47:03,450 --> 00:47:05,110 And let's say sing together. 674 00:47:05,110 --> 00:47:09,580 We are building a new way. 675 00:47:09,580 --> 00:47:14,620 All the way. 676 00:47:14,620 --> 00:50:09,890 [MUSIC - KRI & HETTIE, "WE ARE BUILDING A NEW WAY"] 677 00:50:09,890 --> 00:50:12,350 MELVIN HOOVER: All right, kRi & Hettie, thank you for 678 00:50:12,350 --> 00:50:13,770 leading us in song. 679 00:50:13,770 --> 00:50:19,140 And thank you all of you for being here, and participating 680 00:50:19,140 --> 00:50:22,040 in this important moment in time. 681 00:50:22,040 --> 00:50:26,480 And if you did not get a post card or a water sample, they 682 00:50:26,480 --> 00:50:31,490 will be available after the rally. 683 00:50:31,490 --> 00:50:36,910 For now, I want to invite you to hold the water in your 684 00:50:36,910 --> 00:50:41,310 hands, if you have it, or imagine it's in your hands or 685 00:50:41,310 --> 00:50:47,190 your hands are cupped, and you're holding the water. 686 00:50:47,190 --> 00:50:51,490 Now, this water in our hands is the same water that runs 687 00:50:51,490 --> 00:50:53,990 through our bodies. 688 00:50:53,990 --> 00:50:56,800 It runs in our oceans and seas. 689 00:50:56,800 --> 00:51:01,510 It carves valleys and rivers over time. 690 00:51:01,510 --> 00:51:07,070 This same water runs in the Ohio River. 691 00:51:07,070 --> 00:51:13,130 Along the coal fired plants, it runs through the mountain 692 00:51:13,130 --> 00:51:20,560 streams that were once crisp and cold and now are poisoned 693 00:51:20,560 --> 00:51:24,510 through the removal of the mountain tops. 694 00:51:24,510 --> 00:51:31,710 This water is our groundwater. 695 00:51:31,710 --> 00:51:40,560 It nourishes our farms, our families, and our very bodies. 696 00:51:40,560 --> 00:51:46,900 Let us, therefore, make a prayer with this water. 697 00:51:46,900 --> 00:51:54,130 A prayer that we gathered here honor the interdependent web 698 00:51:54,130 --> 00:51:56,240 of all existence. 699 00:51:56,240 --> 00:52:02,890 And that we cease polluting this water through harmful 700 00:52:02,890 --> 00:52:07,450 fossil fuel extraction processes. 701 00:52:07,450 --> 00:52:15,780 A prayer that those in power hear our cries for justice, 702 00:52:15,780 --> 00:52:23,130 our cries for clean water and clean air. 703 00:52:23,130 --> 00:52:29,060 A prayer that we invest in what? 704 00:52:29,060 --> 00:52:30,380 New ways. 705 00:52:30,380 --> 00:52:31,530 I want to hear you say it. 706 00:52:31,530 --> 00:52:32,400 New ways. 707 00:52:32,400 --> 00:52:34,430 Say it again. 708 00:52:34,430 --> 00:52:37,320 New ways. 709 00:52:37,320 --> 00:52:42,140 Instead of polluting the earth, let's harness the power 710 00:52:42,140 --> 00:52:44,710 of geothermal energy. 711 00:52:44,710 --> 00:52:49,100 Instead of polluting our air, let us harness the 712 00:52:49,100 --> 00:52:52,170 power of the wind. 713 00:52:52,170 --> 00:52:59,080 Instead of polluting our waters, why don't we harness 714 00:52:59,080 --> 00:53:02,670 the power of hydro energy? 715 00:53:02,670 --> 00:53:08,650 And instead of harming creation through the 716 00:53:08,650 --> 00:53:15,820 extraction and burning of fossil fuels, why don't we 717 00:53:15,820 --> 00:53:21,340 harness the sun? 718 00:53:21,340 --> 00:53:27,660 Let these waters you hold in your hands be a symbol to the 719 00:53:27,660 --> 00:53:33,000 world that people of faith and concerned citizens are 720 00:53:33,000 --> 00:53:36,980 dedicated to a more just and sustainable future. 721 00:53:36,980 --> 00:53:41,340 So we call on those in power to build new ways for 722 00:53:41,340 --> 00:53:46,340 ourselves and for our children and grandchildren. 723 00:53:46,340 --> 00:53:59,160 If you believe that it should be so, say it with me, amen. 724 00:53:59,160 --> 00:53:59,880 DAWN COOLEY: Amen. 725 00:53:59,880 --> 00:54:01,490 Thank you, Mel, so much. 726 00:54:01,490 --> 00:54:04,460 And thank you to all of you who have come out here. 727 00:54:04,460 --> 00:54:08,210 I wanted to let you know that we have over 2,000 people 728 00:54:08,210 --> 00:54:11,832 assembled here this evening. 729 00:54:11,832 --> 00:54:12,950 Awesome. 730 00:54:12,950 --> 00:54:16,370 We're making history together. 731 00:54:16,370 --> 00:54:19,270 I want to thank Kri N Hettie for their music tonight. 732 00:54:19,270 --> 00:54:23,150 If you're part of GA, you can catch them at 10:15 for part 733 00:54:23,150 --> 00:54:25,500 of the evening entertainment. 734 00:54:25,500 --> 00:54:27,190 I want to thank all of you for coming. 735 00:54:27,190 --> 00:54:32,960 And I want to thank our interfaith speakers for being 736 00:54:32,960 --> 00:54:36,340 here and for sharing their time with us today. 737 00:54:36,340 --> 00:54:40,440 But before you leave, I'd like to introduce one more speaker. 738 00:54:40,440 --> 00:54:43,960 Our last speaker's radical nonviolent protest as bitter 739 00:54:43,960 --> 00:54:49,500 70 at a 2008 auction of oil and gas leases, from his 740 00:54:49,500 --> 00:54:52,100 ongoing commitment to organizing, including the 741 00:54:52,100 --> 00:54:56,150 formation of his organization, Peaceful Uprising, to his call 742 00:54:56,150 --> 00:54:59,420 to UU Ministry, Tim DeChristopher's leadership has 743 00:54:59,420 --> 00:55:02,010 been inspiring a new generation 744 00:55:02,010 --> 00:55:03,660 of spiritual activists. 745 00:55:03,660 --> 00:55:04,582 Tim. 746 00:55:04,582 --> 00:55:11,980 TIM DECHRISTOPHER: Thank you. 747 00:55:11,980 --> 00:55:15,550 When I was growing up in West Virginia, I learned firsthand 748 00:55:15,550 --> 00:55:18,580 that exploitation of the environment goes hand in hand 749 00:55:18,580 --> 00:55:21,750 with exploitation of people in local communities. 750 00:55:21,750 --> 00:55:25,910 And that instilled in me a deep sense of fighting that 751 00:55:25,910 --> 00:55:31,130 injustice and a deep passion for ending that oppression of 752 00:55:31,130 --> 00:55:33,960 both our land and our communities. 753 00:55:33,960 --> 00:55:36,800 But that experience of growing up in West Virginia also 754 00:55:36,800 --> 00:55:38,950 taught me the power of something 755 00:55:38,950 --> 00:55:40,570 like the coal industry. 756 00:55:40,570 --> 00:55:45,240 It instilled in me a sense of fear of an industry that big, 757 00:55:45,240 --> 00:55:50,060 that strong, that connected that worked so hard to keep 758 00:55:50,060 --> 00:55:52,840 people oppressed, and to convince people that they had 759 00:55:52,840 --> 00:55:54,670 no other options. 760 00:55:54,670 --> 00:55:58,640 And I lived in that fear for quite a while, even as I had 761 00:55:58,640 --> 00:56:03,020 this burning desire to rise against that injustice. 762 00:56:03,020 --> 00:56:05,920 I held back because of that fear. 763 00:56:05,920 --> 00:56:09,220 But once I broke through that, and I finally took action in 764 00:56:09,220 --> 00:56:13,190 2008, and I took action without hesitation at that 765 00:56:13,190 --> 00:56:16,680 point, and I overcame that fear, and I finally had my 766 00:56:16,680 --> 00:56:20,330 actions in line with my sentiment, that fear 767 00:56:20,330 --> 00:56:22,150 disappeared. 768 00:56:22,150 --> 00:56:25,120 And I felt more free after that point than 769 00:56:25,120 --> 00:56:26,700 I'd ever felt before. 770 00:56:26,700 --> 00:56:29,410 Even when I served 21 months in prison for that act of 771 00:56:29,410 --> 00:56:33,290 civil disobedience, I felt more free every day in prison 772 00:56:33,290 --> 00:56:36,810 than I had when I resided in that fear under the oppression 773 00:56:36,810 --> 00:56:38,173 of the coal industry. 774 00:56:38,173 --> 00:56:42,340 [APPLAUSE] 775 00:56:42,340 --> 00:56:45,390 TIM DECHRISTOPHER: An even when I was isolated within 776 00:56:45,390 --> 00:56:49,360 that prison, I felt more connected to a community than 777 00:56:49,360 --> 00:56:52,990 I had in those days of fear beforehand, because I was 778 00:56:52,990 --> 00:56:55,870 connected to this community of faith that held onto me 779 00:56:55,870 --> 00:56:57,640 throughout that whole experience. 780 00:56:57,640 --> 00:57:00,250 And people all around the country in other UU 781 00:57:00,250 --> 00:57:04,140 congregations, and in other communities around the country 782 00:57:04,140 --> 00:57:07,490 reached out and held on to me during that experience. 783 00:57:07,490 --> 00:57:10,360 Because this is not just a movement that is fighting 784 00:57:10,360 --> 00:57:11,660 against injustice. 785 00:57:11,660 --> 00:57:13,980 This is not just a movement that is trying to take down 786 00:57:13,980 --> 00:57:14,860 one industry. 787 00:57:14,860 --> 00:57:17,690 This is a movement that is holding on to people. 788 00:57:17,690 --> 00:57:22,400 And holding on and uplifting our communities and building a 789 00:57:22,400 --> 00:57:24,710 truly healthy and just world. 790 00:57:24,710 --> 00:57:29,430 And that boils down even down to our relationships, where we 791 00:57:29,430 --> 00:57:33,050 hold on to people that are taking a stand. 792 00:57:33,050 --> 00:57:34,800 And let this be a message. 793 00:57:34,800 --> 00:57:37,690 Let this rally here today, and our presence here today in 794 00:57:37,690 --> 00:57:41,540 Louisville, be a message, that when people stand against 795 00:57:41,540 --> 00:57:44,420 injustice, they will not stand alone. 796 00:57:44,420 --> 00:57:48,240 There will be a community and a movement to stand with them 797 00:57:48,240 --> 00:57:56,600 and to hold on to them. 798 00:57:56,600 --> 00:58:00,590 And let's make it clear that this action, this event, and 799 00:58:00,590 --> 00:58:03,760 this commitment does not end here today on this plaza. 800 00:58:03,760 --> 00:58:06,620 That it will continue when we leave because we have a great 801 00:58:06,620 --> 00:58:09,350 opportunity at this moment right now. 802 00:58:09,350 --> 00:58:12,260 We have a new EPA administration coming in. 803 00:58:12,260 --> 00:58:15,250 And we need to make our voices heard louder than the fossil 804 00:58:15,250 --> 00:58:21,600 fuel industry is heard. 805 00:58:21,600 --> 00:58:23,340 We know that the fossil fuel industry is 806 00:58:23,340 --> 00:58:24,600 desperate right now. 807 00:58:24,600 --> 00:58:27,360 All we have to do is look at their actions. 808 00:58:27,360 --> 00:58:31,530 The mountaintop removal itself is a desperate act. 809 00:58:31,530 --> 00:58:33,720 Hydraulic fracking is a desperate act. 810 00:58:33,720 --> 00:58:39,600 These are the desperate acts of a dying industry. 811 00:58:39,600 --> 00:58:41,300 And we know that in their desperation, they'll do 812 00:58:41,300 --> 00:58:43,490 whatever they have to do to hold on to their power. 813 00:58:43,490 --> 00:58:45,530 So we know that they're trying everything they can to make 814 00:58:45,530 --> 00:58:47,180 their voices heard in Washington. 815 00:58:47,180 --> 00:58:50,700 And we need to make our voices heard even louder. 816 00:58:50,700 --> 00:58:54,740 We need to be calling the new EPA administrator as often as 817 00:58:54,740 --> 00:58:55,650 we possibly can. 818 00:58:55,650 --> 00:58:58,630 We need to be writing handwritten letters to the EPA 819 00:58:58,630 --> 00:59:02,370 administrator, and we need to be showing up in those offices 820 00:59:02,370 --> 00:59:08,060 as often as we possibly can. 821 00:59:08,060 --> 00:59:10,990 We need to make our voices heard to every political 822 00:59:10,990 --> 00:59:14,060 official that takes money from the fossil fuel industry. 823 00:59:14,060 --> 00:59:17,890 Let them know that this people-powered movement is 824 00:59:17,890 --> 00:59:22,010 going to be more powerful than the fossil fuel industry. 825 00:59:22,010 --> 00:59:24,380 Make that voice heard in Washington 826 00:59:24,380 --> 00:59:29,700 and around the country. 827 00:59:29,700 --> 00:59:32,530 And let's also not just focus on the government. 828 00:59:32,530 --> 00:59:34,530 Let's think about all the other institutions that we're 829 00:59:34,530 --> 00:59:39,050 a part of, and how we can isolate those institutions 830 00:59:39,050 --> 00:59:43,540 from the fossil fuel industry, how we can break that grip 831 00:59:43,540 --> 00:59:46,430 that the fossil fuel industry has, not only on our 832 00:59:46,430 --> 00:59:49,730 government but on our society as a whole. 833 00:59:49,730 --> 00:59:51,680 Let's reach out to all the institutions there we're a 834 00:59:51,680 --> 00:59:55,640 part of, including the UUA and demand that they divest from 835 00:59:55,640 --> 00:59:59,440 fossil fuels. 836 00:59:59,440 --> 01:00:04,960 So that we never have to add a sixth question 837 01:00:04,960 --> 01:00:07,170 to Wendell's poem. 838 01:00:07,170 --> 01:00:10,480 We never have to ask ourselves, what climate 839 01:00:10,480 --> 01:00:14,120 catastrophes would we be willing to accept for a higher 840 01:00:14,120 --> 01:00:17,070 interest rate? 841 01:00:17,070 --> 01:00:19,930 We don't ever want to have to ask ourselves that. 842 01:00:19,930 --> 01:00:22,290 That's why we're going to take a stand and live by our 843 01:00:22,290 --> 01:00:23,390 principles. 844 01:00:23,390 --> 01:00:25,420 And make this just the beginning. 845 01:00:25,420 --> 01:00:27,660 Just the beginning of our commitment to live by our 846 01:00:27,660 --> 01:00:31,160 principles, to stand up to the most powerful industry in the 847 01:00:31,160 --> 01:00:34,620 history of the world, and to keep our commitment to the 848 01:00:34,620 --> 01:00:37,710 people of Appalachia. 849 01:00:37,710 --> 01:00:42,715 Let this be the beginning of our commitment, not just to 850 01:00:42,715 --> 01:00:45,270 overthrow the power of the fossil fuel industry, but to 851 01:00:45,270 --> 01:00:49,460 replacing it with strong and healthy communities and strong 852 01:00:49,460 --> 01:00:54,340 and healthy economies that do not this destroy our rivers, 853 01:00:54,340 --> 01:00:57,040 our air, and our communities. 854 01:00:57,040 --> 01:01:00,320 Let's keep that commitment. 855 01:01:00,320 --> 01:01:03,940 Instead of investing our money in corporations that exploit, 856 01:01:03,940 --> 01:01:08,260 let's invest our energies, our passions, our voices, our 857 01:01:08,260 --> 01:01:12,110 minds, and our lives in that struggle for a healthy and 858 01:01:12,110 --> 01:01:13,820 just world. 859 01:01:13,820 --> 01:01:15,680 Let's keep that commitment. 860 01:01:15,680 --> 01:01:23,660 Thank you. 861 01:01:23,660 --> 01:01:25,500 DAWN COOLEY: Pick up one of these cards. 862 01:01:25,500 --> 01:01:26,050 Take it home. 863 01:01:26,050 --> 01:01:26,310 Follow the actions. 864 01:01:26,310 --> 01:01:29,345 Look up where your energy comes from. 865 01:01:29,345 --> 01:01:31,269 We are all connected. 866 01:01:31,269 --> 01:01:32,240 Take it home. 867 01:01:32,240 --> 01:01:33,902 Thank you for being here. 868 01:01:33,902 --> 01:01:37,639 kRi & Hettie take us home. 869 01:01:37,639 --> 01:05:59,570 [MUSIC - KRI & HETTIE, "GUEST HOUSE"] 870 01:05:59,570 --> 01:06:02,113 [APPLAUSE]