Organizers are hoping a march and rally this Thursday will be one of the biggest environmental justice events ever held in Kentucky.
The event is organized by Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light, in conjunction with the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, which is also happening in Louisville this week. It’s meant to raise awareness of the environmental effects of burning fossil fuels—like coal—for energy, and the ways it affects nearby residents.
Mark Steiner with Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light says the group wants to urge a transition to cleaner forms of energy.
“We’ve got some great alternatives out there but they’re not moving forward in Kentucky at very fast of a rate,” he said. “So we’re encouraging that we start to look at solar, wind, hydro and even geothermal as energy sources that can provide jobs and clean energy.”
The march will start on Thursday at 6pm at the corner of 3rd and Market, and continue to the Belvedere. Kentucky author, farmer and activist Wendell Berry will speak, along with environmental activist Tim DeChristopher and others.
Steiner says he thinks the biggest environmental justice event ever held in Kentucky was probably I Love Mountains Day, which brought about 1500 people to the state capitol. He’s trying to beat the turnout, and says his group will also bring in people from Berea, Lexington and Bowling Green to attend the event.