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    Earth Day is about more than recycling and playing in the grass. For Kentuckians, it’s a day to consider a major part of our economy—and a controversy that extends far beyond our state and national borders.

    To commemorate the week, Bellarmine’s Center for Regional Environmental Studies is hosting a guest speaker and a film presentation about coal mining this coming Monday, April 18.

    At 9 A.M., Randy Wilson from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth will discuss the impact of coal mining. Wilson, who recently visited mining communities in the nation of Colombia, will present slides and audio recordings about the lives of Colombian miners and their families. The presentation will take place in Hilary’s in Horrigan Hall.


Later, at 6:30 P.M., Bellarmine and the Louisville Chapter of the Sierra Club will co-sponsor a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary film Burning the Future, which examines conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia amidst government regulation, mountaintop removal and toxic ground water. The film will be shown in Miles Hall, room 145.

    Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, including a trailer for Burning the Future and links to maps and directions, visit

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