Hello kids! I’m Ana, and I’m fifteen years old. I started this website when I was ten, with one goal in mind: to educate kids about mountaintop removal and help kids take action against it. In my other articles I may refer to mountain top removal as MTR. What is MTR? Great question! I’ll give you a hint. MTR has something to do with coal companies blowing up mountains! Look below and you’ll find out!
Mountain top removal coal mining is a form of coal mining where coal companies literally blow up mountains to get to the coal. Mountain top removal happens in 5 steps:
1. The coal companies cut down and remove all the trees, bushes and the top layer of soil. A lot of the time the coal companies don’t do anything but burn the vegetation or dump everything into a valley fill. (A valley fill is a valley that coal companies are basically using as a trash can. Valley fills contain waste left over from the MTR process and can be hundreds of feet deep. See valley fills for more.)
A new book is coming out about Mountaintop Removal! Here is a sneak peek of Lone Mountain.
This is the story of Lone Mountain, who is friends with the people who use the mountain slopes for food, water and medicine. When mountaintop removal threatens to destroy Lone Mountain, the people set out to teach others about the ways the Appalachian Mountains help all of us and save Lone Mountain.
Do you want to learn more? Go to the website www.lonemountainbook.com for information and more about the wonderful team of people behind Lone Mountain. To make sure this book gets published, the team is raising money to pay for printing the book. You and your parents can help by going to http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-lone-mountain-book to donate money or order a copy to enjoy.
Don’t you think it’s time?
A bunch of kids, including me, got together to talk about Mountaintop Removal and to tell President Obama:
No More Excuses! End Mountaintop Removal Today!
Some folks at Appalachian Voices filmed us and put it together, and here is the result:
With your parents’ permission, you can tell President Obama the same thing by going to http://ilovemountains.org/no-more-excuses and writing your own message about stopping MTR!
For more information, go to ilovemountains.org.
Do you want to take your part in ending MTR?
The first step is easy. Go to http://www.ilovemountains.org/ and pledge to end MTR. You can choose to get emails and updates about MTR. While you’re there, check out some of the resources on the website. Every voice counts.
May 27th was Ison Rock’s 460,000,000th Birthday. Ison Rock is under threat of being mountaintop removal mined. My dad along with others from the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards met in the town of Appalachia to celebrate Ison Rock’s Birthday and protest it being mountaintop removal mined. I put together this slideshow to talk about Ison Rock and the protest they had. Enjoy!