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Northland College Student Association
1411 Ellis Ave
Ashland, WI 54806
Beehive Design Collective
1 Elm Street
Machias, ME 04654
Come See the *Big Picture!* The BEEHIVE COLLECTIVE presents THE TRUE COST OF "MINING FOR JOBS"!
Don't miss this high energy, interactive, graphics-based picture-lecture], presented Thursday, May 9th at 7:00 PM in the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. Free admission- all are welcome!
The True Cost of Coal depicts the complex history of Mountaintop Removal coal mining, the most extreme form of surface mining. Come to this special event to see one of the Bees, native to Wisconsin, use this powerful imagery about the consequences of large-scale surface mining to educate, motivate, and facilitate conversations about impending iron ore strip-mining in northern Wisconsin.
Over three years in the making, the True Cost of Coal is a collaboratively-made, highly-detailed, allegorical illustration brought to life by the Bees themselves: volunteer activists, storytellers, and educators who use hand-drawn cartoons and stories from grassroots communities to explore the connections between our local, everyday stories and the bigger picture of our historical moment.
Emphasizing the resiliency of communities on the frontlines of extraction, globalization, and environmental racism, the Bees highlight global, grassroots, community-led solutions to the climate and extinction crises and invite us to look critically at corporate greenwashing, the misleading "jobs vs. the environment" argument, and top-down strategies that promise more crisis, inequality, and destructive business as usual in the pivotal years to come. Told in plainspoken and accessible language, the Bees' engaging narrative combines clearheaded analysis with the heartfelt imperative to organize, support, and engage these often overwhelming issues… together!
With a gigantic portable mural teeming with intricate images of native plants and animals who Wisconsinites will instantly recognize, the Bees' mission is to "cross-pollinate the grassroots," drawing audiences together around common experiences and hopeful possibilities for collective action.
For more information and to view the graphics visit
www.beehivecollective.org OR beehivecollective.blogspot.com.