Grassroots Appalachian activists have taken their campaign to halt Mountain Top Removal (MTR) mining to their largest stage yet--the United Nations. Participating in this weeks UN Commission on Sustainable Development, groups from Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia are asking the commission to do what local, state and federal government has either been unable or unwilling to do. Squarely face and take action on MTR.
Coal is garnering lots of attention lately as a new, "clean" energy alternative. While some technology can yield cleaner emissions from the burning of coal, the ecological and social impact of mining it in a non-sustainable manner is another story.
More on the process of MTR and the impacts it is having can be found in this previous post.
News Coverage of the UN delegation:
WCPO - Cincinnati
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