Albuquerque residents to “Kick Coal” at downtown Washington Park Unique event will show support for clean energy & moving beyond coal

Kickball © Miles Cliatt

Albuquerque, NM – On Saturday, September 10th, Albuquerque-area residents will gather at Washington Middle School Park to demonstrate the need to “kick” New Mexico’s addiction to dirty and dangerous coal-fired power. Those in attendance will join in a large “coal kickball” game. The fun and informative day will allow people in Albuquerque to learn about New Mexico’s addiction to coal-fired power, and what they can do to help speed the necessary transition beyond coal and to a clean energy economy that benefits all New Mexicans.

Burning coal makes people sick and is costing New Mexicans hundreds of millions of dollars a year in health care expenses. Asthma attacks, heart attacks, premature deaths, and hospital visits caused by pollution from San Juan Generating Station – partly owned by PNM – add up to an estimated $255 million per year in health care expenses.

Following the game, players will sign the Clean Air Promise to protect children and families from dangerous air pollution stemming in large part from our dangerous addiction to coal-fired energy.

WHAT: Albuquerque area residents play a game of kickball to demonstrate the need to move beyond coal and to a clean energy economy

WHY: Burning coal makes people sick and is becoming a more and more expensive way to generate energy

WHO: Sierra Club and Albuquerque area residents

WHEN: 2pm-5pm on Saturday, September 10th

WHERE: Washington Middle School Park, 10th & Park just west of downtown Albuquerque

EXCITING VISUALS:
Albuquerque residents playing kickball with a black “coal kickball” with a giant inflatable coal-fired power plant in the outfield

For more information, visit http://nmsierraclub.org/beyond-coal