The Burden


Free showing! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at 7:30PM.
Auditorium (Room 4110), Memorial Hall, 395 S. High St., James Madison University

The cost is high. The risk is great. Why the U.S. military is leading the fight for clean energy.

THE BURDEN is the first documentary of its kind to tell the story of our dependence on fossil fuels as the greatest long­‐term national security threat confronting the U.S., and how the military is leading our transition away from oil. The troops are crying out, in the words of Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, “to unleash us from the tether of fuel.” But is Congress listening? Will it listen once Gen. Mattis is in the cabinet?

georgekralovec_63After the film we will hear from Lieutenant Colonel George Kralovec, USMC (Ret). He is a veteran of a career as a Marine F-4 “Phantom” pilot. His 26 years with the Marines included 213 combat missions in Vietnam, two tours as an advanced flight instructor, two tours on Pentagon staff, and four operational command assignments in the U.S. and East Asia.

Following retirement in 2010 George completed a two year program for certification as a Sustainability Professional. He is in his fifth year as a volunteer with the American Association for the Advancement of Science STEM Senior Scientist and Engineer (SSE) Program, joining over 150 other retired scientists and engineers to provide weekly assistance to science teachers in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia public schools.

George joined Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) in March 2014, and is currently leader of the VA Fairfax chapter, liaison for Virginia District 11, DC Director for CCL’s Conservative Caucus, and DC Coordinator for CCL’s Climate and National Security Action Team.

There are many reasons to unleash the military. Here are just two of them:

Putting Our Troops in Harm’s Way — The US military uses more oil than any other organization in the world. Everything from tanks to fighter jets to humvees to generators use oil. Delivering that oil on the battlefield is a dangerous job. In Afghanistan, every 1 in 24 fuel convoys ended with a casualty.

Fossil Fuels Exacerbate Natural Disasters — Fossil fuel consumption is linked to an increase in extreme weather events that directly impact our military readiness. Our military is the best first responder in the world, receiving a foreign disaster relief request every two weeks, which comes at great cost to U.S. taxpayers. Limiting the environmental challenges linked to carbon emissions will save money and place less stress on an already over-extended military.

Hosted by the:
Shenandoah Group of the VA Sierra Club
JMU Climate Justice Coalition
JMU School of Media Arts and Design
Climate Action Alliance of the Valley.

All welcome to attend!

Trump defence secretary favourite “gets climate change”, The Guardian

Vehicle Donations for Virginia Clean Cities

vccgraycarVirginia Clean Cities is a Harrisonburg nonprofit housed at James Madison University working statewide to improve vehicle efficiency and pave the way for clean fuel vehicles.  If you have a vehicle that you need to be rid of, and want a tax-deduction for it, they would love to take it off your hands!

Here’s how it works: You spend a few minutes filling out a simple online form.  Virginia Clean Cities will contact you to arrange pick up of the vehicle at no cost to you. That’s it. Pretty simple, right?

The best part? You get to empty your parking lot, help fight climate change by using cleaner vehicles, boost our local economy, AND get a tax deduction all at once, just by spending a few minutes of your time filling out some paperwork. Everyone wins!

And don’t worry. If you don’t have a car to donate, there are plenty of other ways you can help support Virginia Clean Cities. With as little as $8 a month you can make a difference! Visit our membership page to take a look at how you can join us in fighting climate change and creating a more sustainable, stronger Virginia.

More information is available at  or by contacting Alleyn Harned,  Virginia Clean Cities executive director, at (540) 568-889 or by email at