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Mountain Justice: Homegrown Resistance to Mountaintop Removal, for the Future of Us Allby Tricia Shapiro
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"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."—Mike Roselle, Earth First! founder and author of Tree Spiker
Mountaintop removal (MTR) does exactly what it says: A mountaintop is stripped of trees, blown to bits with explosives, then pushed aside by giant equipment?all to expose a layer of coal to be mined. In recent years, local people fighting against MTR'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.
"This on-the-ground, insider report of a grassroots effort to end mountaintop removal in Appalachia is a fascinating account of why building solidarity across geographic, age, class, and philosophical lines in such struggles is so important but so hard."—Steve Fisher, editor, Fighting Back in Appalachia: Traditions of Resistance and Change
"Tricia Shapiro has told us the heart of the matter—the dignity, the strength, the loving kindness of the folk who have given all that they have to save a precious and enduring place on the Earth."—Jack Spadaro, whistleblower and former director of the National Mine Safety and Health Academy
Tricia Shapiro has been closely following and writing about efforts to end large-scale strip mining for coal in Appalachia since 2004. She lives on a remote mountain homestead in western North Carolina, near the Tennessee border.
Illuminating the human and environmental catastrophe coal companies don't want you to see.
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.--Mike Roselle, Earth First founder and author of Tree Spiker
Mountaintop removal (MTR) does exactly what it says: a mountaintop is stripped of trees, blown to bits with explosives, then pushed aside by giant equipment--all to expose a layer of coal to be mined. Hundreds of thousands of acres of ancient forested mountains have been removed this way and will never again support the biologically rich and diverse forest and stream communities that evolved there over millions of years--all to support our flawed national energy policy.
Mountain Justice tells a terrific set of firsthand stories about living with MTR and offers on-the-scene--and behind-the-scenes--reporting of what people are doing to try to stop it. Tricia Shapiro lets the victims of mountaintop removal and their allies tell their own stories, allowing moments of quiet dignity and righteous indignation to share center stage. Includes coverage of the sharp escalation of anti-MTR civil disobedience, with more than 130 arrests in West Virginia alone during the first year of the Obama administration.
Tricia Shapiro has been closely following and writing about efforts to end large-scale strip mining for coal in Appalachia since 2004. She now lives on a remote mountain homestead in western North Carolina, near the Tennessee border.
About the Author
Tricia Shapiro: Tricia Shapiro is a writer living in North Carolina. She has written 20-plus books on a variety of topics for young adults (with a special focus on the environment and social relations), under the name Tricia Andryszewski. Since 2004 she's been something of an embedded reporter covering the civil disobedience and direct action wing of the anti-Mountain Top Removal movement.
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