How Soon we Forget: The Kingston Coal Ash Spill with Summer Rayne Oakes. Video.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Apr 17, 2009
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Summer Rayne Oakes visits the Kingston Coal Ash Spill.

Most of the time, we leave our appliances plugged in, our thermostat a few degrees higher than it needs to be, lights in adjoining rooms on…and we don’t think about where our electricity comes from (even as we bitch and moan about wars for oil and put pretty stickers of wind and solar energy on our reusable coffee mugs). Once in awhile, however, we’re reminded that much of our energy is, like nuclear power, neither clean nor disposable.

A month or so ago, the Kingston Coal Ash Spill was a tragedy that a few of us bothered to read about through the noise and buzz of modern media, social and old school. I admit that I myself, a journalist concerned with renewable energy and our environment, never really read a full article about it. So it was with a mixture of gratitude and horror that I came across this video, this morning, with elephant colleague Summer Rayne Oakes documenting her visit to the stricken area.


Shot for Discovery Live, Huffington Post, and Producer: Summer Rayne Oakes


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “How Soon we Forget: The Kingston Coal Ash Spill with Summer Rayne Oakes. Video.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    This video has 23 views at time of posting. Let's give it a push out there!

  2. Thanks for keeping this alive. I've touched base with some of the residents and most have sold their properties to the Tennessee Valley Authority – because it was cheaper for the TVA to buy up the land than to clean it all up….This same type of incident happened in MD and the people settled for quite a bit of money.