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Alternative Breaks: The Effects of Coal Mining in Appalachia

A resource to support the education efforts for those people participating in an Alternative Break trip at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

Trip Description

Much of our region’s electricity is sourced from coal from the Appalachian region. As a result, participants will explore the complex nature of the issue of coal mining, especially the practice of mountain top removal, coal mining, and the industries’ impact on Appalachian communities. The group will hear first-hand accounts from coal miners, activists, government officials, and community members. The group will also visit the sites of interest and enjoy cultural events in the community. Service will likely include helping low-income Appalachians weatherize their homes and planting trees on a former mountaintop mine site. This trip includes a lot of outdoor time including some active and strenuous activities.

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