Monday, September 21, 2009
A group of about 30 protesters held a "flash mob" today on the river walk outside of PNC Park on the North Shore to protest the International Pittsburgh Coal Conference that is being hosted by The University of Pittsburgh. The protesters blocked the path of coal executive's sight seeing tour and performed an interpretive dance that was designed to show that reliance on coal can be defeated. As the protesters performed their dance and blocked the sight seeing tour Dr. Kola Mudashiru of Newcastle University engaged the protesters and asked them to stop by the conference so they can have a civil conversation about the environmental effects of coal. Dr. Mudashiru said that the dangers of coal can be avoided through processes such as carbon capture. After about five minutes the sight seeing tour was able to move on past the protesters.