The True Cost of Extreme Energy

Frack Free Somerset are hosting a talk based around the ‘True Cost of Coal’ Banner, created by The Beehive Collective, from North America, a consensus-based volunteer-run graphics collective.  The Banner tells the story of Mountain Top Removal in the Appalachian Mountains, and the contemporary story of energy, resource extraction and American Empire.

With a gigantic portable mural teeming with intricate images of plants and animals from the most bio-diverse temperate forest on the planet, the Bees will share (and seek) stories of how coal mining and Mountaintop Removal affect communities and ecosystems throughout Appalachia and beyond. This graphic also looks to the future, raising questions about resistance, regeneration, and remediation while celebrating stories of struggle from mountain communities. The True Cost of Coal will challenge all of us who casually flip on a light switch to examine our own connections to extreme energy and to think about what we can do to stop it from within our own communities.

Glastonbury: Saturday 22nd February 2014, 7pm at the Camino Centre, King Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9JX

Bristol: Tuesday 25th February 2014, 7pm at Kebele, 14 Robertson Road, Bristol BS5 6JY