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I Love Mountains Day – Amazing guests, fantastic prizes, a date!

KFTC is putting on a very special event on a day that is of great importance to all Americans who want to see an end to mountaintop removal coal-mining. What is that day?

Valentine’s day of course!
(hint: That’s Feb 14th fellas)


The hardworking folks in Kentucky have put together an amazing lovers-day lineup for you and that someone special. And what better day to spend Valentines Day than with 100s of your friends, peers, and loved ones at the Kentucky state capitol, where we will be “in a unified voice saying NO to mountaintop removal and YES to legislation to protect our streams from being buried by mining wastes.

Kentucky is moving, in a serious way, to regulate mountaintop removal mining waste through their state legislature. But we need your participation in this is an all-hands-on-deck event.

Show up at 9AM if you are planning to lobby. Everyone will meet Room 113 in the Capitol Annex. Lobbying your state legislators is a BLAST, and one of the best ways to really educate and engage decision makers about the problem of mountaintop removal coal-mining. In all cases, you should attempt to schedule an appointment with your legislators as early as possible, and do your best to arrive with plenty of time to park, get through Capitol security, and so on.

If you can’t make it by 9, you’ve got time to make it to the rally at 11:30.
image From KFTC:

Join us in the Capitol Steps at 11:30 a.m. for the biggest rally against mountaintop removal ever held in the state capitol. We will have music by the Clack Mountain String Band and a variety of speakers including Wendell Berry and KFTC members who live near mountaintop removal sites. After the rally, if you can, plan on staying with us until 2 p.m. when the legislators go into session.

There will also be a chance to lobby Governor Beshear’s office.

Bottom line, this is a historic chance to let decision makers in Kentucky know how much you love mountains, and how important it is that Kentucky protect its streams from toxic mountaintop removal mining waste. Nothing is more fun that lobbying your state legislators. They are, in many cases, regular folks like you and I – teachers, tire store owners, farmers. We have a real opportunity to engage those individuals who are allowing our streams to be destroyed, while at the same time celebrating and protecting our mountains that we hold so dear.

Please register online at KFTC’s website. They have lobby materials for you down download, details on the day, and info on how you can get more folks involved at the state capitol on I Love Mountains Day!

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