Community Science & Public Health
In the past two years, nearly 20 peer-reviewed scientific studies have shown strong links between coal production, including large-scale surface mining, and impacts on human health in Central Appalachia.
KFTC’s Community Science and Public Health Project puts the power of science in the hands of eastern Kentuckians who are directly affected by coal mining pollution.
Education – KFTC members are helping our neighbors understand the connection between polluted water and our health.
Information – Using water testing equipment, we’re gathering data to build a case for clean water.
Organizing – We’re organizing in our communities to take action together.
Communication – We’re building awareness and support through local media, public forums and conversations.
Policy change – Armed with information, we’re demanding change.
KFTC members are working for a just transition in the mountains. A just transition means opportunities for coalfield workers in a more diverse economy. It means a better quality of life for workers and their families. And it means communities where it’s safe to drink the water and breathe the air. A just transition engages workers, students, mothers, health advocates, small farmers, indigenous communities, and many others in developing solutions that work for everyone.