The True Cost of Coal

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    Beehive Design Collective

    Publisher: Beehive Design Collective

    Year: 2020

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 54 pages

    ISBN: 9781777097004

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The True Cost of Coal is a rhyming storybook from the Beehive Design Collective. Fun and educational for ages 9–99, it also features lessons and activities related to the story’s themes of ecology, colonial history, workers rights, extreme extraction, community organizing, and regenerative futures alongside Beehive Collective graphics designed specifically for coloring on.

Alongside intricately detailed art there is a rhyming and simplified narrative, guiding readers through a winding timeline. The story explores important history often left out of classroom curriculum, inspires the reader to question present-day decision-making systems, and encourages us all to envision our own role in moving towards a sustainable and regenerative future.

Story Contents

  • Introduction
  • Dedications
  • Ecological origins of coal
  • Original peoples
  • Colonization
  • Cherokee vs. Georgia
  • Trail of Tears
  • Pioneering & Early Industry
  • Company Towns
  • Workers Resistance & Organization
  • Battle of Blair Mountain
  • Union Victory & Culture
  • Automation & Layoffs
  • Community Alliances
  • Mountaintop Removal & ecological devastation
  • Climate Chaos & Global Capitalism
  • Carbon trading & Greenwashing
  • Grassroots organizing & resistance
  • Direct Action
  • Community Resilience & Remediation
  • Decolonization
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Collaboration & Mutual Aid
  • Individual Responsibility & Purpose

Lessons, Activities & Coloring

  • Where does coal come from?
  • What is Colonization?
  • The Cherokee Language & written Syllabary
  • The Union Movement
  • What is Mountaintop Removal?
  • Raised Bed Gardening
  • Ecological Remediation
  • Sustainable Collective Future

Book Details

Author: Beehive Design Collective
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781777097004
Size: 54 pages
Publisher: Beehive Design Collective
Year: 2020

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