We need to meet people where they are and then persuade them that saving the climate is something that matters to them. That's why I love so many of the things the Sierra Club has been up to lately, including this wonderful video of breakdancers in NYC spreading the "Beyond Coal" message in such a cool way.
The Sierra Club, which is working with New York Michael Bloomberg to close the dirtiest coal plants explains, "smog and soot, major byproducts of burning coal, contribute to high asthma rates in New York and other cities."
Here's a few other not-so-cool fact about coal. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, an average 500MW coal plant each year emits:
--10,000 tons of sulfur dioxide. Sulfur dioxide (SOx) is the main cause of acid rain, which damages forests, lakes and buildings.
--10,200 tons of nitrogen oxide. Nitrogen oxide (NOx) is a major cause of smog, and also a cause of acid rain.
--3.7 million tons of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas, and is the leading cause of global warming. There are no regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S.