On June 23rd Dr. James Hansen, a leading climate scientists and environmental hero, will join community members in Coal
River Valley, West Virginia to launch a year of activism to end mountaintop removal coal mining. Blowing the tops off of mountain ranges to harvest dirty coal harms the people and places of Appalachia, destroys the economic potential of the Appalachian Mountains for clean energy opportunities and furthers the burning of climate killing coal.
Dr. Hansen and the people of West Virginia need you and as many friends as you can muster to come to West Virginia on June 23rd to help build the wave of activism needed to stop mountaintop removal this year.
This is the year we must stop the most ecologically and culturally destructive form of strip mining on earth.
WHEN: 12:00pm-3:00pm, Tuesday June 23rd
WHERE: Marsh Fork Elementary, 8801 Coal River Rd Naoma, WV 25140
WHAT: At Marsh Fork Elementary at 12:00 noon Dr. Hansen and MTR impacted community members will begin the day by speaking out about the problems with MTR. The elementary school is next to a mountaintop removal mine operated by Massey Energy; threatening children with chemicals and coal dust, and just 400 yards downslope from a 2.8 billion gallon coal sludge impoundment (if the impoundment were breached there would be less than three minutes to evacuate the School). At 1:00pm the crowd will march a short distance to Massey Energy’s office of operations. Standing in defiance at the Massey Energy property line of a mountaintop removal mining operation, Dr. Hansen, 94-year-old former Representative Hechler and dozens of Coal River Valley residents will risk arrest in a line crossing civil disobedience. This is the next big step in stopping mountaintop removal where it starts.
For more information, please contact Annie Sartor at: annie [at] ran [dot] org
Mountaintop removal, the world’s worst strip mining, is unacceptable. Period. Join the fight to end mountaintop removal coal mining on June 23rd.