Connecticut Gets Some Coal

As part of the global week of climate action following last Friday’s “climate strikes”, the CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs (CRCJ) teamed up with the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network (IREJN) in support of a regional campaign to shutter the last large coal-fired power plant operating in New England without a shut-down date.

Castleton Commodities International (CCI) is co-owner of Merrimack Generating Station in Bow, NH. Last month, environmental activists launched a campaign to shut down the plant by removing buckets of coal from the plant’s stockpile. On Tuesday in Stamford, some of that coal was delivered CCI’s headquarters in Stamford, CT.

Participants in the clergy-led press conference included:

  • Rev. Thomas Carr, co-founder of IREJN and Pastor of Second Baptist Church, Suffield

  • Rev. Allie Perry, worship coordinator, Shalom UCC, New Haven

  • Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, Temple Beth-El, Stamford

  • Rev. Frances Sink, Minister of Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Stamford

  • Jameelah Muhammad, Eastern Region Organizing Manager, Sierra Club; and board member of both CRCJ and IREJN

  • Rev. John Morehouse, Senior Minister, Unitarian Church in Westport

  • Rev. Ranjit Mathews, Rector, St. James Episcopal Church in New London

  • Christopher Hutchinson, Local 217 UNITE HERE, Stamford

The Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs builds alliances among diverse constituencies to combat climate change, create jobs, and promote racial, economic and environmental justice.