Sep 22, 2018

The destruction of Appalachia by the coal mining companies with our government's blessing

Published Mar 12, 2007, 12:00pm




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National Memorial for the Mountains... Appalachia is dying!

Mining activists in Appalachia are some of the most dedicated people in the world. They live in fear of blasting, flooding, overweight coal trucks, and slurry releases and still they keep hope. There is an old hymn that says, “Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters, I shall not be moved.” In Appalachia, they have destroyed the trees, polluted our water, cut off the tops of our mountains, and blasted the foundations of our homes, but we will not be moved.

The National Memorial for the Mountains is an online memorial that uses the popular Google Earth software to show the massive scale of destruction occurring in Appalachia. The memorial identifies more than 470 mountains destroyed by mountaintop removal and connects visitors to stories, photos, maps, videos and interviews of local residents to tell the stories of those mountains and nearby communities.

iLoveMountains.org Introductory Video
More than 470 mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. Watch this video about mountaintop removal featuring Woody Harrelson.



National Memorial for the Mountains Video
An introductory video explaining the National Memorial for the Mountains and the
process of mountaintop removal mining



Appalachian Treasures Video
Podcast of Appalachian Treasures, a multimedia presentation that features photos that capture the beauty of Appalachia as well as the modern legacy of industrial strip mining: flattened mountains and flooded communities. The video features voice recordings of local people recounting the daily struggles of life in the coalfields as well as traditional music of Appalachia.



Getting the Word Out

Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Daryl Hannah, and Woody Harrelson are helping us spread the word about mountaintop removal by featuring iLoveMountains on their websites. They are joining thousands of other supporters across the nation in lifting the cloak of secrecy that has allowed coal companies to destroy over 470 mountains, and counting.

We need your help now: www.ilovemountains.org



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