[Imc-bigmuddy] Appalachian Treasures, MTR coal mining => two venues this week
Kris Schachel, SICSF
sustain at siu.edu
Tue Sep 26 17:31:10 PDT 2006
(apologies for any cross-postings)
When: On Wednesday, September 27th at 7pm
Where: Interfaith Center, 913 S. Illinois Avenue, at the corner of US 51
and Grand Avenue.
Who: The Interfaith Center will host
What: Appalachian Treasures, a free multi-media presentation about a
critical social & environmental justice issue -- mountaintop removal coal
mining (MTR) in the mountains of Central Appalachia. Meet the people who
are fighting to protect their homes, their families, and the mountains
themselves from the irreversible destruction caused by MTR.
At the heart of this special event is the stunning Appalachian Treasures
slideshow, featuring photos of Appalachia and mining sites, voice recordings
from coalfield residents, and traditional Appalachian music.
Come and learn about mountaintop removal coal mining and how you can help
stop the destruction of our nation's oldest mountains and the people and
culture of Appalachia.
Admission is free. Please contact Dwight Welch at 618.203.2559 for more
Appalachian Treasures Coordinator
sandra.diaz at earthlink.net
Help end mountaintop removal! Click here:
You can now view the extent of destruction caused by mountaintop removal
using Google Earth on this website!
PROGRAM REPEATS THURSDAY:
The Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship
APPALACHIAN TREASURES: Helping Our Neighbors in Appalachia End Mountaintop
Removal Coal Mining.
The Forum will meet on Thursday, September 28, at 7:00 P.M.
in Fellowship Hall, 105 North Parrish Lane at Sunset.
Community Forum Schedule
APPALACHIAN TREASURES : Helping Our Neighbors in Appalachia End Mountaintop
Removal Coal Mining .The Forum will meet on Thursday, September 28, at 7:00
P.M. in theFellowship Hall.
We invite your readers, listeners and viewers , who support the healing ,
protection, and reclaiming our environment to an important meeting. We ask
your support by helping us publicize this wonderful program. We invite
interviews, announcements, or press reportage of this event. Express your
interest by attending and participating, actively or passively, with other
members of our local community . This is a grass roots and
organizational effort to stop mountain top blasting. This a crime against
our earth ;help us stop it! All change begins with an individual becoming
aware and then seeking the participation of others of like mind. It's all
local in the beginning!
"The true cost of coal is here," she said quietly, staring off into the
crisp mountain air, at her mountain. "We pay for it with our lives and our
future. And also our past." ~ Maria Gunnoe - Bob White, WV
One of America 's most heartbreaking environmental and human rights
tragedies, mountaintop removal is destroying the region's rich culture &
heritage, as well as the ancient, beautiful mountains and diverse forests of
the Appalachian range.
At the heart of this special presentation is the stunning Appalachian
Treasures slideshow featuring photos of Appalachia , mining sites, voice
recordings from coalfield residents,and some traditional Appalachian music.
Join Appalachian Voices , The Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship Program
Committee, humanitarian, environmental, social justice groups, and
supportive individuals for this powerful & compelling presentation on
mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia . Learn how you can help your
neighbors in Appalachia end mountaintop removal
Contact : Appalachian Voices: 877-277-8642, apptreasures at appvoices.org. For
more information about mountaintop removal e-mail:carbondaleuu at verizon.net
or Bob Camp terrinina at aol.com., telephone: 618-529 2439 or 351-0083
View images of mountaintop removal at:
*What is Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining?*
Mountain Top Removal (MTR) coal mining is a relatively new type of strip
mining that involves blasting up to 1000 feet of mountain top into rubble,
then dumping the debris into nearby valleys & streams. This practice has
already turned at least a million acres of forested mountains into barren
moonscape across the Appalachian coalfields and buried over 1,200 miles of
streams. Mountaintop removal coal mining presently occurs in West Virginia
, Kentucky , Virginia , and Tennessee .
Families and communities near these mines contend with appalling conditions,
including destruction of water supplies, continual daily dynamite blasting
that damages homes & wells and creates choking dust, and the fear of fatal,
catastrophic floods with every rainfall.
There are other ways of mining coal that are safer for surrounding
communities, provide exponentially more jobs, and do not destroy the beauty
of the Appalachian mountains.
Since the 1990's Appalachian Voices has worked with coalfield residents to
end mountaintop removal. Over the course of these years we realized that
mountain top removal will continue if the American people remain unaware
that such, an unjust, destructive and short-sighted enterprise is happening
on our soil. The goal of Appalachian Treasures is to educate the public and
decision makers about MTR and about efforts to stop the practice about
efforts to stop the practice.
Most coalfield communities are rural and isolated. In states where big coal
companies hold overwhelming political power, the opposition of coalfield
citizens alone is not enough to stop mountain top removal.
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