Radical Media, Bloomberg Philanthropies for National Geographic
From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be in the current political climate. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate.
What inspired the story?
We started a conversation with Bloomberg Philanthropies over two years ago to create a film that would explore the environmental and public health costs of coal. As we delved into the topic, we quickly came to realize that there were many connected issues on people's minds — jobs, climate, clean energy, and the plight of communities
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