Nick Mullins, Coal, Climate, and Environmental Backlash

Coal, Climate, and Environmental Backlash presented by Nick Mullins, (
Flyer for "Coal, Climate, and Environmental Backlash: Ramifications of Environmental Activism in the Appalachian Coalfields"
Event Date: October 12, 2017 - 2 p.m.
Event Type: Open to public
Location: Science Center, 2nd Floor, Lipke Auditorium (003a)

How did we get to this point?

After countless hours of hard work and millions of dollars of investment in various forms of activism, Donald Trump was still elected as the 45th president of the United States. Almost all of the work towards a just energy transition has been signed away within his first six months, and there are no signs of it stopping anytime soon. To make matter’s worse, Trump is furthering an age-old divide at the cost of social justice that has more than once resulted in intense suffering—and even war.

Nick Mullins, former fifth generation underground coal miner and author of The Thoughtful Coal Miner, will tell his personal story and discuss the economic and political forces that turned one of the nation’s largest strongholds of labor rights into a pro-coal, anti-environmentalist region. Mullins will explore with us the larger implications of Appalachia’s recent socioeconomic and political upheavals as they pertain to the nation’s progress towards addressing environmental issues and climate change.

Sponsored by the School for the Environment, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Management, the Honors College, and the College of Public and Community Service. With special thanks to the Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program, the Community Development Program, the Department of American Studies, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Anthropology, the Labor Resource Center and Labor Studies Program, the Department of History, the Department of Management, and the Center for the Study of Humanities, Culture, and Society.

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