Coalfield Residents Take It to the United Nations in
Photos by Bo Webb
Commission on Sustainable Development Hears About Mountain Massacre
She had never been on a train before in her life. She had rarely been
beyond the borders of West Virginia and Kentucky. And now, in May,
Donetta Blankenship was on her way to New York City, to speak before the
United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development as it reviewed its
"Energy for Sustainable Development" plans.
Donetta was traveling with ten other coalfield residents, including
Patricia Feeney, who, before she joined OVECs staff, coordinated this
trip to the UN, working with several groups in three states.
The coalfield delegation six
folks from West Virginia, four from Kentucky and one from Tennessee
presented their stories to civil
society caucuses at the UN and met with U.S. State Department
representatives and officials in the Department of Energy. They put a
human face on the real tolls of our nations apparent energy policy:
"Cheap" energy, at any, usually hidden cost.
The UN trip received quite a bit of publicity, including a spot on
West Virginia Public Broadcastings Inside Appalachia and in the New
York Post. A documentary filmmaker followed the group from Mingo County
to New York City.
Read more about this trip in OVEC's
September 2006 Winds of Change newsletter. Photos by Bo Webb
|Appalachian women headed to the United Nations.
|Inside the United Nations.
|Left to right, Donetta Blankenship, Maria
Gunnoe and Joan Linville with the film crew.
|Larry gets a boost from literature in Times
Square. Sure hope all those lights are exceedingly energy efficient.