Former Coal Miner to Obama: Set Strong Carbon Pollution Limits on Coal Plants

Sierra Club Compass

The following is testimony from Nick Mullins, a former coal miner from Virginia, given Thursday before the Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Washington, DC, on carbon pollution standards. My name is Nick Mullins and I am a 4th generation former underground coal miner from Southwestern Virginia. The proud heritage of the coal miner has been soiled by the greed of an industry that knows no bounds in its exploitation of decent, hardworking people. 

In defence of ecovillages: the communities that can teach the world to live sustainably

The Green Changemakers

Residents at Twin Oaks in Virginia, where I worked for three weeks, have a surprising level of collective sufficiency, with residents working on farming and making hammocks and tofu to sell, the proceeds of which are shared between the group. Crops and solar panels at Twin Oaks in Virginia. Growth is not simply a result of people’s greed – even not-for-profit cooperatives aim to create a monetary surplus.

Intentional Communities: Lifestyles Based on Ideals

The Green Changemakers

The problems we see "out there" in the mainstream--greed, dishonesty, excessive ego, lack of self-esteem, factionalism, inadequate resources, poor communication skills, you name it--all manage to find a significant role in alternative cultures as well. Such centers include Kripalu in Massachusetts, Ananda Village in California, Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia, Ananda Marga in New York, and Maharishi University in Iowa.

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