On October 14, the Sierra Club teamed up with half-a-dozen allied groups comprising the Asheville Beyond Coal Coalition to create a 34-boat flotilla on Lake Julian in front of the Asheville Plant, a coal-fired generating station in Asheville, North Carolina.
Undeterred by windy, rainy weather, more than a hundred citizens took to the water in kayaks and canoes and deployed three 17-foot-long banners with the Asheville Plant as a backdrop, sending the message, "Let's Move Asheville Beyond Coal."
"This is the largest Beyond Coal flotilla yet," says Sierra Club organizer Kelly Martin, below. The Club has organized similar floating rallies recently in Baltimore, Seattle, and other locales around the country.petition postcards and drafting a letter-to-the-editor for submission to area newspapers. "The afternoon wrapped up with solar-powered bluegrass music, food, mingling, and fun!" says Martin.