Mother Earth Living

The Good Life

All things Mother Earth Living

Add to My MSN

Documentary Shows Devastating Effects of Coal Mining

11/11/2009 12:00:00 AM

Tags: coal, coal mining, Coal Country, documentary, mountaintop removal

This week a new documentary that reveals the shocking effects of mountaintop-removal coal mining, a process that blasts off the tops of mountains to expose the coal within, is debuting on your TV screen and at house parties across the nation.

coal mining 1
The beauty of the Appalachian Mountains is threatened by coal mining. Photo Courtesy Sierra Club. 

Coal Country, produced by Mari-Lynn Evans and Phylis Geller,reveals the hazards of mountaintop-removal mining pm the environment—including forest destruction and water pollution. The film follows Appalachia residents, miners and the activists protesting the practices of Appalachian coal companies.

coal mining 2
In West Virginia, an increase in mountaintop removal mining has meant a decrease in jobs as people are replaced with machines. Photo By Mark Schmerling/Courtesy Sierra Club. 

A 40-minute sneak preview of the documentary will be held November 9 through 15 at Coal Country house parties throughout the nation. Find a party near you on the Sierra Club’s website. Party attendees will watch the preview, discuss the film and have the opportunity to write a letter to the Obama administration calling for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining. Actress Ashley Judd will join the parties via telephone.

coal mining 3
West Virginia's Kayford Mountain has been almost entirely destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. Photo By Mark Schmerling/Courtesy Sierra Club. 

If you can’t attend a party, tune in to Planet Green on November 14 at 8 p.m. EST, November 15 at 12 p.m. EST, November 19 at 11 p.m. EST or November 20 at 3 p.m. EST.



Content Tools




Post a comment below.

 



Subscribe Today!

Pay Now & Save 58% Off the Cover Price

(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here