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The Environmental Impact of Strip Mining

By David Johanssen

Strip mining involves scraping away earth and rocks to get to coal buried near the surface. In many cases, mountains are literally blasted apart to reach thin coal seams within, leaving permanent scars on the landscape as a result. This type of mining accounts for about 40 percent of the world’s coal mines. The large impact of surface mining on the topography, vegetation, and water resources has made it highly controversial.

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth
Fri, Aug 14, 5pm
50 pesos

Tango Therapy
Sat, Aug 15, 11am
400 pesos or 600 pesos couple

Ranchera Protest Music: Joan Sibila
Sat, Aug 15, 7:30pm
150 pesos

Conquistadors: The Conquest of the Incas
Tue, Aug 18, 5pm
50 pesos (English)

Live Music
Open Mic
Tue, Aug 18, 7:30pm
30 pesos (includes drink)

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth
Fri, Aug 21, 5pm
50 pesos

Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

Strip mining destroys landscapes, forests, and wildlife habitats at the site of the mine. This destruction in turn leads to soil erosion and destruction of valuable agricultural land. When rain washes the loosened top soil into streams, the sediments pollute waterways, which leads to flooding. There is also a risk of chemical contamination of ground water when minerals in upturned earth seep into the water table. Here in Mexico, Goldcorp’s Peñasquito Mine has recently been called a “project of mass destruction.” Cyanide has leached into the ground, and drippings from the tailing ponds have contaminated underground aquifers.

Join us for a benefit concert Saturday, August 15 at 7:30pm: Ranchera Protest Music: Joan Sibila. Live and in concert, Joan Sibila presents her Álbum Rosa; the central theme of this album is the song “Water Worth More,” which is a report on the environmental devastation of strip mining. 150 pesos.

Friday, August 14 at 5pm, Shelter presents Joseph Campbell: The Power of Myth. To Joseph Campbell, stories are powerful guides to the life of the spirit. Campbell says, “Follow your bliss and doors will open for you that would not have opened for anyone else.” 50 pesos.

Every Tuesday at 7:30pm: Open Mic. You don’t need to perform, but if you want your 10 minutes of fame, then this is the place for you! Regulars call it the “Cheers bar” of San Miguel. You can do anything you want for 10 minutes, as long as you are absolutely riveting. 30 pesos (includes drink).

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a 10-minute walk from the Jardín. Telephone 154 7524 or visit to see upcoming films and events. Taxi concierge service available to/from Teatro Shelter.


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