Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, has become a traditional day of 'great deals' and millions of cash transactions. One day after being 'thankful' we rush out to buy mountains of things. But this year, will you also consider investing in saving America's oldest mountains?
Of all the things we can give during the holidays I can think of no gift for our children more valuable and lasting than protecting Appalachia.
Monarch butterflies migrate from Canada to Mexico along Appalachian ridges, cold streams tumble over moss-covered rocks, and thousands of trails snake through forests where animal and plant species that exist no other place on Earth are found.
More than 1.4 million acres of this natural wonderland have already been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. If considered as its own country, the southeastern United States ranks sixth among nations for greenhouse emissions due to burning coal to produce electricity. We are the nation that has walked on the moon — we can do better. Appalachian Voices needs your help to end mountaintop removal forever and transition the Southeast from coal to a clean energy future.
It's not rocket science, but it takes money to fight 'Big Coal.' They've invested millions in maintaining the status quo. Will you invest the cost of a sweater in protecting our mountains?
Grateful for the mountains,
A new campaign on iLoveMountains.org, fueled by kids impacted by mountaintop removal, is asking President Obama to end the devastation of mountaintop removal coal mining once and for all. Nearly 5,000 people have sent their messages so far. [ Tell the President "No More Excuses - End Mountaintop Removal NOW!" ]
As we learned four years ago in Harriman, Tenn., coal ash waste is bad, threatening our health and our communities through contaminated rivers and drinking water. But some members of Congress are trying to pass legislation by the end of the year that would prevent oversight of the pollutant and allow the continued reckless disposal of toxic coal ash at over 1,000 sites in the country. [ ACT NOW -- Tell your senators to oppose Senate Bill 3512 ]
Two days after President Obama's re-election, we released a special report in conjunction with iLoveMountains.org using health data from over 20 peer-reviewed studies to map the human cost of mountaintop removal -- revealing the very real health disparities in Central Appalachia and reminding the president of his administration's promise to lead based on science. [ Read and share the report here ]