Our research found it is important to show climate causes at scale. In this case the coal mine has been grounded by the 'everyday' scene of a sports team practicing.
WHAT IT SHOWS: USA. Illinois. 2017. A baseball team practices nearby the Rocky Branch mine with active mercury runoff and other pollutants in the streams surrounding it. Mining jobs have been the core of the economy in Southern Illinois for the past century, a source of stability, prosperity and pride. In the last few decades the number of jobs have declined to a small fraction of their former number, leaving the economy in shambles with few prospects for new forms of industry to take its place.