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Being a Steward

The Center for American Progress recently did a broad survey about “faith, values, and “the common good” in America. There is a slideshow of the results here.

Some things I thought were interesting…

Firstly, out of the four major regions, the South was represented with 35% of the total sample of participants. So, I think that we were definitely well represented, if not even a bit overly so.

When Americans were asked if it was their moral and social responsibility to be good stewards of land, air, water, and to leave the environment better than we found it, a whopping 80% said yes. It was the most agreed upon of all the issue statements in the survey.

Asked to name the most serious moral crisis in America today, 28% of Americans cite “kids not raised with the right values”; followed by 22% saying “corruption in government/business”; 17% saying “greed and materialism” or “people too focused on themselves.””

I’ve always been a believer in people.
This survey proves that Americans…
1) Want to leave the land better than they found it.
2) Believe that one of the most serious moral crises in our country is rampant corruption in government business, and greed/materialism.

That’s why we don’t have to lie or exaggerate the way the government or the coal companies have to. We just have to show them what is happening to our mountains.

(Check out our new MTR Photo Gallery for more sobering evidence of the destruction)

You can also ask your representative to co-sponsor the “Clean Water Protection Act (HR 2719)” which would end mountaintop removal. Just let them know that, since 4 out of every 5 Americans think we should leave the environment better than we found it, stopping mountaintop removal would be both beneficial to our country, and extremely popular.





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