Tuesday, December 4, 2007

devastated mountains, devastated people

on a regular basis we receive updates about the catastrophic effects of mountain top removal as a means of mining for coal.  living in kentucky as followers of jesus, we believe this to be the single most significant justice issue in our region, relating to both humanity and the environment.

see this link - My Connection - for more information.  i read an email today with this quote from robert f. kennedy, jr:

"Coal's most catastrophic and permanent impacts are from mountaintop removal mining. If the American people could see what I have seen from the air and ground during my many trips to the coalfields of Kentucky and West Virginia: leveled mountains, devastated communities, wrecked economies and ruined lives, there would be a revolution in this country.

Well now you can visit coal country without ever having to leave your home. Every presidential candidate and every American ought to take a few seconds to visit an ingenious new website [iLoveMountains.org] that allows one to tour the obliterated landscapes of Appalachia....

The amazing new website allows you to enter your zip code to learn how you're personally connected to the great crime of mountaintop removal. Using this website Americans from Maine to California can see these mountains and the communities that were sacrificed to power their home....

The site puts a human face on the issue by highlighting the stories of families living in the shadows of these mines.....

This new website finally exposes this national disgrace for every American to witness.

from whom, what type and where we get our energy REALLY matters.  if available "green energy" is the best option at this stage.  and of course, conserving every day is even better.

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