Watch the film big coal doesn’t want you to see, this weekend in Bellingh
July 13, 2011
“The central front in the battle for America’s energy future, with enormous consequences for the health and economic prospects of every citizen, is the fight for Appalachian coal.” — Bill Haney, Director of The Last Mountain
Coal, which generates about half of the electricity produced in the United States, is the largest source of climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
What many people don’t know is that the primary method for mining coal in Appalachia is an environmentally disastrous practice known as mountaintop removal mining. To stop mountaintop removal, it’s essential to raise awareness about its devastating impacts.
An important new film called The Last Mountain is doing just that. The film is opening this weekend in Bellingham. Can you attend one of the opening showings?
In recent years, mountaintop removal mining has destroyed 500 Appalachian mountains, decimated 1 million acres of forest, and buried 2000 miles of streams.
The fight against big coal nationwide is building serious momentum. And one of the key battles in that fight is over mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia, where about 30% of the coal in the United States in mined.
The Last Mountain tells the story of mountaintop removal mining through the lens of Coal River Valley in West Virginia, where activists are trying to stop Massey Energy and other big coal companies from continuing to destroy their communities.
For a film like The Last Mountain, it is essential to show box office strength on opening weekend. If enough of us go to see the film in the first few days, then it’s more likely that The Last Mountain will open in additional theatres and get more show times in the theaters where it’s already scheduled to screen. So not only can you see this important film, but you can help give the film much needed momentum by attending on opening weekend.
Thanks for joining us in the fight against big coal.
Josh Nelson, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets