Mountain Justice: Homegrown Resistance to Mountaintop Removal, for the Future of Us All

Mountain Justice: Homegrown Resistance to Mountaintop Removal, for the Future of Us All

by Tricia Shapiro

Half Price! Mountaintop removal is what it sounds like: A mountaintop is stripped of trees, blown to bits with explosives, pushed aside by giant equipment—all to expose a layer of coal to be mined. In recent years, local people fighting against this practice's destruction of their homes in West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia have invited volunteers from outside Appalachia's coalfields to help them bring national attention to this shameful practice, and abolish it. Since the Mountain Justice campaign began in 2005, dozens of local coalfield residents, students, Earth Firsters, and others have been arrested in nonviolent protest actions against MTR.

 

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—Mike Roselle, Earth First! founder and author of Tree Spiker 2/15/2012

Shapiro is one of the few writers on this subject that actually understands the strategy, the tactics, and the internal politics of a dynamic and growing movement. This is environmental journalism at it best.