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Julia Bonds Addresses Environmental Issues During Service Convocation

Julia Bonds, an environmental activist and daughter of a West Virginia coal miner, was the keynote speaker for the Service Convocation on April 29.

Julia Bonds urges the audience to take back their earth

Bonds' message focused on the environmental degradation and massive flooding currently occurring in the Appalachian region due to mountain top removal. Bonds urged the audience, in particular the students to take back their earth. Bonds passionately asserted, “The Earth doesn’t belong to us, we belong to the Earth.” Bond work and message perfectly coincides with Berea College’s Commitments to service, sustainability, and Appalachia.

Bonds is the recipient of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, the equivalent to the “Nobel” for the environment. The Goldman Environmental Prize is given to grassroots activists from six geographical regions worldwide. Bonds was honored for her work as the director of Coal River Mountain Watch, which seeks to save the watershed from mountain top removal and contamination.

The Service Convocation is an annual event, and this year it was sponsored by CELTS, the Campus Christian Center, and the convocation committee.

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