Posted by: hankwillenbrink | February 8, 2009

Kentucky Waterways & the Wild and Scenic Enviromental Film Festival

I got a chance last night to watch the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival put on by Kentucky Waterways and was struck with how much work needs to be done in our own backyard with regards to mountain top removal and other corporate demands from coal mining that aren’t being met.  If you don’t know anything about it, or very little, I urge you to visit I LOVE MOUNTAINS.  Or simply download Google Earth and there should be an application which allows you to view mountain top removal sites.  The footage is astonishing, and perhaps more so is the way that coal companies are putting the lives of rural folks at risk.

If you’re someone like me, who was born in Eastern KY, whose parents live there, who hears people sing the praises of the new “Clean Coal,” and believes them:  Think again.  Not only does coal still have a devistating effect on our atmosphere, the methods being used to mine it are hazardous to local economies (coal miners have been decreasing while coal production has been increasing), and to local familes (from the company’s methods of “cleaning” the coal).  It’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed by the problem, esp. considering that coal accounts for nearly HALF of the energy that this country uses.  But, we can all take small steps – turning off lights, unplugging chargers, and being more aware of our usage.

So, kudos to Kentucky Waterways for an insightful film festival and for all their hard work in the Commonwealth.


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