On Monday, thousands of people marched to the White House in the largest-ever mobilization to end mountaintop removal mining — Appalachia Rising.
People directly impacted by mountaintop removal in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, concerned citizens from coast to coast, and environmental, faith and social justice groups united in peaceful demonstration to call on President Obama’s administration to abolish this extreme, unjust form of mining.
Coal companies have already blown more than 500 of our oldest mountains to bits and buried 2,000 miles of streams in pursuit of Appalachia’s coal. Communities downwind and downstream are suffering from cancer, asthma and other diseases caused by air and water pollution.
Right now the EPA is deciding whether to veto what would be one of the largest mountaintop removal sites yet, the Spruce No. 1 Mine project in West Virginia.
President Obama and EPA head Lisa Jackson have the power to stop this escalating human and environmental injustice — and it’s time they do so once and for all.
How To Take Action:
1. If you are on Facebook, click this link to post this action to your profile!
2. Post this message on the Facebook pages of the White House and Lisa P. Jackson: I stand with people directly impacted by mountaintop removal mining to demand that you end it! Our mountains, our water, and the health and heritage of Appalachians depend on nothing less. End MTR Now!
3. Tweet one of these messages to your followers on Twitter:
Tell @lisapjackson @whitehouse: Veto Spruce Mine, end #MTR http://bit.ly/bolaOY (via @foe_us #AppRising) Pls RT
Stand with Appalachia, end #MTR @whitehouse @lisapjackson http://bit.ly/bolaOY (via @foe_us #AppRising)
Image Credit: Friends of the Earth US