Image Credit: Mountain Justice

Image Credit: Mountain Justice

The hideous practice known as mountaintop coal removal is one of the greatest environmental and human rights crises occuring in the U.S. to date. Increasingly, the destructive practices of MTR are making activist out of almost everyone who learns of its devastation. One source of outrage is the failed government action (both state and federal) of the Obama administration under the EPA chief Lisa Jackson, which is aiding and abetting the coal industry. According to Mountain Justice;  Jackson continues to issue MTR permits that violate the Clean Water Act and various other environmental laws. 

An event scheduled for September 14th-18th gives you the opportunity to meet and support the people who work tirelessly to stop mountaintop coal removal and those who continue to expose the pro-coal, do- nothing state environmental regulators at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

Asheville NC, September 14-18 | Climate Ground Zero will host a series of events to support the campaign to END mountaintop removal coal mining.

In the heart of Appalachia there is a silent war being waged.  It’s a war against the people; it’s a war against the environment.  The casualties of this war suffer in silence as Americas need for cheaper fuel sources increase.

Please join Climate Ground Zero for a week of events as artists, activists and educators come together to expose the truth about mountaintop removal coal mining.  Meet those who are fighting on the front lines of Appalachia’s silent war

Day by day events

September 14– Writemind Institute 7PM : Photo exhibit with guest speakers Mike Roselle and Ed WIley

September 16– Modaddys 8PM : Old time mountain and bluegrass music featuring Andrew McNight and the LoneTones.

September 17– Asheville Pizza and Brew 9:30PM : the Asheville premier of “Coal Country” dramatic look at modern coal mining. Get to know working miners along with activists who are battling coal companies in Appalachia

September 18– Carolina Cinema 7:30PM : The North Carolina Premier of the award winning film “One Water”.  Followed by a cocktail reception and panel discussion. Musical performance by activist and musician Jen Osha.

For more information please contact Azure Samuels at 828-606-1373

Climate Ground Zero is an ongoing campaign of non-violent civil disobedience to address mountaintop removal coal mining and its effects on our future. For more information visit Climate Ground Zero’s Facebook page.

Here is a glimpse into the war Ground Zero is fighting

The two Edwight tree sitters, Nick Stocks and Laura Steepleton, came down from their 80-foot tulip poplar perches this afternoon and were taken into State Police custody. They have been preventing more blasting from rocking the homes of Pettry Bottom because harmful government inaction has failed to do so. They have both been charged with trespass, obstruction and littering, and their bail has been set at $25,000 each. For the past five days, they endured psychological torture, verbal assault and threats.

Anonymous eyewitnesses said the Massey-hired security guards were telling the treesitters they were going to rape and kill the treesitters. On Sunday night, the guards put a running chainsaw to both trees, cutting them a little bit. The guards told Steepleton today that they were going to get them out of the tree no matter what because Massey ordered them to.

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H/T Sandy