Coal Crisis Series
Coal Crisis Series
Coal Crisis Series
Item#: COA-978-D

Running Time: 119 minutes
Gr. 6-Adult
multiple producers





Purchase Burning the Future and Fighting Goliath together, for an outstanding value on a comprehensive media package that covers the coal crisis from all angles. The breadth of perspective on this issue inherent to these films, not to mention the quality and quantity of supplemental resources and added educational tools, will be a tremendous asset to any classroom or group looking to explore this topic from the ground up. Both are available on DVD only.

Burning the Future: Coal in America examines the explosive forces that have set in motion a groundswell of conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia. Confronted by an emerging coal-based US energy policy, local activists watch the nation praise coal without regard to the devastation caused by its extraction. Faced with toxic ground water, the obliteration of 1.4 million acres of mountains, and a government that appeases industry, our heroes demonstrate a strength of purpose and character in their improbable fight to arouse the nationís help in protecting their mountains, saving their families, and preserving their way of life.

This is the preeminent film on the coal crisis on the educational market today, and our special DVD package includes an action toolkit built around this hot button issue. Considerable supplemental information, web resources and discussion questions are all available via ROM technology on this outstanding new DVD, perfect for helping educators design coursework around this program.

Narrated by Robert Redford, Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars follows the story of Texans fighting against the construction of 18 coal-fired power plants slated to be built in Eastern and Central Texas. This short film examines a microcosmic example of the modern struggle between the coal industry and the individuals who are standing up for the environment and people that it affects everyday.

The eye-opening story centers on the leadership of 17 Texas mayors and the unlikely partners who have come together to oppose the coal plants, setting a national example and changing public policy throughout the state. An asset to any classroom looking to understand the sociological and beuracratic elements to the coal struggle, Fighting Goliath sets out to impart a crucial and global message: Itís not too late. We can stop the coal rush.