Coal has long been the main fuel source powering most of China. But are the health and environmental risks spinning out of control? For the past several years, Greenpeace activist Sun Qingwei has worked to expose the environmental and human health risks of coal mining and consumption. Growing up in a coal mining region himself, he has first-hand knowledge of the toll coal is taking on communities in China. His stories and images of the pollution and environmental devastation caused by coal, particularly in the coal mining regions of Northern China, provide a stunning and sad portrait of the enormity of the challenge of shifting away from coal consumption in the country that mines and consumes more coal than any other. Learn about these issues as well as China’s current coal policies, and what NGO activists like Sun Qingwei are doing to try to shift to a more sustainable energy mix.

Location: Sierra Club, Yosemite Room
85 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.
RSVP is not required, but highly encouraged.

Please reply to dzuber@pacificenvironment.org with your name and affiliation by noon on May 7, 2013.

Speakers

  • Sun Qingwei

    director of the Greenpeace East Asia Climate and Energy campaign.